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Old Jan 5, 2013, 12:16 am
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This is just a scratchpad for now, throwing some links to some commonly-used threads in the AS forum. If you can see the "Edit" button on this wikipost, please use it and help us develop this!

How should I refer to Alaska in this forum?
AS. Alaska's two-letter IATA designation comes from the days when it was briefly known as Alaska Star Airlines. We use AS here to respect that heritage. Kidding; we use it so we can pretend we're part of some sort of elite club of smart people. Whatever you do, don't refer to Alaska as "AK"--we'll either get confused that you're talking about the state or that little discount airline in Southeast Asia known as "Air Asia." Or AA, that's American Airlines. Otherwise, we'll pretend to be confused and will (hopefully) gently correct you so you can be a member of the secret insider's club, too.

Index of notable threads in the AS forum:

If you're new, feel free ask your question here:
2021 Alaska Airlines *FLAME-FREE Q&A thread: all welcome, new and old!
2020 Alaska Airlines *FLAME-FREE Q&A thread: all welcome, new and old! (closed)

2019 Airlines *FLAME-FREE* Q&A thread: all welcome, new and old!
2017 Alaska Airlines *FLAME-FREE* Q&A thread: all welcome, new and old!
2016 Alaska Airlines *FLAME-FREE* Q&A thread: all welcome, new and old!(closed)
2015 Alaska Airlines *FLAME-FREE* Q&A thread: all welcome, new and old! (closed)


Statistics threads:
I got/didn't get MVP/G/75K Upgrade (2019)
I got/didn't get MVP/G/75K Upgrade (2018)
Your Next AS/QX Flight
Post your baggage service guarantee successes

Notable benefits for AS flyers discussion threads:
Companion Fare FAQ
Upgrade Waitlist Issues Moving from MVP to Gold (or 75K)
Using MVP Gold Guest Upgrade (GGU) Certificates
AS MVPG+ and booking with Chase UR points
Same Day Confirmed Change (SDC)

Expiring Miles?
Opinionterminal miles post almost instantly

At the Airport:
TSA Adds AS to Pre✓ Program
Board Room Meeting Thread
Soup Lovers - Read it and Weep! (The AS Board Room Soup Thread)

Onboard:
What Will Alaska be Serving in First Class on Your Flight - 2021 Edition
What Will Alaska be serving in First Class on Your Flight - 2020 Edition
What Will Alaska be serving in First Class on Your Flight - 2019 Edition
What Will Alaska be serving in First Class on Your Flight - 2018 Edition
What Will Alaska be serving in First Class on Your Flight - 2016 Edition
What Will Alaska be serving in First Class on Your Flight - Reports 2015 (closed)
What Will Alaska be serving in First Class on Your Flight - Discussion (closed)

The DigEplayer Dirge
b737-900ER

Mileage Plan Offers and Promotions:
Club 49 Double Miles!
Promo Triple Miles on SEA-ANC and other Routes
Alaska Airlines credit cards
Alaska Airlines credit cards (closed)

From the Horse's Mouth:
How Complimentary Upgrades Work

AS Elite Status on Partners:


Partner Award Booking Questions:
Cathay Pacific (CX) Award Redemption, Booking and Availability 2017 and Later
CX (Cathay) Award availability - F & J
Emirates (EK) awards availability/booking/routing thread (consolidated)

The Archives:
From the land of OMNI

Other Fun:
Ask the Pilot
Celebrity Sightings on AS
Where we all hang out (Off-Topic Chatter)

New AA Earning Rates Aug 2016
Post explaining four booking scenarios for AA flights and how they would accrue against Mileage Plan
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Alaska Airlines FAQ and Thread Index (WORK IN PROGRESS) -- Wiki Needs YOUR Help!

Old Jul 20, 2016, 11:22 am
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Seat Selection

I think a entry on seat selection rules would be great.

I just booked a round trip to SNA for my wife and I and on the PDX-SNA leg only middles open. SNA-PDX no seats. Thought I was going to have a VDB opportunity then remembered the T-24 opening up. I couldn't remember the exact rules though. From reading a couple of recent threads, it sounds pretty simple.

With no status get to grab the seats at T-24 mark, beside the preferred plus. correct?
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Old Jul 20, 2016, 12:19 pm
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Originally Posted by pfpdx
I think a entry on seat selection rules would be great.

I just booked a round trip to SNA for my wife and I and on the PDX-SNA leg only middles open. SNA-PDX no seats. Thought I was going to have a VDB opportunity then remembered the T-24 opening up. I couldn't remember the exact rules though. From reading a couple of recent threads, it sounds pretty simple.

With no status get to grab the seats at T-24 mark, beside the preferred plus. correct?
Correct. I had no trouble grabbing a window seat in, say, row 10 right at T-24 before I hit MVP.
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Old Jul 20, 2016, 2:03 pm
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And can purchase preferred plus seats then too.

One slight asterisk I'd add is I've seen the preferred seats unblocked prior to OLCI/T-24 so don't be afraid to recheck the seat map in advance!
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Old Sep 5, 2016, 10:23 am
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Added the following link to missydarlin's post on the new AA earning rates onto the wiki:

Four booking scenarios for AA flights and how they earn against Mileage Plan

It still comes up in new threads every so often so i figured having it here would be useful.
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Old Jan 5, 2019, 5:35 pm
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Updated some links to make them current to 2019. I am relatively new to actively posting here and didn't want to prune the tree too much. But some things seem ready to go (I am looking at you Delta benefits as AS elite....) Any opposition to trimming?
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Old Jan 12, 2019, 7:54 pm
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Originally Posted by williwaw
Updated some links to make them current to 2019. I am relatively new to actively posting here and didn't want to prune the tree too much. But some things seem ready to go (I am looking at you Delta benefits as AS elite....) Any opposition to trimming?
no opposition here.
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Old Feb 13, 2019, 1:34 pm
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Would AS give any compensation for a broken seat AC? It's boiling hot for some reason and the AC is broken so I'm stuck suffering with it - and I'm usually freezing on flights
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Old Mar 18, 2019, 3:35 am
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Originally Posted by James Gan
Would AS give any compensation for a broken seat AC? It's boiling hot for some reason and the AC is broken so I'm stuck suffering with it - and I'm usually freezing on flights
In flight or on the ground? Did you tell the crew?
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Old Apr 26, 2021, 2:13 pm
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I've never purchased a ticket on AS before. After buying a coach fare, is there typically an option shown on the website to buy up to first, or does one need to call reservations?
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Old Apr 26, 2021, 2:53 pm
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Originally Posted by GrumpyYoungMan
I've never purchased a ticket on AS before. After buying a coach fare, is there typically an option shown on the website to buy up to first, or does one need to call reservations?
when you look up fares, you will see three columns.
Saver, Main and First.
For example,
SEA/LAX in June on a Tuesday
First is $229. Main is $89. Saver is $69. upgrade to Premium is $22
You can only upgrade to Premium after purchasing Main.
. Oh, realized you can upfare to First. You have to call AS Reservations to do that.
Hope this helps.
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Old Apr 26, 2021, 4:34 pm
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Originally Posted by pcoll
when you look up fares, you will see three columns.
Saver, Main and First.
For example,
SEA/LAX in June on a Tuesday
First is $229. Main is $89. Saver is $69. upgrade to Premium is $22
You can only upgrade to Premium after purchasing Main.
. Oh, realized you can upfare to First. You have to call AS Reservations to do that.
Hope this helps.
It does, many thanks! I meant to post this in the newbie thread and didn't realize I was still here.

Thanks again!
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Old Dec 8, 2022, 9:39 pm
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Was the discussion posted online somewhere? If so, can someone share a link?
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Old Dec 9, 2022, 10:28 am
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Originally Posted by ASA_1
Was the discussion posted online somewhere? If so, can someone share a link?
What discussion are you referring to?
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