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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:
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)

Expiring Miles?

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 - 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

From the Horse's Mouth:
How Complimentary Upgrades Work

AS Elite Status on Partners:
<Insert current 2019 content here>

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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Old Jan 5, 13, 12:15 am
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Alaska Airlines FAQ and Thread Index (WORK IN PROGRESS--wiki needs YOUR help!)

See (and contribute to!) the wikipost above.

ETA: It appears that the function for general members to edit the wiki is not yet enabled. I'll update with news when I hear some. See next post for exciting update!

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Old Apr 23, 13, 7:15 pm
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Wikis can now be edited by any member with at least 90 posts and 90 days of membership on FlyerTalk. I am looking forward to all of you helping out our fellow members by working on the wiki in this thread to make it organized and useful!
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Old Apr 23, 13, 11:16 pm
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Originally Posted by jackal View Post
Wikis can now be edited by any member with at least 90 posts and 90 days of membership on FlyerTalk. I am looking forward to all of you helping out our fellow members by working on the wiki in this thread to make it organized and useful!
Glad this functionality has been enabled for members. Rearranged/added a little. Changed all links to {{url=Option}value{/url}} format for easier interpretation.
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Old Apr 24, 13, 12:39 am
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Originally Posted by kwl747 View Post
Glad this functionality has been enabled for members. Rearranged/added a little. Changed all links to {{url=Option}value{/url}} format for easier interpretation.
Thanks! One of the feature requests I put in for the wiki project was for auto-parsing of URLs leading to threads (like what currently happens in regular posts), but I don't think that's been implemented yet. Thanks for making it look a lot prettier.
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Old Apr 24, 13, 3:02 am
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Probably not a huge concern but just realized with this thread wikis are not visible with FT mobile.
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Old Apr 24, 13, 8:19 am
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Probably not a huge concern but just realized with this thread wikis are not visible with FT mobile.
Interesting--it doesn't appear on http://m.flyertalk.com, either.

Either way, just get a real phone and use the regular website.
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Old May 29, 13, 2:54 pm
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Could we add content for the partner benefits also, specifically AA and DL. There's a general DL benefits thread, a DL upgrade thread(ha!). I think there's a general AA benefits thread also, plus some issues with seat selection.
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Old May 29, 13, 3:47 pm
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Originally Posted by asdf1223 View Post
Could we add content for the partner benefits also, specifically AA and DL. There's a general DL benefits thread, a DL upgrade thread(ha!). I think there's a general AA benefits thread also, plus some issues with seat selection.
If there is an AA thread, feel free to find it and edit the wiki to add it! Just go up to the wiki, click "Edit," and then edit it as you would any other post on FT.
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Old May 29, 13, 7:15 pm
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If there is an AA thread, feel free to find it and edit the wiki to add it! Just go up to the wiki, click "Edit," and then edit it as you would any other post on FT.
I had no idea I had wiki editing privileges. Thank you sir. Added the AA and DL benefits threads.
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Old May 29, 13, 7:33 pm
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I had no idea I had wiki editing privileges. Thank you sir. Added the AA and DL benefits threads.
Looks nice! Thanks for fixing it!
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Old Nov 6, 13, 9:49 am
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Could you add a thread or section similar to "how complimentary upgrades work", but specific to how Gold Guest upgrades work?
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Old Dec 4, 13, 8:35 pm
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Could you add a thread or section similar to "how complimentary upgrades work", but specific to how Gold Guest upgrades work?
+1
Actually, what I am looking for as a new AS flyer is a comprehensive overview of all the possible upgrade routes. From my limited understanding there are basically four ways to get an upgrade:

1) buy a qualifying fare based on your status level for instant up if U>1
2) buy any fare and hope for a complimentary upgrade
3) buy any* fare and use an MVPG guest upgrade (*searching for flights i am seeing that "any fare" really doesn't mean ANY FARE and somehow these are fare restricted -- how does that work and what buckets are NOT eligible?)
4) upgrade with miles from any* fare (see any* fare clause above)

This would be an abundantly useful sticky or wikipost for those of us migrating to AS from other carriers!
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Old Dec 4, 13, 10:21 pm
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Originally Posted by PV_Premier View Post
+1
Actually, what I am looking for as a new AS flyer is a comprehensive overview of all the possible upgrade routes. From my limited understanding there are basically four ways to get an upgrade:

1) buy a qualifying fare based on your status level for instant up if U>1
2) buy any fare and hope for a complimentary upgrade
3) buy any* fare and use an MVPG guest upgrade (*searching for flights i am seeing that "any fare" really doesn't mean ANY FARE and somehow these are fare restricted -- how does that work and what buckets are NOT eligible?)
4) upgrade with miles from any* fare (see any* fare clause above)

This would be an abundantly useful sticky or wikipost for those of us migrating to AS from other carriers!
You don't need to go here to see all forms of upgrades. Alaska has a page here explaining them all:

http://www.alaskaair.com/content/tra...tClassUpgrades

Really you captured them all (MVPG Guest Upgrades are eligible on all paid coach fares except G and T; mileage upgrades require at least an H fare) except paid upgrades on day of departure.

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Old Jun 8, 16, 10:33 am
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Since the "ask your questions here" link was for the closed 2015 page, I took the liberty of adding the corresponding 2016 link. I hope that's ok.
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Old Jun 8, 16, 4:15 pm
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Originally Posted by SpammersAreScum View Post
Since the "ask your questions here" link was for the closed 2015 page, I took the liberty of adding the corresponding 2016 link. I hope that's ok.
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