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Is Flying Alaska Airlines Getting Expensive?

Old Jun 11, 2021, 9:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Eastbay1K
The only seat buckets loaded appear to be J and Y. The only thing they're smoking is something that is causing the revenue management person to be a bit tardy in loading all the fares. Don't expect cheap, but expect something somewhat better.
I stand corrected - now "only" $459 - $470 in main cabin, $539 - $550 up front.
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Old Jun 19, 2021, 12:49 pm
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Tried to look for one way I fare from east coast cities such as WAS, NYC, etc to LAX this august. no I fare and AS want $1000 or above for 1 way fare. ridiculous price for non-flat J transcon product but i guess they can get away with it if summer travel demand is booming.
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Old Jun 19, 2021, 3:27 pm
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All the fares I am seeing for FLL or MCO to either SEA-LAX are same for lowest fare and fully refundable in F. Seems that only those fare buckets are loaded for this fall and winter.
Will wait for discounted F buckets to load....
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Old Jun 19, 2021, 4:15 pm
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Originally Posted by washeelers747
Tried to look for one way I fare from east coast cities such as WAS, NYC, etc to LAX this august. no I fare and AS want $1000 or above for 1 way fare. ridiculous price for non-flat J transcon product but i guess they can get away with it if summer travel demand is booming.
Yup. Mazel tov for AS if it can sell those seats (and it probably will), but I recently booked an SFO/JFK for July travel over a month out (for which I'd have booked EWR if AS could have served me properly). AS could only get me one direction nonstop at $7xx, the other way was with a connection at even more $, and so I booked DL at $6-something each way, lie flat, with lounges on both ends, at times that serve me well. (Times that didn't serve me well were actually a lot more $ on DL.)
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Old Jun 20, 2021, 10:41 pm
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I'll definitely say, that having qualified for 75k already, and with the DL Status match for DM still active, DL is definitely getting way more of my business. Alaska has just gotten way too damn expensive. I'll much more enjoy my transcons in lie-flats for less money. I'm expecting come September when recreational travel drops off, fares will go back to normal.
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Old Jun 21, 2021, 8:56 am
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AS has decreased its sfo to nyc frequency and raised rates to often 1.5-2x AA or DL. Some days AS Y is pricing out similar to others J. Thats just too much for me. I try and give my business to AS but the cost is getting too high.
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Old Jun 22, 2021, 11:54 am
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Originally Posted by erika33
Been shopping around a lot recently for flights out of Seattle. Longtime loyalty member with Alaska but very disappointed recently. Most of the searches I've done lately have put other airlines ahead of Alaska on both price and flight duration.

Anybody else notice this or is it just me, my dates, and destination.

Honestly considering switching loyalty programs.
AS is cleaning up $$ on their short routes- BOI-PDX for example. Unless you plan 3 weeks out, you will pay. I'm jumping off the AS bandwagon after 30 years of flying with them. Sanctimonious drivel coming from their leadership with regard to all the SJW's out there. Just shut up and fly Alaska- make sure the planes are safe and the flights are on time. Spare all of us the high prices and your new corporate wokeness. You fly planes.
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Old Jun 22, 2021, 11:57 am
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Originally Posted by Andyman61
AS is cleaning up $$ on their short routes- BOI-PDX for example. Unless you plan 3 weeks out, you will pay. I'm jumping off the AS bandwagon after 30 years of flying with them. Sanctimonious drivel coming from their leadership with regard to all the SJW's out there. Just shut up and fly Alaska- make sure the planes are safe and the flights are on time. Spare all of us the high prices and your new corporate wokeness. You fly planes.
Its obvious that the demand is there for these high prices....the market at work, right? Price fixing seems pretty socialist to me.

As to your other point, didnt know we could find snowflakes in the Pacific Northwest in June
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Old Jun 22, 2021, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Andyman61
I'm jumping off the AS bandwagon after 30 years of flying with them.
Curious where you're going for cheaper fares and whether you'll accrue the same amount of miles you earned at Alaska. If you've found a better program, please share it with us.

I expect high fares in the summer months. Yes, might be higher this summer, but that's supply and demand, even for domestic award tickets that are regularly 20-40K one way now on east coast routes I fly. I'll be back in the air after Labor Day when fares are more reasonable.
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Old Jun 22, 2021, 2:23 pm
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Originally Posted by Andyman61
AS is cleaning up $$ on their short routes- BOI-PDX for example. Unless you plan 3 weeks out, you will pay. I'm jumping off the AS bandwagon after 30 years of flying with them. Sanctimonious drivel coming from their leadership with regard to all the SJW's out there. Just shut up and fly Alaska- make sure the planes are safe and the flights are on time. Spare all of us the high prices and your new corporate wokeness. You fly planes.
This is nothing new. AS has had a mop that has to be continuously squeezed out from all the cash it collects on short hops for as long as I've been flying AS, which is approximately 35 years. And it is nothing new for other airlines for their operations in captive markets. As for sanctimonious drivel, I'd rather have it the way it is currently served, than on a little slip of paper on my meal tray.

If AS weren't charging what the market will bear, and given the current load factors, it certainly is, the Ds and Os wouldn't nor shouldn't be surprised when the impending D&O lawsuit would hit.

Spare all of us the high prices and your new corporate wokeness. You fly planes This statement befuddles me, because "you are a corporation that flies planes to make a profit and provide a return to shareholders" is really the full statement. And furthermore, new corporate wokeness, whether sincere or not (and I believe it is sincere) is likely serving as effective marketing for the filling the seats in the flying planes.

So, as I have done, as many have done, I fly AS when it serves me better, and fly other airlines when they serve me better, either by price, schedule, comfort, or a combination of all. Three of my next four flight segments (all at transcon length) are not on AS. I still expect to be 75K before the summer solstice (you know, the one that occurs in late December, way down south )
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Old Jun 25, 2021, 12:05 pm
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About double the cost of Delta for most of the flights out of Seattle that I'm seeing for the fall. Not sure what's going on.
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Old Jun 25, 2021, 4:12 pm
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Originally Posted by gdam22
About double the cost of Delta for most of the flights out of Seattle that I'm seeing for the fall. Not sure what's going on.
I would expect that the fares are the same and the AS cheaper seat buckets are full.
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Old Jul 16, 2021, 9:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Eastbay1K
I would expect that the fares are the same and the AS cheaper seat buckets are full.
I'm booking like 4 months out from LAX to SEA. I don't think those cheap seat buckets are full. AA's price is $147 in main class and Alaska's cheapest is $260 (main). Putting EQMs aside, it makes no sense for me to travel on AS. I get main fare on AA plus being MVP Gold I get free Main Cabin Extra on AA. I love me AS EQMs but I love saving cold hard cash more.
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Old Jul 16, 2021, 9:48 pm
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Peak fares to/from HNL are the highest I've ever seen. I usually burn companion fares at Thanksgiving, but this year I will use miles. Off-peak fares, like late January, are still quite low.
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Old Jul 16, 2021, 10:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Sky Dreamer
I'm booking like 4 months out from LAX to SEA. I don't think those cheap seat buckets are full. AA's price is $147 in main class and Alaska's cheapest is $260 (main). Putting EQMs aside, it makes no sense for me to travel on AS. I get main fare on AA plus being MVP Gold I get free Main Cabin Extra on AA. I love me AS EQMs but I love saving cold hard cash more.
Im AA PPro and been trying to book on Alaska just to try it out and on all the routes out of ORD AS always ends up being more expensive than AA. I definitely used to see AS flights on ORD-SEA route cheaper than AA pre covid, but I never bookend it cuz couldnt credit to AA or get any benefits.
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