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Old Jan 1, 15, 3:28 am
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2015 Alaska Airlines *FLAME-FREE* Q&A thread: all welcome, new and old!

The wife is flying LAX-SEA tomorrow, departing at 7:40pm. Is this inside AS's F dinner window?

The bigger question: what are AS's meal windows and flight times? (Or if you have a link to them, it would be much appreciated.)
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Old Jan 1, 15, 11:28 am
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Originally Posted by LAXative View Post
The wife is flying LAX-SEA tomorrow, departing at 7:40pm. Is this inside AS's F dinner window?

The bigger question: what are AS's meal windows and flight times? (Or if you have a link to them, it would be much appreciated.)
Just go to alaskaair.com and click on the flight status tab. If you search by route, you'll be able to see a table listing all the flights that day with a column for what's expected to be served in F and Y. S for Snack is Alaska's way of saying they'll be serving a child-size portion of a dinner-like meal. On SEA-LAX lately it seems like the Chicken Chile Verde is the usual serving. It's a small tortilla, a half cup of rice, some chicken bits, and a bit of cabbage with a bit of mild green sauce and some cilantro dressing. Check the meal thread for more info.
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Old Jan 2, 15, 5:11 am
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Are there any credit card programs you can transfer miles into Alaska Air?
I know AMEX rewards and Chase Ultimate rewards which I have points are not eligible?
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Old Jan 2, 15, 11:38 am
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SPG will xfer to AS, with a 25% bonus doing 20K as well. Not certain of others.
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Old Jan 2, 15, 11:57 am
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Originally Posted by baliktad View Post
Just go to alaskaair.com and click on the flight status tab. If you search by route, you'll be able to see a table listing all the flights that day with a column for what's expected to be served in F and Y. S for Snack is Alaska's way of saying they'll be serving a child-size portion of a dinner-like meal. On SEA-LAX lately it seems like the Chicken Chile Verde is the usual serving. It's a small tortilla, a half cup of rice, some chicken bits, and a bit of cabbage with a bit of mild green sauce and some cilantro dressing. Check the meal thread for more info.
Thank you, it was indeed listed as a snack flight. Polenta and arugula.
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Old Jan 2, 15, 11:59 am
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Old Jan 2, 15, 2:33 pm
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Stopover and Open Jaw in Roundtrip (or two one ways?)

Hello! I've been reading a lot of blogs and want to make sure that I understand AS rewards correctly. In theory, I could book LAX-NAN(stopover)-SYN and SYN-LAX-CUN (open jaw)? If this is allowed, would I be able to book online, or would I have to call to reserve this type of reservation? Thanks!!
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Old Jan 2, 15, 2:40 pm
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Originally Posted by KrissyD View Post
Hello! I've been reading a lot of blogs and want to make sure that I understand AS rewards correctly. In theory, I could book LAX-NAN(stopover)-SYN and SYN-LAX-CUN (open jaw)? If this is allowed, would I be able to book online, or would I have to call to reserve this type of reservation? Thanks!!
By SYN, are you meaning Sydney or perhaps Singapore or somewhere else? I'm sure you don't mean Stanton, MN as the routing via Fiji wouldn't make sense. And what airline(s) are you wanting to use? For AS awards, you can't combine carriers, other than using AS to get you to/from your gateway.
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Old Jan 2, 15, 3:11 pm
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I'm new to elite status and to Alaska, so I figure this is the best place to ask this question - the Alaska website hasn't helped at all.

I had MVP status last year (2014) - I got it late July 2014. I thought that I read somewhere that MVP status is valid during the year in which it is earned as well as the subsequent year. If this is correct, then I should have MVP status for 2015 as well. I logged in yesterday (1/1) and saw that I DID have MVP status. Logged in today and I don't have MVP. What is the rule for this? Thanks in advance!
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Old Jan 2, 15, 3:20 pm
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Originally Posted by jennesy View Post
I'm new to elite status and to Alaska, so I figure this is the best place to ask this question - the Alaska website hasn't helped at all.

I had MVP status last year (2014) - I got it late July 2014. I thought that I read somewhere that MVP status is valid during the year in which it is earned as well as the subsequent year. If this is correct, then I should have MVP status for 2015 as well. I logged in yesterday (1/1) and saw that I DID have MVP status. Logged in today and I don't have MVP. What is the rule for this? Thanks in advance!
You should be good through the end of 2015. What does it say on your MVP card (that should have been sent to you upon attaining the status)?
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Old Jan 2, 15, 3:21 pm
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If you earn status by flying, yes, it's good through the following year. If it's MVP status given away as a gift by a 75K member, it matches the giver's status year (i.e. a 75K that flew their miles in 2014 for 2015 status could only give someone MVP until the end of 2015, even if they made that gift during 2015). In your case where it came from a contest prize, the terms of the contest would control, but it's probably more like the gift case.
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Old Jan 2, 15, 3:26 pm
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By SYN, are you meaning Sydney or perhaps Singapore or somewhere else? I'm sure you don't mean Stanton, MN as the routing via Fiji wouldn't make sense. And what airline(s) are you wanting to use? For AS awards, you can't combine carriers, other than using AS to get you to/from your gateway.
Hi! Yes Sydney (oops I meant SYD). The first leg would be on Fiji Air LAX-NAN-NAN-SYD. The second would be Fiji Air from SYD-LAX and then Alaska Air from LAX-CUN.
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Old Jan 2, 15, 3:40 pm
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*took too long to post and was answered already

Last edited by alphaeagle; Jan 2, 15 at 3:41 pm Reason: Kieron already answered
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Old Jan 2, 15, 5:25 pm
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Originally Posted by KrissyD View Post
Hi! Yes Sydney (oops I meant SYD). The first leg would be on Fiji Air LAX-NAN-NAN-SYD. The second would be Fiji Air from SYD-LAX and then Alaska Air from LAX-CUN.
It looks like it should be possible to route that way. I found SYD-LAX on Qantas and LAX-SEA-CUN on AS metal but space was extremely limited. I only found 5 dates in Q1 2015 and most were the business class price as no saver coach space on the Alaska Airlines segments. If you can find saver award space on Alaska planes that match up with space on Fiji Air it should work best.

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Old Jan 3, 15, 9:53 am
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Originally Posted by Kieron View Post
In your case where it came from a contest prize, the terms of the contest would control, but it's probably more like the gift case.
Good memory! Yes I did win this status and although I haven't been able to fly on Alaska yet, Alaska's partnerships with Delta and American have been fantastic. (We had a Central America trip on AA and were able to upgrade to Main Cabin Extra - woohoo legroom! lol - and get free checked bags; I got bonus miles on my flights, too, so I'm building up my Alaska miles!)

I sent an email to Alaska's CS about this, but I think I'm going to call since I have another trip to book this weekend. If the Alaska MVP does continue for 2015 I'll book on AA or Delta (not going to an Alaska destination yet, unfortunately), if not, then will take the slightly cheaper (and direct) flight on Jet Blue.
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