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Old Mar 5, 19, 9:31 am
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An article on Alaska Program just came out on Business Insider. If any of you is a subscriber to Business Insider maybe you could post a comment regarding the discussion we have been having. Here is URL to the article

https://nordic.businessinsider.com/a...it-card-review
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Old Mar 5, 19, 9:55 am
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It would not hurt if a bunch of us wrote to both Business Insider and The Point Guy about this... here are the addresses:

[email protected] [email protected]
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Old Mar 5, 19, 10:56 am
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Business Insider has already updated its article including the following language:

"One thing worth keeping in mind is that it can be difficult to for Alaska members to find availability with certain partners. In particular, members of the frequent flyer forum FlyerTalk have reported that it's become increasingly difficult to find award space in business or first class on Australian partner airline Qantas, even when award seats can be found through other Qantas partners.

While it's not uncommon for some airlines to hold award seats back from its partners, favoring its own members, this Qantas issue seems to be unique to Alaska. At time of publication, there seems to be no availability open to Alaska members throughout the entire calendar."

https://www.businessinsider.com/alas...it-card-review
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Old Mar 5, 19, 11:35 am
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Originally Posted by qgpv View Post
It would not hurt if a bunch of us wrote to both Business Insider and The Point Guy about this... here are the addresses:

[email protected] [email protected]
Hey, I'm actually one of the Business Insider reporters (and occasional editor) who worked on that story. We added to the story and issued a correction (if you can't see it yet, it may still be pushing to our international editions). Gonna keep an eye on the AS/QF situation. Feel free to e-mail me with tips if you notice things like this in the future: [email protected] (FWIW this is my personal FT account)
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Old Mar 8, 19, 12:35 pm
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Just a datapoint, fwiw, today I booked 2 first class alaska award tickets on Qantas Flight 8 DFW-SYD, departing in 16 days, March 24. Ticketed and seats selected. 70k plus $40.40 per ticket!
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Old Mar 8, 19, 12:53 pm
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And as of 2:53pm EST there is still one more F ticket on that flight available.
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Old Mar 8, 19, 2:08 pm
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There are a small number of F seats throughout the calendar year, with reasonable availability in August the last time I looked. However J seems to be impossible to find.
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Old Mar 8, 19, 4:43 pm
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F availability last I checked matches well with other partners, but US-SYD/MEL J availability via AS is non-existent any day of the year. I cannot believe Qantas would release the same F to AS but hold back all J so I conclude that either AS is blocking all J or they have had an IT bug for more than a year either by design or incompetence, not sure which.
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Old Mar 11, 19, 3:00 pm
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I concur with others that I haven't been able to find QF J awards despite extensive searching. However MEL/BNE-LAX-JFK in PE with a stopover is still a good deal as long as the flights are day time flights.

I very much doubt AS is blocking QF J awards in their system. Why would they want to do that? It puts people buying off their miles in their sales. They want people to hand over their money for them to use. It's more likely that QF aren't releasing J awards to AS IMO. I won't be buying any more AS miles speculatively, far too time consuming and hard to find award availability in AS.
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Old Mar 11, 19, 9:37 pm
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Why would QF release the same F awards to AS as other partners but not J awards? It does not make sense to me. I believe it much more likely the block is on the AS side, but whether it is intentional, ignorance, or incompetence, I can't say.
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Old Mar 14, 19, 1:46 pm
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Finally found a business class seat! Dec 12th Vancouver-Sydney
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Old Mar 15, 19, 5:14 pm
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Was able to book a multiple stopover flight in J for all segments. JFK-LAX-MEL-CHC with a multiple day stopover in MEL.

Still seems there are a number J seats available.
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Old Mar 15, 19, 6:14 pm
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Originally Posted by skalirai View Post
Was able to book a multiple stopover flight in J for all segments. JFK-LAX-MEL-CHC with a multiple day stopover in MEL.

Still seems there are a number J seats available.
Good job. I feel like they hold back space on the JFK-LAX. Under 24 hours is considered a connection and not a stopover on international itins. So you have just one stopover and that is in MEL.
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Old Mar 16, 19, 2:55 pm
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FYI-

I just pulled up PDX > SYD In J for Dec 14th. 1 seat via SFO and one seat via LAX. And yes it was truly in J. Mixed itin from PDX in coach to SFO/LAX but the Transpacific leg was in J. Flight 18 and flight 74. Go get em I was just playing around with search as I will be flying PDX > SYD in early 2020 and was frustrated as everyone else that no J were coming up the whole year. Well, now there are at least two seats available. Dec 15th has J availability too. As of today most dates in early Dec have at least one seat in J from either SFO or LAX to SYD. A bunch of J availability from west coast US to SYD or MEL across many November Dates as well.

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Old Mar 16, 19, 3:15 pm
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The power of the press prevails. J awards are back! Now if they would fix the blocking of the last couple of months of the schedule...
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