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I Got/Didn't Get MVP/Gold/75K Upgrade on AS (2018)

Old Jan 8, 2018, 3:39 pm
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Time the upgrade cleared or position on waitlist if didn't clear
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I Got/Didn't Get MVP/Gold/75K Upgrade on AS (2018)

Old Jan 11, 2018, 4:51 pm
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Date: 1/10
Route: LAX-ANC
Flight Number: 193
Status: MVP Gold75K
Fare Class: R
Cleared: 24 hours out

Some weird things happened with this reservation that I may post on another thread. For this flight I got the notice of the upgrade but was unable to go online (main website or app) and select a seat. I called and they could not help either. At the airport I got my BP on VX 1337 connecting to AS193. The VX BP printed out just fine but it took the agent at the counter almost 30 minutes and the help of several other people before they could finally print out the LAX-ANC BP. It had "Flight Coupon Required" printed on it which the agent highlighted with a yellow marker. I had not seen that statement since AS went to electronic upgrades years ago. At LAX I tried to get a new BP without the statement on it. The one they printed out had the same statement on it. The Agent finally said "I am glad you came to me now (90 minutes before the flight and no one else in line). Don't worry about it. I will be here and clear you through". He was true to his word and no problem boarding. Just strange to see this after all these years.
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Old Jan 11, 2018, 11:40 pm
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1/16/18 SFO-SEA AS 391 75K+Companion Upgrade cleared at T-115*
1/16/18 SEA-ANC AS 95 75K+Companion Upgrade cleared at T-119*

I was at home so I monitored the first flight at T-120 mark. Nothing happened. Checked it an hour later. No upgrade. Hour after that, nada. F space
Figured I'd wait until the second flight should clear. It didn't. F space had disappeared on AS391, but U was still there. Ok, time to call AS, as it's U3 on each flight. Agent saw U and my status was indicated on the reservation, but was hesitant to clear. Mentioned U was already disappearing on the flights and limited U left. Agent said the'd upgrade "this time" and was able to select a pair of seats in row 2. ^

Only thing I can think of that tweaked the upgrade processor out was a VX segment the day before, LAX-SFO. But it worked out this time ^
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Old Jan 12, 2018, 8:09 am
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Originally Posted by thegingninj
I would have been extremely irked. That's not a short flight.
I would have Alaska listened their asses right there or gone the twitter route.
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Old Jan 12, 2018, 9:34 pm
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Date: 1/13
Route: SEA-DFW
Flight Number: 658
Status: MVP Gold
Fare Class: R
Cleared: 72 hours out
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Old Jan 12, 2018, 9:51 pm
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Originally Posted by beckoa
Agent saw U and my status was indicated on the reservation, but was hesitant to clear. Mentioned U was already disappearing on the flights and limited U left. Agent said the'd upgrade "this time" and was able to select a pair of seats in row 2. ^
I wish more were hesitant and did not allow people to jump the list. I had this happen last year and I ended up clearing. its not clearing all seats at one but one or 2 at a time over several hours.
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Old Jan 12, 2018, 10:53 pm
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Originally Posted by beckoa
I've had FA's move me forward before.

Sounds like a lazy gate agent who didn't follow the process (or one in a hurry). Either way, please send a note in via alaskalistens.com. Very unfortunate in general, but unacceptable on a flight of this stage length.
I sent a note in. Hopefully they'll take note of it and prevent it from happening again.
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Old Jan 15, 2018, 9:30 am
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Date: 1/17/18
Route: PDX-SEA
Flight Number: AS423
Status: MVP
Fare Class: L
Cleared: 48 hours
Date of ticket purchase: 12/28/17
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Old Jan 15, 2018, 11:44 am
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Date: 1/13/18
Route: SEA-BOS
Flight Number: AS12*
Status: MVPG
Fare Class: R
Did not clear...7/20-something on waitlist
Date of ticket purchase: 11/23/17

Date: 1/13/18
Route: BOS-SEA
Flight Number: AS15*
Status: MVPG
Fare Class: R
Cleared: 9h11m prior to departure
Date of ticket purchase: 11/23/17

*Operated with B738, first time since 12/15/17 (usually B739)

Last edited by bbinchi; Jan 15, 2018 at 11:49 am Reason: Adding note about equipment flown
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Old Jan 15, 2018, 1:48 pm
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Forgot to post this earlier...

Date: 1/5/18
Route: SEA-DEN
Flight Number: AS678
Status: MVPG + Non-MVP companion
Fare Class: R
Cleared: T-24 hours, a few minutes after checking in
Date of ticket purchase: 10/8/17

Date: 1/8/18
Route: DEN-SEA
Flight Number: AS673
Status: MVPG + Non-MVP companion
Fare Class: T
Cleared: T-90 minutes
Date of ticket purchase: 10/8/17

Didn't think we were going to get the upgrade on the return, as it didn't come through until we were already at the gate. We were next to last to get upgraded, as after boarding one more person got an upgrade and was brought up to first class from his seat in economy (was on one of the -900s that hasn't yet gone through its cabin overhaul.)
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Old Jan 17, 2018, 10:44 am
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1/16/18 PDX-OAK AS914 MVPG 12/30 on waitlist

I've been about ~40% on PDX-OAK upgrades since it went 737 (obviously more successful when it's a 900 vs 700/800). I either upgrade 2-3 days out or not at all. Zero upgrades at T-24 or under.
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Old Jan 17, 2018, 2:37 pm
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Date: 1/19/18
Route: SEA-BOS
Flight Number: AS24
Status: MVPG
Fare Class: R
Cleared: T-66 hours after calling in with open U space
Date of ticket Purchase : 1/5/18
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Old Jan 18, 2018, 4:13 pm
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K Fare
UG’d 5 mins after purchase on 1/18/18 @ T-71.5

1/21/2018
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K fare
​​​​​​​UG’d at T-72 on day of purchase 1/18/18

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Old Jan 19, 2018, 9:45 am
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1/16 PHX-SEA 645a departure: UG @ 120 hr.
1/16 SEA-YYC 1005a departure: UG @ 120 hr. For some reason the system didn't assign me a seat until I checked in, so I missed out on a window for the spectacular view coming into Calgary.
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Old Jan 20, 2018, 8:47 am
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1/20 IAD-SFO 935a departure: UG @ gate, after request (MVPG)

I called cust service 14 hours out about an upgrade and after 40 minutes on hold, they said there is something wrong with the system, gave me 5000 miles for the trouble, but no upgrade. In the past, with MVPG, Ive always been able to select open MCS seats 24 hours out.

When I reached the gate, I asked about available MCS (premium) seat upgrades. The agent immediately placed me in one of several open MCS seats. The agent said the Alaska-Virgin upgrade system is currently broken and the only way to get premium seats is to request them at the gate.

Anyone else having this problem?
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Old Jan 20, 2018, 12:40 pm
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Originally Posted by ucdtim17
1/16/18 PDX-OAK AS914 MVPG 12/30 on waitlist

I've been about ~40% on PDX-OAK upgrades since it went 737 (obviously more successful when it's a 900 vs 700/800). I either upgrade 2-3 days out or not at all. Zero upgrades at T-24 or under.
As an MVP, I too get ZERO upgrades at T-24 or under with the odd exception of the times I'm flying with a non-status companion (ie, my kid)....twice last year my kid and I got the upgrade at around T-22 or less...I have noticed that on my flight reservations for 2018, if I'm traveling with a companion on the same reservation it now says "First Class Waitlisted" for both us so hopefully this trend continues
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