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Old Jan 1, 18, 3:13 pm
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2018 Alaska Airlines *FLAME-FREE* Q&A thread: all welcome, new and old!

A new year and a new thread.

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Old Jan 2, 18, 8:23 am
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75Ks get new luggage tags each year.

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Old Jan 2, 18, 9:16 am
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Old Jan 2, 18, 9:35 pm
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I moved my question from 2017 to 2018 forum
I understand that you can book AS award at 11 months out. I want to book one way trip to Boston with stop over in LAX (my home base) then Lisbon.
For example BOS-LAX May 15 2018
LAX- LIS Sept 9 2018
After I fly the 1st segment, Can I change my 2nd segment to May 2019? Since I can only book 11 month out, so I am thinking about booking any date in Sep then change it later when the award in May 2019 is open up. I don't mind paying for the change fee. I just want to know if this allow

I posted the same question in the wrong forum and someone told me that I can't can't change an award reservation after the first segment has been flown. Is this correct?

They also told me that my routing (back track) is not allow. ( I read from one of the blog said that back track is allow). So, I search on AS website with the same exact itinerary above. I am able to redeem my mile 45K+$47.40 for 2 one way tickets with for this route. I have not book the award because I want to know if I can change the date on my 2nd section. Any advice?
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Old Jan 2, 18, 10:05 pm
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Originally Posted by travelbug2225 View Post
They also told me that my routing (back track) is not allow. ( I read from one of the blog said that back track is allow). So, I search on AS website with the same exact itinerary above. I am able to redeem my mile 45K+$47.40 for 2 one way tickets with for this route. I have not book the award because I want to know if I can change the date on my 2nd section. Any advice?
If it's 45k for an economy award to LIS, that means it's actually pricing as two separate awards: 12.5k for a one-way domestic flight for your BOS-LAX segment and 32.5k for LAX-LHR-LIS on BA. If the backtracking were allowed, it'd only be 32.5k.
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Old Jan 3, 18, 7:24 am
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Old Jan 3, 18, 9:35 am
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Trying to book travel for my elderly parents Alaska MSP to HNL. They prefer to break the trip up. Given that Alaska has options for an overnight stay in different airports such as San Diego San Francisco Seattle are there any recommendations amongst for members for which airport as the best and most convenient hotels and second question is will they need to get all of their luggage after the first leg and recheck in all of their luggage for the second leg if it is all booked as one flight?
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Old Jan 3, 18, 9:41 am
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Originally Posted by toolate View Post
Trying to book travel for my elderly parents Alaska MSP to HNL. They prefer to break the trip up. Given that Alaska has options for an overnight stay in different airports such as San Diego San Francisco Seattle are there any recommendations amongst for members for which airport as the best and most convenient hotels and second question is will they need to get all of their luggage after the first leg and recheck in all of their luggage for the second leg if it is all booked as one flight?
Most Airports have Many Hotels near the Airport and Frequent shuttle busses in most cases. Elderly can Indicate a lot of things whereas I think mobility comes most into play in these instances so that factor weighs greatly here. As the walk to the Shuttle pick up area may or may not be a factor for them. If mobility is a factor than any Airport is going to present a slight or moderate challenge. I believe on an Overnight mid-Journey, you would need to collect bags. There is a timeframe qualifier like 10 or more hours iirc.

Hope that helps
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Old Jan 3, 18, 10:10 am
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Originally Posted by toolate View Post
Trying to book travel for my elderly parents Alaska MSP to HNL. They prefer to break the trip up. Given that Alaska has options for an overnight stay in different airports such as San Diego San Francisco Seattle are there any recommendations amongst for members for which airport as the best and most convenient hotels and second question is will they need to get all of their luggage after the first leg and recheck in all of their luggage for the second leg if it is all booked as one flight?
I concur with @flyupfrnt. Their mobility will be a significant factor in choosing the best airport. Access to a preferred hotel chain, or at least one on the airport, will also be in play. Will they want to camp out at the hotel to rest up for the next day, or will they want to explore?

SEA: Plenty of hotels nearby with some providing shuttles. Others are close enough to walk to, depending upon one's mobility. Light Rail to downtown, if they want to head downtown.
PDX: I don't know much about this airport but there are hotels nearby and light rail access to downtown.
SFO: Plenty of hotels with shuttles near the airport. Train access to downtown. Taxi to downtown will run $40-$50, based on my last experience five years ago.
SAN: On the north side of downtown with plenty of nearby hotels, though none at the terminal. Shuttles or taxis will be plentiful and getting to their hotel should not present a problem. Weather will be a plus. During winter, I'd send my parents through SAN for a layover vs. rainy SEA/PDX.

The only caution I'd give is in regard to handing IRROPS. For airports with only one flight per day to their destination, if things go sideways then the inconveniences may become more than the parents want to or can handle. So the reality may be that MSP-HNL is best done on AS going through SEA, if you want to keep it to one connection and with the best chance of a stress-free recovery from any IRROPS situation.
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Old Jan 3, 18, 10:27 am
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Originally Posted by toolate View Post
Trying to book travel for my elderly parents Alaska MSP to HNL. They prefer to break the trip up. Given that Alaska has options for an overnight stay in different airports such as San Diego San Francisco Seattle are there any recommendations amongst for members for which airport as the best and most convenient hotels and second question is will they need to get all of their luggage after the first leg and recheck in all of their luggage for the second leg if it is all booked as one flight?
All of the airports have fairly close hotels with shuttles from/to the airport. You would need to keep the connection time under 12 hours to avoid having to retrieve their luggage. I would tend to stick with the smaller PDX or SAN airports since they may be easier to get around (especially in the morning) but they probably have fewer flights. Depending on the time of year, weather might be a factor for them except at SAN.
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Old Jan 3, 18, 11:54 am
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Is it possible to book an AS domestic segment and partner airline segments on the same award? e.g., MCI-SFO-HKG on a single 70k J award.

Is it possible to book partner codeshares on a partner award? e.g., MCI-ATL-CDG on a single Air France award, where MCI-ATL is actually operated by DL but has an AF flight number.
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Old Jan 3, 18, 12:03 pm
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Originally Posted by WillTravel4Food View Post
I concur with @flyupfrnt. Their mobility will be a significant factor in choosing the best airport. Access to a preferred hotel chain, or at least one on the airport, will also be in play. Will they want to camp out at the hotel to rest up for the next day, or will they want to explore?

SEA: Plenty of hotels nearby with some providing shuttles. Others are close enough to walk to, depending upon one's mobility. Light Rail to downtown, if they want to head downtown.
PDX: I don't know much about this airport but there are hotels nearby and light rail access to downtown.
SFO: Plenty of hotels with shuttles near the airport. Train access to downtown. Taxi to downtown will run $40-$50, based on my last experience five years ago.
SAN: On the north side of downtown with plenty of nearby hotels, though none at the terminal. Shuttles or taxis will be plentiful and getting to their hotel should not present a problem. Weather will be a plus. During winter, I'd send my parents through SAN for a layover vs. rainy SEA/PDX.

The only caution I'd give is in regard to handing IRROPS. For airports with only one flight per day to their destination, if things go sideways then the inconveniences may become more than the parents want to or can handle. So the reality may be that MSP-HNL is best done on AS going through SEA, if you want to keep it to one connection and with the best chance of a stress-free recovery from any IRROPS situation.
thank you for this. Unfortunately all of the connections are more than 12 hours at site seems like they need to pick up their bag which is a bit of a headache although if they can find a porter and there is a shuttle maybe that will be manageable.
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Old Jan 3, 18, 1:43 pm
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Is it possible to book an AS domestic segment and partner airline segments on the same award? e.g., MCI-SFO-HKG on a single 70k J award.

Is it possible to book partner codeshares on a partner award? e.g., MCI-ATL-CDG on a single Air France award, where MCI-ATL is actually operated by DL but has an AF flight number.
1) AS+Partner is ok.
2) No must be partner marketed and operated
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Old Jan 3, 18, 1:59 pm
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1) AS+Partner is ok.
2) No must be partner marketed and operated
Perfect...thanks. Guess my AS award redemptions are going to have to be westbound then.
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Old Jan 3, 18, 8:36 pm
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VA Gold To Alaska Mileage Plan

Few questions Iím hoping to get answered-
1.) Just made Gold Status on elevate before the new year, but when I log into my Alaska Account it shows I donít have any status- any idea when it will
convert and if Iíll be MVP Gold?
2.) VA Golds would get 2 discount codes to use towards 25 percent off a flight on VA. Since I qualified for VA Gold before the end of the year will I still get this perk?
3.). Alaska upgrades its status members to first class, any idea if this will carry over to VA flights and if so when? Currently we just get upgraded to MCS.
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