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SDC Fees Increase to $50, Free 60-Day Change Eliminated, and Award Changes (6/5/2018)

SDC Fees Increase to $50, Free 60-Day Change Eliminated, and Award Changes (6/5/2018)

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https://www.alaskaair.com/content/tr...es/fee-changes

Same day confirmed changes will be effective for travel that takes place on or after June 5, 2018, not ticketed by June 5.

https://www.alaskaair.com/content/mi...charts/changes

Edit: There're changes with AS award chart too.

Effective for bookings on or after June 25, 2018, you’ll see some changes to award pricing on Alaska Airlines flights, including:
  • Reduced lowest award level on short-distance First Class flights
  • Reduced refundable award level pricing on First Class flights shorter than 1,400 miles within the contiguous US and Alaska, and on First Class flights shorter than 2,100 miles from the US to Mexico
  • A new lowest award level of just 10,000 miles on Main Cabin flights from California to select destinations in Mexico (flights shorter than 1,400 miles)
  • Hawaii awards starting as low as 15,000 miles one-way
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Old May 9, 18, 10:41 am
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SDC Fees Increase to $50, Free 60-Day Change Eliminated, and Award Changes (6/5/2018)

https://www.alaskaair.com/content/tr...es/fee-changes

Same day confirmed changes will be effective for travel that takes place on or after June 5, 2018, not ticketed by June 5.

https://www.alaskaair.com/content/mi...charts/changes

Edit: There're changes with AS award chart too.

Effective for bookings on or after June 25, 2018, you’ll see some changes to award pricing on Alaska Airlines flights, including:
  • Reduced lowest award level on short-distance First Class flights
  • Reduced refundable award level pricing on First Class flights shorter than 1,400 miles within the contiguous US and Alaska, and on First Class flights shorter than 2,100 miles from the US to Mexico
  • A new lowest award level of just 10,000 miles on Main Cabin flights from California to select destinations in Mexico (flights shorter than 1,400 miles)
  • Hawaii awards starting as low as 15,000 miles one-way

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Old May 9, 18, 10:59 am
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Ugh - I'm MVP Gold (for this year), and this still discourages me now to book on alaska fares (often the same route is cheaper on jetblue or delta etc, specially when booked far-out). The reason is that my spouse is not mvp gold, and even if i'm getting the free change waiver, my spouse isn't.

The 60-day free changes were literally the best thing alaska airlines had going for itself.
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Old May 9, 18, 11:01 am
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while I never benefited from the 60-day waiver when booking tix for my wife and/or son, I can see how this is a significant devaluation for many ... but $125 still beats $200 on DL, UA, AA

I didn't see any mention of the redeye waiver (0001-0359 departure can SDC to previous night 2200-2359) -- also curious if this ever worked the other way (2200-2359 departure SDC to next day 0001-0359)
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Old May 9, 18, 11:02 am
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Originally Posted by The ITDA View Post
https://www.alaskaair.com/content/tr...es/fee-changes

Same day confirmed changes will be effective for travel that takes place on or after June 5, 2018, not ticketed by June 5.
$50 change fee does not apply to shuttle flights thankfully still $25, that's were I use it most for my family.

Thought the loss of the sixty day window hurts, esp when WN looms as an option.
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Also, no free cancellation with 24 hours of purchase for tickets bought within 24 hours of departure.

The 24-hour free cancellation policy will now only apply to tickets booked for travel starting 24 hours or more from the time of purchase.
If travel begins within 24 hours of buying your non-refundable ticket, standard change/cancellation fees will apply immediately.
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Old May 9, 18, 11:12 am
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Originally Posted by nomiiiii View Post
Ugh - I'm MVP Gold (for this year), and this still discourages me now to book on alaska fares (often the same route is cheaper on jetblue or delta etc, specially when booked far-out). The reason is that my spouse is not mvp gold, and even if i'm getting the free change waiver, my spouse isn't.
Same situation here (MVPG, wife is MVP), and I am not sure I will requalify as Gold for next year. Makes even aiming for MVP somewhat less attractive.

I assume the price guarantee is not affected by this?

Originally Posted by nomiiiii View Post
The 60-day free changes were literally the best thing alaska airlines had going for itself.
Originally Posted by gobeavs8 View Post
Thought the loss of the sixty day window hurts, esp when WN looms as an option.
Yeah, fighting WN with new fees seems like an odd strategy. WN isn't an option for me personally because they don't serve my local airport, but all the other majors fly here.
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Old May 9, 18, 11:20 am
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In Seattle/Portland/Anchorage, Alaska's competition isn't Southwest, it is Delta (and jetblue on transcon). A look on google flights on any route more than 2 months out and alaska hasn't released cheaper fare buckets compared to delta/jetblue. So why should an advance purchaser buy alaska tickets absent the free changes.

In California/Hawaii markets, there's literally no reason left to lock yourself in alaska fares due to Southwest free changes.
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Does this apply to award redemptions on CX/JL?
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Old May 9, 18, 11:24 am
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However there is a new positive to the $50 fee,

We're removing the 6-hour window requirement, so you can request a same-day change at any time during check-in.

So even general members don't have to wait until the last minute to make changes.
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Originally Posted by nomiiiii View Post
In Seattle/Portland/Anchorage, Alaska's competition isn't Southwest
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattl...p_destinations
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portla...tional_Airport

4/10 top markets in SEA, 7/10 top markets in PDX. WN is #2 in PDX, #3 in SEA.

AS is heavily exposed to WN throughout the network, especially with a presence in the Bay Area and Greater LA, and WN adding Hawaii service. ANC is a thin reed to lie on.

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Does this apply to award redemptions on CX/JL?
You can't use AS SDC on other airlines. The award change fees will apply unless you are MVPG+.
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Old May 9, 18, 11:40 am
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This totally wrecks the book-each-segment-when-it-appears-on-the-schedule strategy for partner awards for MVPs and below. Good thing I'm already burning through all my AS miles this year.
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Old May 9, 18, 11:42 am
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Originally Posted by nomiiiii View Post
In Seattle/Portland/Anchorage, Alaska's competition isn't Southwest, it is Delta (and jetblue on transcon). A look on google flights on any route more than 2 months out and alaska hasn't released cheaper fare buckets compared to delta/jetblue. So why should an advance purchaser buy alaska tickets absent the free changes.
Assuming the low fare guarantee survived this and doesn’t impose a change fee for claiming a partial refund (which is, I think, how UA killed my Yapta usage several years ago), I would still consider buying far in advance for a somewhat higher fare than the competition if I was fairly certain I wouldn’t want to otherwise change the ticket. But no more speculative booking if I am not Gold or traveling with my MVP wife.
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Old May 9, 18, 11:44 am
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it increases the relative value of being an elite on AS.
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Originally Posted by pbd456 View Post
it increases the relative value of being an elite on AS.
Specifically Gold or 75K. MVPs like me don't get the fee waivers.
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