No VIP checked baggage handling on Alaska

Old Aug 18, 19, 12:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Xrayman View Post
As a 75K, when I do check a bag Iím standing at carousel longer than others without status because I get off plane first. Itís a challenge to wait for a single bag that comes off later and now Iím in line waiting for a car etc. I think prioritizing bags for elite requires very little investment by AS other than culture to handlers to prioritize elite passengers bags.

Good will often comes at no additional cost for your most frequent fliers.
I flew AS400 SEA-LAX last night. All bags were on the belt in 18 minutes. AS a 75K. I think that is great service and for non-status flyers even better. Fly AA with a priority tagged bag and hopefully the first of the priority bags start hitting the belt before 30.
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Old Aug 18, 19, 1:45 pm
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Originally Posted by Flying for Fun View Post
Or collect enough compensation miles for a free CX/JL flight to Asia. Only 20 certificates required. One poster has already collected 30K this year.

As per the "derailment," I could fill a thread with how I despise WS and boycott them. They are the epitome of hypocrisy. Enough said.

Back to VIP checked bags.

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I flew AS400 SEA-LAX last night. All bags were on the belt in 18 minutes. AS a 75K. I think that is great service and for non-status flyers even better. Fly AA with a priority tagged bag and hopefully the first of the priority bags start hitting the belt before 30.
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35k now after yesterday's collection as noted in the BSG thread and yes, with UA it's more like 40 minutes (with priority orange tags). AS has the best baggage handling service of any carrier flying, hands down.
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Old Aug 18, 19, 2:14 pm
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For those who frequent elite heavy flights... what happens when half (or more) of the planeload has a priority tag?
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Old Aug 18, 19, 2:22 pm
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Originally Posted by beckoa View Post
For those who frequent elite heavy flights... what happens when half (or more) of the planeload has a priority tag?
Depends, on United the priority bags just come off whenever but at least they usually make the flight. With Delta, the priority tagged bags come out first and then the non tagged bags generally all within 20 mins.

The absolute best thing though is on RJs where you have to gatecheck a bag, United gives 1K & GS a special baggage wrap and those bags come out first everytime. It has made a huge difference in making flights I likely would have otherwise missed. Not much of an issue for Alaska though.
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Old Aug 18, 19, 7:45 pm
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Originally Posted by Flying for Fun View Post
I flew AS400 SEA-LAX last night. All bags were on the belt in 18 minutes. AS a 75K. I think that is great service and for non-status flyers even better. Fly AA with a priority tagged bag and hopefully the first of the priority bags start hitting the belt before 30.
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Good does not preclude better. These are not mutually exclusive options. Alaska could do both.
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Old Aug 18, 19, 9:10 pm
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Originally Posted by Xrayman View Post
Good does not preclude better. These are not mutually exclusive options. Alaska could do both.
Exactly. Alaska already has the "get them out in 20 mins or less" down. Now sequence the VIP bags first so we wait even less time. They could do both, but Alaska clearly doesn't see the value and won't.
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Old Aug 18, 19, 10:13 pm
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Exactly. Alaska already has the "get them out in 20 mins or less" down. Now sequence the VIP bags first so we wait even less time. They could do both, but Alaska clearly doesn't see the value and won't.
So, if Alaska delivered every bag on the plane within five minutes, would the elite flyers complain because they didnít get their bags in four?
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Old Aug 19, 19, 1:02 am
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Originally Posted by missamo80 View Post
Exactly. Alaska already has the "get them out in 20 mins or less" down. Now sequence the VIP bags first so we wait even less time. They could do both, but Alaska clearly doesn't see the value and won't.
Sequencing takes time, it is not an automated process. Are you prepared to drop off your bags earlier for sorting and placement in the hold?

Alaska sees better in a guarantee and compensation when not met. Would priority delivery of Elite bags be better than a 20 minute guarantee? Should 75K get delivered before Gold & Gold before MVP? Should revenue prioritize over awards. All paid F before Elite Status or Elite Status F, non Elite F & then Elite on the remaining. Should MMs get hand delivered to an arrival lounge. Should Partner Elites get theirs first or last? How would they be tagged for priority when connecting from another airline? Where do golf bags, skis, bicycles & surfboards fit into the mix? If a hold is full, what gets left off, a 75K bicycle or an MVPG suitcase? Would you whine if you didn't get your free flying wine? Does misconnected or delayed luggage go on first potentially causing an overload or does it continue to be delayed.

Not quite as simple as "I am an Elite, I want my bags first" It sounds a lot like "I want my cake and eat it too."

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Old Aug 19, 19, 8:51 am
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Originally Posted by Steve in Olympia View Post


So, if Alaska delivered every bag on the plane within five minutes, would the elite flyers complain because they didnít get their bags in four?
This is FlyerTalk. Of course we would!
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Old Aug 19, 19, 9:10 am
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Originally Posted by Xrayman View Post
Good does not preclude better. These are not mutually exclusive options. Alaska could do both.
Actually good is often the enemy of best
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