I'm cheating on Alaska

Old Jan 18, 20, 9:38 pm
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I'm cheating on Alaska

I try to fly Alaska whenever I can for domestic travel but sometimes their pricing just doesn't make sense.

I need to fly JFK->SEA after coming back from an international trip and I want to fly first class. I booked JetBlue Mint with a lie-flat seat for $518. Alaska's first class price on the same day is $719.

Excited to give Mint a try. Wish Alaska had a competitive product or lower first for their FC.
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Old Jan 18, 20, 10:34 pm
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Yeah JetBlue's pricing is strange. Even within I (their discount business) they will sometimes have a single flight that's priced $200 less than everything else. It's a great deal of the timing works for you.

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Old Jan 19, 20, 12:10 am
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I have no hesitation in being a free agent now that there’s “elite tax” (aka Saver fares). Alaska’s fares match enough out of SEA such that I retain some status by how the chips fall, but my business is starting to go elsewhere...
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Old Jan 19, 20, 2:52 am
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Originally Posted by AwayFromOffice View Post
I booked JetBlue Mint with a lie-flat seat for $518. Alaska's first class price on the same day is $719.
I'd buy this on general principle. I recall a few times when they had SFO - JFK Mint for $499? Pick the 4 center ones on each side and you'll have your own section with added privacy.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 9:15 am
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We fly almost all for recreation from SEA, long time Alaska exclusive folks. Last year ended up half on delta, mostly for $ and or schedule. My kids (who all have their own screens) rave about the back of seat screen on Delta and the nicer staff.

A generation from SEA lost, Alaska.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 9:16 am
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Always worth comparison shopping. DL sells SJC-SEA for $112 in F sometimes. AS is often about the same for Main. Only thing AS offers is flexibility...but if your plans are firm, confirming DL in F is nice at that price.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 10:48 am
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Always worth looking at the F pricing on other carriers or J on B6. But, be sure that your international carrier interlines with B6 as some do. Separate tickets may not make the pricing worth it.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 1:15 pm
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Mint is amazing. Almost everything about it is better. Seat (obviously), but also the, food, drinks, and service (2 FAs makes a big difference).

No lounge is a bummer, but if you can afford Mint, you can afford a bar/restaurant.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 2:05 pm
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Honestly if I lived in Seattle or LA, DL would be my primary airline. I seriously considered status matching to them this year but from SFO, all my regular destinations (other than NYC) would require a connection, and I strongly prefer direct flights. I'm going to stick with the AS/UA combo for now.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 2:09 pm
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Originally Posted by _fx View Post
No lounge is a bummer, but if you can afford Mint, you can afford a bar/restaurant.
Ah, in my estimation, JFK's T5 is pretty nice with some excellent restaurants, in particular a steak house that accepted (not sure if they still do) the PP credit. There was also a serviceable lounge, but forgot if I had accessed it with PP or my Amex.

PS - However, agreed that an arrival lounge certainly separates AA/DL from the rest when flying into JFK especially after a redeye.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 4:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Visconti View Post
Ah, in my estimation, JFK's T5 is pretty nice with some excellent restaurants, in particular a steak house that accepted (not sure if they still do) the PP credit. There was also a serviceable lounge, but forgot if I had accessed it with PP or my Amex.

PS - However, agreed that an arrival lounge certainly separates AA/DL from the rest when flying into JFK especially after a redeye.
The steakhouse is in T8.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 6:49 pm
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AS fares seem to be on the high side of late. I have been flying DL and UA quite a bit these days. I don't consider it cheating when you save money flying some other airline than AS.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 7:03 pm
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AS fares seem to be on the high side of late. I have been flying DL and UA quite a bit these days. I don't consider it cheating when you save money flying some other airline than AS.
Not just lately - AS has been able to charge a premium in SEA and PDX due to their dominance and customer loyalty. DL has changed the game in SEA.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 7:10 pm
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Originally Posted by channa View Post
Always worth comparison shopping. DL sells SJC-SEA for $112 in F sometimes. AS is often about the same for Main. Only thing AS offers is flexibility...but if your plans are firm, confirming DL in F is nice at that price.
Furthermore, Im guessing that for that stage length, Id be nearly indifferent between Y+ on an A220 and F on a 737 NG (Im not very wide)...
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Old Jan 19, 20, 7:42 pm
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Alaska buying Virgin America definitely reduced available quality for the routes VX served. The F seats with adjustable foot rests on VX were the best.
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