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2021 Alaska Airlines *FLAME-FREE* Q&A Thread: All Welcome, New and Old!

2021 Alaska Airlines *FLAME-FREE* Q&A Thread: All Welcome, New and Old!

Old Feb 13, 21, 12:33 pm
  #121  
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: PIT
Programs: AS MVPG, DL GM
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How do SDCs work when a flight you want to change to has been delayed?

I'm supposed to be on SEA-OGG today at 6:05 PM. The other times for that route are 8:40 AM and 12 PM. If the earlier flights are delayed to, say, 2 PM and 4 PM, would I be able to SDC to them?

My understanding is that I wouldn't be able to if they aren't delayed, since they are more than 6 hours prior to the scheduled flight. But if they are delayed into being less than 6 hours, would I be able to? Assuming of course that there are seats available and everything.

I asked on twitter and they said probably, but weren't sure if I'd be able to SDC onto a flight that was supposed to have already departed.

Also, can I SDC when flying with a companion on the same reservation? I know that would lower the success, but is it theoretically possible?
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Old Feb 13, 21, 12:38 pm
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Join Date: Aug 2018
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Originally Posted by emag_eh7 View Post
How do SDCs work when a flight you want to change to has been delayed?

I'm supposed to be on SEA-OGG today at 6:05 PM. The other times for that route are 8:40 AM and 12 PM. If the earlier flights are delayed to, say, 2 PM and 4 PM, would I be able to SDC to them?

My understanding is that I wouldn't be able to if they aren't delayed, since they are more than 6 hours prior to the scheduled flight. But if they are delayed into being less than 6 hours, would I be able to? Assuming of course that there are seats available and everything.

I asked on twitter and they said probably, but weren't sure if I'd be able to SDC onto a flight that was supposed to have already departed.

Also, can I SDC when flying with a companion on the same reservation? I know that would lower the success, but is it theoretically possible?
I'm not 100% sure what the technically correct answer is, and I won't guess and risk giving you bad info. What a I will recommend is that you call in (assuming wait times aren't terrible, which they might be on a day like today). People have reported that agents are being fairly flexible with weather-related accommodations.
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Old Feb 13, 21, 12:40 pm
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Originally Posted by RAD_PDX View Post
I'm not 100% sure what the technically correct answer is, and I won't guess and risk giving you bad info. What a I will recommend is that you call in (assuming wait times aren't terrible, which they might be on a day like today). People have reported that agents are being fairly flexible with weather-related accommodations.
Unfortunately I called and got a wait time of 3 to 5 hours, which is what brought me here. I'm actually hoping that I might be able to SDC in the airport if a flight looks like it will definitely depart. So I think I'm most likely just going to have to find out in the moment either way.
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Old Feb 13, 21, 12:41 pm
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Originally Posted by emag_eh7 View Post
Unfortunately I called and got a wait time of 3 to 5 hours, which is what brought me here. I'm actually hoping that I might be able to SDC in the airport if a flight looks like it will definitely depart. So I think I'm most likely just going to have to find out in the moment either way.
Ah, sorry. I was afraid of that. Hopefully, someone will see this and get you the right answer.
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Old Feb 14, 21, 1:15 am
  #125  
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
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It looks like AS just updated the Covid-flying (reduced) schedule through May 19. To my surprise, my planned April 7 MSP-PDX non-stop survived! However, it did get downgraded to an E175 instead of an A320, and leaves an hour earlier. Can't really complain even though I was kind of looking forward to being able to use the lounge at Sea-Tac since I'm in F.

But my question is, how long will it take the updated schedule to actually hit my reservation? If I look at the loaded schedule or try to dummy book a new flight, it shows the new schedule. But if I pull up my reservation it still shows the old schedule. Is it just a rolling push overnight, or what? I mainly want to make sure I get a comparable seat since the seat map obviously changed so I want to jump on that as soon as I possibly can. (If I try to pull up the seat map on the new flight with a dummy book, it just says that the seat map isn't available right now.)
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Old Feb 14, 21, 9:24 am
  #126  
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Programs: Alaska Gold 75K, Southwest A-List, United MileagePlus Gold, Marriott/SPG Platinum
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I have a couple questions regarding a booking with two different PNRs (both AS marketed and AS metal) - looking to see how AS would handle this in practice. The passenger has no status on AS.

Flight 1 is BOS-SFO, upgraded to First using a GGU
Flight 2 is SFO-LAS in Main (2 hours between flights)

My questions:
1. Since the first flight is in upgraded First, could the passenger check this bag all the way through to LAS without paying a bag fee?
2. Should something happen that would result in a misconnect, would AS reroute to something like BOS-SEA-LAS, or would it have to be BOS-SEA-SFO then SFO-LAS due to the two separate tickets?
3. If the passenger is rerouted from upgraded First, would they be reaccomodated in First (assuming space is available)?

Thanks in advance!
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Old Feb 16, 21, 11:35 am
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Originally Posted by joachimm View Post
The Alaska Premium Upgrade FAQ says "If you have a seat in an exit row when your upgrade window arrives, you will not be moved to Premium Class."

Is this really still the case?
Yes this is really still the case. Source: me, this morning T-72hrs. I was not automatically upgraded but was able to select a Premium seat since it's a pretty open flight.
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Old Feb 17, 21, 11:36 am
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I haven't followed airlines very closely during the pandemic, did AS extend mile expiration beyond the normal 24mo without activity?
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Old Feb 18, 21, 6:48 pm
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Join Date: Feb 2021
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rookie looking to use miles for Europe in October

I have been surfing the posts here, but am a bit lost. New to actually using miles - I have 280K on Alaska and can use a combination of miles and cash. I am looking for two to Europe in October. Fly from Portland OR to Dublin Ireland around October 1, travel Dublin to Athens on Oct 11 and Athens back to Portland on October 23. Any suggestions where I should look here or elsewhere to best plan this out? I can do economy, but would consider business for a redeye (if it is real business)
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Old Feb 18, 21, 9:46 pm
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Join Date: Aug 2019
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Anyone else having troubles with Alaska IT and unable to see their trips? I've checked via the app and the website. Either says unable to sync trips or (more alarmingly) says I have no trips (when in fact I have multiple flights booked).
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Old Feb 18, 21, 9:52 pm
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Originally Posted by Bellerina View Post
Anyone else having troubles with Alaska IT and unable to see their trips? I've checked via the app and the website. Either says unable to sync trips or (more alarmingly) says I have no trips (when in fact I have multiple flights booked).
I cant even sign in. Either on the app or the website.
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Old Feb 18, 21, 11:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Finkface View Post
I cant even sign in. Either on the app or the website.
Glad it wasn't just me. I just tried again and could sign it. When I had signed in earlier, it had a note about deleting my trips (which panicked me as my sister had supposedly linking a reservation to mine). But was now able to sign in and it "imported" my trips.

Hope yours is now working too.
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Old Feb 19, 21, 8:22 am
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Join Date: Oct 2016
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Originally Posted by kpconnolly View Post
I have been surfing the posts here, but am a bit lost. New to actually using miles - I have 280K on Alaska and can use a combination of miles and cash. I am looking for two to Europe in October. Fly from Portland OR to Dublin Ireland around October 1, travel Dublin to Athens on Oct 11 and Athens back to Portland on October 23. Any suggestions where I should look here or elsewhere to best plan this out? I can do economy, but would consider business for a redeye (if it is real business)
For a trip to Europe - the Alaska website is your best bet.

Aer Lingus is the best partner to find on the outbound flight to Europe. Under normal circumstances, you could do your flight from PDX to DUB and from DUB to ATH without paying any extra miles - but Aer Lingus stops flying to Athens on September 30.

If I were you, I'd look for your flights one-way at a time in the Alaska search with "Use Miles" - but only for PDX-DUB on the 1st and ATH-PDX on the 23rd. The Alaska award chart doesn't have many partners for intra-Europe flights, and these are generally pretty cheap anyway to buy on their own.

In coach on Aer Lingus, you're looking for flights that are 30k miles to get the best deal each way.

In business, you're looking for flights that are 60k miles (didn't find any of these around your dates unfortunately). If you do happen to find Aer Lingus business class space, this would be in a proper lie-flat seat. I believe you only need to avoid IcelandAir Business Class to stay out of a recliner seat for the trans-Atlantic legs.

On the return, there looks to be coach space on American for 22.5k miles back. Again, business class isn't readily available yet in this direction either. Good luck!
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Old Feb 19, 21, 2:20 pm
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Thanks!
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Old Feb 22, 21, 12:44 pm
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Unless Australia releases me this year, I will not be able to meet the requirements to retain 75K status. Does AS do soft drops on status or do I go straight to basic member?
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