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Alaska Airlines *FLAME-FREE* Q&A Thread: All Welcome, New and Old! (2023-2024)

Alaska Airlines *FLAME-FREE* Q&A Thread: All Welcome, New and Old! (2023-2024)

Old Jan 13, 2024, 12:22 pm
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Originally Posted by synnyster
This doesn't make sense. How does setting yourself as a traveling companion accomplish anything? Unless you add a companion to your itinerary why would that come into play at all(which you wouldn't be able to do anyway)?
My AA account has all my family as “saved travelers”, and I added another person who happens to have the same name as myself and my AS loyalty number. For some “weird reason” that person is never my companion, I.e., he always travel without me (so it’s not really a companion… I think of him as my alter ego)

Sadly that doesn’t seem to work for AS - when booking an AS award they seem to only allow AS MileagePlan numbers for the travelers in the booking screen.
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Old Jan 13, 2024, 2:03 pm
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Originally Posted by notquiteaff
My AA account has all my family as “saved travelers”, and I added another person who happens to have the same name as myself and my AS loyalty number. For some “weird reason” that person is never my companion, I.e., he always travel without me (so it’s not really a companion… I think of him as my alter ego)

Sadly that doesn’t seem to work for AS - when booking an AS award they seem to only allow AS MileagePlan numbers for the travelers in the booking screen.
I think I get what you are saying. In my case, I booked a American Airlines reward flight in the American Airlines website. I now will need to call into American Airlines to get the FF# changed for my ticket to the Alaska Air. I think what you are suggesting is I create a companion in my American Airlines profile but use my Alaska FF# for the attached program. So if I book a reward flight via American I choose that "alter ego". I think all this does is remove the step to call American to change the FF#.
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Old Jan 13, 2024, 2:06 pm
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Originally Posted by synnyster
I think I get what you are saying. In my case, I booked a American Airlines reward flight in the American Airlines website. I now will need to call into American Airlines to get the FF# changed for my ticket to the Alaska Air. I think what you are suggesting is I create a companion in my American Airlines profile but use my Alaska FF# for the attached program. So if I book a reward flight via American I choose that "alter ego". I think all this does is remove the step to call American to change the FF#.

Right. It doesn’t help you for this trip since you can’t change the traveler on the existing reservation, but in the future that is how I would do it.
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Old Jan 14, 2024, 3:27 pm
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Originally Posted by jpreeves
How's Alaska service on the non-explodey Boeings? Pretty much back to normal?

I've got a critical flight for work in a week, Alaska operates the only direct at a sane hour.... I could switch to Delta but there'd be a connection through SLC.

Thanks!
Took SNA-SEA and SEA-SNA, both on 737-800, this past week. The flight out of SNA sat on the tarmac after boarding for an hour because of "fuel pump repairs." The flight out of SEA was on-time and smooth siling
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Old Jan 14, 2024, 3:44 pm
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First timer poster here, super newbie to the world of award flights. Wanted to ask for some advice/suggestions:

Planning on doing a Japan trip (TYO) beginning of April, want to get all my flights via awards. (LAX as home airport.) No status whatsoever, just miles, and I'm perfectly okay with economy seats (just looking for transport, not comfort tbh). A preliminary search is showing some pretty pricy redemptions (~65k via Starlux, one way, in economy with a TPE layover). I read on some articles and travel blogs that JL tends to release good last-minute redemptions (like 14 days or so before departure). I'm definitely willing to wait until closer to departure date to book, but just wanted to get advice from more experienced folks to see if waiting it out would change anything or if I should just book now (or look into low-cost airlines like ZipAir). Thanks!
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Old Jan 14, 2024, 4:07 pm
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@winterpolaris Welcome to FlyerTalk.
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Old Jan 14, 2024, 4:36 pm
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Originally Posted by winterpolaris

Planning on doing a Japan trip (TYO) beginning of April, want to get all my flights via awards. (LAX as home airport.) No status whatsoever, just miles, and I'm perfectly okay with economy seats (just looking for transport, not comfort tbh). A preliminary search is showing some pretty pricy redemptions (~65k via Starlux, one way, in economy with a TPE layover). I read on some articles and travel blogs that JL tends to release good last-minute redemptions (like 14 days or so before departure). I'm definitely willing to wait until closer to departure date to book, but just wanted to get advice from more experienced folks to see if waiting it out would change anything or if I should just book now (or look into low-cost airlines like ZipAir). Thanks!
You could see if it is true for flights in the next 10-14 days that JL releases last minute seats. I have no experience with JL and hopefully someone else can confirm or deny what you read elsewhere. If you have enough miles, you could book a more expensive award now and then wait for a cheaper JL award to materialize closer to departure. Awards can be refunded for free (you lose the partner booking fee if you cancel, but that’s peanuts. Perhaps it’s possible to change instead).
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Old Jan 14, 2024, 4:49 pm
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Originally Posted by winterpolaris
First timer poster here, super newbie to the world of award flights. Wanted to ask for some advice/suggestions:

Planning on doing a Japan trip (TYO) beginning of April, want to get all my flights via awards. (LAX as home airport.) No status whatsoever, just miles, and I'm perfectly okay with economy seats (just looking for transport, not comfort tbh). A preliminary search is showing some pretty pricy redemptions (~65k via Starlux, one way, in economy with a TPE layover). I read on some articles and travel blogs that JL tends to release good last-minute redemptions (like 14 days or so before departure). I'm definitely willing to wait until closer to departure date to book, but just wanted to get advice from more experienced folks to see if waiting it out would change anything or if I should just book now (or look into low-cost airlines like ZipAir). Thanks!
Definitive "Booking Japan Airlines (JL) Using AS Miles" Thread (2023)

I don't think a 2024 thread has been created yet, but there's some good advice here. I've been able to upgrade myself from Y to F at T-14, although that was a few years ago. April might be tough depending on sakura season.
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Old Jan 14, 2024, 11:11 pm
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Originally Posted by ssk244
Definitive "Booking Japan Airlines (JL) Using AS Miles" Thread (2023)

I don't think a 2024 thread has been created yet, but there's some good advice here. I've been able to upgrade myself from Y to F at T-14, although that was a few years ago. April might be tough depending on sakura season.
We did April 2023 SEA-TYO. I had booked r/t in Y well in advance (11 months). Some space did open up last minute, but very little. So the close-in strategy works with JL, it's not a sure thing during Sakura. Given the exceptionally high demand for Japan since the reopening, don't book any lodging that's non-refundable. For some reason, the most likely places to have space will be LAX and SFO. If space opens up from SFO, AS probably won't open up T space LAX-SFO. So as long as one is willing to pay for a positioning flight, the odds of finding something will be increased but still not a sure thing.
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Old Jan 15, 2024, 9:21 am
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Hello all - please redirect me if I'm in the wrong place. I'm in the UK and not too familiar with AS practices. I have an LAX-HNL-LAX flight booked (F) for early February, which I booked using credits. (1) If the flight in either direction is cancelled, will AS reroute me on another carrier? or (2) will I be able to ask for a cash refund? Being in the UK, I don't have many opportunities to use AS credits so would prefer the cash refund. BTW I also have refundable flights booked with AA in case of cancellation. Thanks for any advice....
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Old Jan 15, 2024, 10:35 am
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Originally Posted by BCALDavid
Hello all - please redirect me if I'm in the wrong place. I'm in the UK and not too familiar with AS practices. I have an LAX-HNL-LAX flight booked (F) for early February, which I booked using credits. (1) If the flight in either direction is cancelled, will AS reroute me on another carrier? or (2) will I be able to ask for a cash refund? Being in the UK, I don't have many opportunities to use AS credits so would prefer the cash refund. BTW I also have refundable flights booked with AA in case of cancellation. Thanks for any advice....
They will accommodate you on another flight, sometimes rerouting. If they get desperate, and I emphasize desperate, they will place you on a flight with another airline. If you require a refund, it will never be in cash for an award ticket. They'll refund the miles to your account and the fees to the original form of payment (e.g., credit card).
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Old Jan 16, 2024, 1:00 am
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After March, will Alaska allow flight redemptions on JL between Japan and Europe?

thanks!
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Old Jan 16, 2024, 12:23 pm
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Do they still sell day passes for the AS Lounges (which still sell day passes) at LAX and SFO at 50% off to AS Visa cardholders?
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Old Jan 16, 2024, 12:47 pm
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Thanks WillTravel4Food, I appreciate the input. David.
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Old Jan 16, 2024, 1:58 pm
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Originally Posted by selkirks
Do they still sell day passes for the AS Lounges (which still sell day passes) at LAX and SFO at 50% off to AS Visa cardholders?
They are selling them at SFO/LAX as space is available (so maybe not depending on your flight timing), but I don't believe the AS Visa still gets 50% off day passes, but rather gets 20% back on AS purchases, or $100 off a lounge membership.
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