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YAPTA just got me $37 in AS travel credit

YAPTA just got me $37 in AS travel credit

Old Jul 13, 11, 6:58 pm
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Originally Posted by mczlaw View Post
Got a text from Trip-it, my ever-so-slick travel organizer, with a price drop alert on AS trip in July. Did the automated request on the AS website and boom. . .$24 ($12 x 2) on PDX-SEA-LAS r/t.

I didn't even know Trip-it had this functionality. But hey, I'll take it. Cost me about 30 seconds to get the credit to my AS wallet.

--mcz
Thank you to the FT folks who started this thread - I did not know Alaska offered this service. Just received a $54 travel credit SJC-SEA one way!

But I have to ask: where is the automated request on the Alaska website? Couldn't find it, so I called.

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Old Jul 13, 11, 7:04 pm
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You can find out all about Alaska's fare guarantee here:

http://www.alaskaair.com/content/dea...guarantee.aspx
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Old Jul 22, 11, 11:02 am
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Yesterday I signed up for YAPTA and entered my existing reservations. This morning I get an e-mail saying one of my flights just dropped by $21. A quick phone call to AS reservations and now I have an online travel credit. Cool.
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Old Jul 22, 11, 5:01 pm
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Lower Taxes = "Reduced Fare"?

http://boardingarea.com/blogs/viewfr...kets-tax-free/

Might be worth putting itineraries into YAPTA tonight to see if there are refund opportunities with the possible tax-free airline ticket opportunity.

Do tax-free tickets result in a "reduced fare" eligible for the credit or do they result in just a lower total cost that isn't eligible?

Most of my AS tix were purchased during the matched fares of the WN 40th Anniversary Sale, so I don't think there will be any benefit for me.

BUT, if you've purchased a recent AS ticket (not on a big sale) it might be worth checking out.

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Old Jul 22, 11, 5:57 pm
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Originally Posted by baliktad View Post
You can find out all about Alaska's fare guarantee here:

http://www.alaskaair.com/content/dea...guarantee.aspx
Originally Posted by Jeeves View Post
A quick phone call to AS reservations and now I have an online travel credit. Cool.
No need to call AS reservations, use the link provided by baliktad and it is processed automatically.

Just remember that the auto-upgrade to First goes away on a credit situation --- reclaim the upgrade using the link provided in the refare process.

Just got myself a $25 credit to My Wallet for a November trip. Hoping for more with the change in taxes opportunity at midnight tonight.
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Old Jul 22, 11, 7:59 pm
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Is AS going to change their software for this or what... I am a bit confused of what's going on.
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Old Jul 23, 11, 12:15 am
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Is AS going to change their software for this or what... I am a bit confused of what's going on.
I'm seeing fare reductions for my November trips --- claiming the credits via the link. Looks like the savings is coming through.
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Old Jul 23, 11, 1:18 am
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Originally Posted by dgreen12 View Post
I'm seeing fare reductions for my November trips --- claiming the credits via the link. Looks like the savings is coming through.
Cool... should look at some in Dec but don't want to lose the upgrade on a couple of flights. Darn. Oh well.

DL seems to be pricing correctly too now...
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Old Jul 23, 11, 3:05 am
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Originally Posted by dgreen12 View Post
I'm seeing fare reductions for my November trips --- claiming the credits via the link. Looks like the savings is coming through.
Are you sure? I just tried to claim one, and was told that my "fare" is the same, despite being owed a ~$20 credit. Easy enough to work around by canceling and rebooking, but for those non MVPGs, any ideas?
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Old Jul 23, 11, 7:15 am
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Originally Posted by tusphotog View Post
Are you sure? I just tried to claim one, and was told that my "fare" is the same, despite being owed a ~$20 credit. Easy enough to work around by canceling and rebooking, but for those non MVPGs, any ideas?
I just had the same experience, even though Yapta told me my one-way fare SEA-EWR had dropped from $494.70 to $457.23. The AS automated low-fare guarantee page told me I already had the lowest fare and was ineligible for a refund.

Digging in a bit further, the entire drop was due to taxes ($44.47 old fare, $7.00 new fare). The base fare was the same. So I had to cancel and rebook to get the lower fare, putting the funds in MyWallet.

But this is a mess for non-Golds who will get dinged a change fee. I suggest they have to call, if AS will even recognize it as eligible since it is taxes only.
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Old Jul 23, 11, 7:18 am
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Originally Posted by tusphotog View Post
Are you sure? I just tried to claim one, and was told that my "fare" is the same, despite being owed a ~$20 credit. Easy enough to work around by canceling and rebooking, but for those non MVPGs, any ideas?
Nope, it didn't work --- I'll call in to get the savings this morning --- or cancel and rebook. Since it's so far off, I'm okay doing that without too much damage to the waitlist position.
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Old Jul 23, 11, 9:13 am
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i could get $27x2 on some fight by doing the cancel and repurchase but dont want to drop on the upgrade list and SEA/BOS is a tough one as it is
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Old Jul 23, 11, 9:39 am
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Originally Posted by CDKing View Post
i could get $27x2 on some fight by doing the cancel and repurchase but dont want to drop on the upgrade list and SEA/BOS is a tough one as it is
Exactly why I only cancelled and re-booked two flights at the end of November, SEA-EWR-SEA. Anything sooner on a transcon for the somewhat smaller tax savings isn't worth losing a spot in the upgrade queue. I concur. ^
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Old Jul 23, 11, 9:52 am
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Originally Posted by dgreen12 View Post
Nope, it didn't work --- I'll call in to get the savings this morning --- or cancel and rebook. Since it's so far off, I'm okay doing that without too much damage to the waitlist position.
As a Gold, I just cancelled and rebooked a bunch of upcoming flights. I called in early this morning because my spouse is a lowly MVP and doesn't have the waived fee, and the computer system told me that the lowest fare was already booked.

According to Alaska there are presently two waived taxes, one shows up under 'taxes', the other is built-in to the 'fare'. So while that flight showed a lower fare on-line, it really wasn't. I must have been one of the first to call in, because they processed my first request, but then according to the supervisor command came down from on high not to honor any others.

YMMV, but if you're Gold I suggest just cancelling and rebooking. You're probably out of luck otherwise. She did say that one could request a refund directly from the IRS. Info on that is coming out from the IRS in a few days.
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Old Jul 23, 11, 10:12 am
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Originally Posted by DragonMartini View Post
YMMV, but if you're Gold I suggest just cancelling and rebooking.
Did just that online for my GEG-AUS flights in November. Along with a fare change, ended up with $60+ in MyWallet.
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