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Alaska Airlines…we’re fans of your loyalty program. Currently, Miles and I are enjoying another year of top tier Alaska MVP Gold 75k status. Other than having to take a deep breath before uttering my status, it’s got very few drawbacks. Not only do I get a 125% bonus on all miles flown, free ticket cancellations, award changes free of charge, 50k bonus miles upon requalificiation, the list goes on and on, but you get all sorts of upgrade options. Not only can you get them complimentary 2-5 days prior to takeoff, you can actually buy them at the point of purchase for a discount. Yep, it’s true, and it’s not just for top tiers. All Alaska elites get the opportunity for discounted upgrades at the time of booking. Check it out.
Who doesn’t want to fly like this?
Here’s what Alaska has to say about Elite benefits:
See that first line…First Class upgrades at the time of booking. That’s where we are going to focus – so keep it in mind.
You need to see the BLUE “F” next to your booking. It’ll look like this:
This means you can secure an upgrade at the time of booking.
I need to fly to NYC in October. I’m looking at one ways…here’s the normal search
Most of these flights are utilizing Alaska’s recently acquired Virgin planes. These are great , 8 seat cabins that are the best in Alaska’s fleet. But, my goodness, look at difference between main cabin and first class – too rich for my blood. Unless…
Never fear. If you notice on the left hand side there is a category: Upgrade Fare Type. Watch what happens. 4/5 flights suddenly have confirmed upgrade space for some extra $$$.
Not too bad, right? But still a little pricey.
Look at the MVP Gold discount! We can go ever lower though.
Look at the top tier MVPG75 discount. $365.
That means in some cases, an extra $90 could fly you from LAX to JFK in First Class, confirmed, right now, just by clicking a button. What’s even crazier…I’ve seen situations where they are the same price!