We may receive a commission when you use our links. Monkey Miles has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Monkey Miles and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. We appreciate you using our links!!!
Always ask for what you want
I currently have top tier, MVP G75, with Alaska Airlines. The main reason I pivoted away from American was Alaska’s superior MileagePlan program, and my pleasant experience interacting with customer service on Alaska. It was disappointing to see the relationship between AA and AS reduced at the end of last year. In case you missed it, the long and short is that elite benefits are no longer extended, and unless the flight is booked via Alaska’s site, you won’t earn miles on domestic flights operated by AA. Two big hits. However, yesterday I got notice, via email, that my flight from Indianapolis to LAX had been cancelled. It was supposed to be operated by Virgin America, routing via SFO, and the email I received rerouted me through Seattle. That would make for a very long day and I had an early morning the next day. I know AA operates a flight from IND to LAX, sold by Alaska on their website, and is a direct option.
I phoned Alaska and explained the situation. At first, the rep couldn’t find the codeshare. I found an AS flight number for her, and she asked if I could be placed on hold while she consulted her supervisor. A few minutes later she came back on and told me that the supervisor had approved the re-routing, booked me in Y fare bucket, and also assigned me a main cabin priority seat. I was surprised by both. Y earns full milage on AS, and as of January 1, Alaska Elites no longer have access to Priority and MCE seating. In the end, I got to leave later from Indy and arrive earlier into LA.
My ticket even says it was issued by AS, a point that will help me accrue the mileage I assess I’m due.
It’s reasons like this that make mileage runs, loyalty, etc worth it.
Monkey Miles has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Monkey Miles and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers
Capital One lit the premium card market on fire when it dropped this card. It quickly was added to our wallet for the following reason!
♥ Earn 100k Bonus Points after $10k Spend in 6 months
♥$300 Annual Travel credit within Capital One Travel Portal
♥2x on every single purchase without limit
♥10x on hotels and car rentals purchased via Capital One Travel
♥5x on airfare purchased within Capital One Travel
♥Erase any travel purchase off your card at a penny a piece with Capital One Travel Eraser
- Access to the Capital One lounge network
- Priority Pass access ( including restaurants for you and two guests ) Authorized Users have access as well
♥ 10k Anniversary Miles every year you keep the card – worth $100 in Capital One Travel or transferred to partners
♥$395 Annual Fee
If you spend more than $400 a year on travel, you’ll quickly offset the annual fee with the $300 travel credit and 10k anniversary bonus. The rest is gravy. And you can add up to 4 Authorized Users fee free!