Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

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LAX-NAN and vv is on their A50 with full flats in business, availability has been patchy at best - the odd seat here and there. Long periods with no availability. The SFO flight is much better availability wise, but with slightly angled beds.
 

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Hi All - i have typically used Aadvantage points to secure business flights within australia.

With AA lifting the base rate of points - i was considering utilising the same strategy with Alaska.

Is it pretty straight forward with them?

Typical routes are Per><Syd and Per ><Mel
 

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Hi All - i have typically used Aadvantage points to secure business flights within australia.

With AA lifting the base rate of points - i was considering utilising the same strategy with Alaska.

Is it pretty straight forward with them?

Typical routes are Per><Syd and Per ><Mel
pretty much, yeah. What you see you can book, and straightforward (at least for my international redemptions on QF metal via AS, and no reason to suspect domestic is any different).

The only ‘problem’ is with QF schedule changes and cancellations, you get auto protected, and your new itinerary is kind of out of AS’s hands.
 

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Today's Gazette email reminded me about AS's good bonus offers. I created an account with them over a year and ticked all the boxes to receive emails but realised today that I've never actually received any. (My email address is correct in the system so that's not the issue.) Any ideas how to resolve this? I'd probably like to buy some of their points next year to top me up so I want to get the emails as I believe the bonus points are targeted offers.
 

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So, looking to redeem solely for QF domestic J flights, if I bought during a 40% bonus period (140k points) I'd spend roughly AUD$4000 that I could use on 7 one-way flights at an average cost of $571 to me? Might be good for longer flights, but not for shorter flights. As a Points Club member I'd also earn SC on these flights, probably earning a minimum of 168SC (medium flights and above – 751 to 1,500 miles) but as much as 224SC. Decisions.
 

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So, looking to redeem solely for QF domestic J flights, if I bought during a 40% bonus period (140k points) I'd spend roughly AUD$4000 that I could use on 7 one-way flights at an average cost of $571 to me? Might be good for longer flights, but not for shorter flights. As a Points Club member I'd also earn SC on these flights, probably earning a minimum of 168SC (medium flights and above – 751 to 1,500 miles) but as much as 224SC. Decisions.
While the SCs are currently generated on partner issued QF awards, I don’t think there’s any guarantee for those going forward on my reading of the terms and conditions.

$571 for QFd business class with potentially no catering, no priority boarding, and all the other problems? Or $299 on Virgin or Rex?
 
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$571 for QFd business class with potentially no catering, no priority boarding, and all the other problems? Or $299 on Virgin or Rex?
Nice to see the QF bashing reaches outside of the QF forum as well. Yawn 🥱

Virgin or Rex are useless if they don't fly where you want to go.
 

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Nice to see the QF bashing reaches outside of the QF forum as well. Yawn 🥱

Virgin or Rex are useless if they don't fly where you want to go.
Always interested to see the perceptions that a comparison of value is Qantas bashing, when after all this is one of the basic reasons we all use this site, particularly in the context being discussed of whether this is value for Aussie flights.

And, yes I get the information may not be relevant to you but then it's not all about you either.
 

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Nice to see the QF bashing reaches outside of the QF forum as well. Yawn 🥱

Virgin or Rex are useless if they don't fly where you want to go.

Not bashing… it’s all reported and confirmed. The post you are replying to is a week old. The news coverage of those issues may have died down, but at the time… I personally would not have been buying AS miles for the ‘pleasure’ of flying QFd. :(
 

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Always interested to see the perceptions that a comparison of value is Qantas bashing, when after all this is one of the basic reasons we all use this site, particularly in the context being discussed of whether this is value for Aussie flights.

And, yes I get the information may not be relevant to you but then it's not all about you either.

Not bashing… it’s all reported and confirmed.
I was just checking my math was correct, as I don't usually buy miles, so wanted to make sure I wasn't buggering up the numbers. With the price that QF charges, whether justified or not, the award tickets looked to be good value. Yes, I'm sure Qantas is terrible these days. Even I had a flight that wasn't catered in J last weekend. But if Virgin and Rex don't fly where I want to go, there's even less value in choosing them over Qantas ;)

I think QF should get a lot of bad press for how they've been treating their customers lately, but lately there has been a trend on this site to derail any thread about Qantas, any question about Qantas, with posts that basically, say, "you should fly Virgin or Rex instead". It's completely off topic and not answering the OP every time that happens.

It makes this site look like it has a bunch of posters who can't see fit to just answer a question without slagging off QF on the side. It's getting old.
 

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I was just checking my math was correct, as I don't usually buy miles, so wanted to make sure I wasn't buggering up the numbers. With the price that QF charges, whether justified or not, the award tickets looked to be good value. Yes, I'm sure Qantas is terrible these days. Even I had a flight that wasn't catered in J last weekend. But if Virgin and Rex don't fly where I want to go, there's even less value in choosing them over Qantas ;)

I think QF should get a lot of bad press for how they've been treating their customers lately, but lately there has been a trend on this site to derail any thread about Qantas, any question about Qantas, with posts that basically, say, "you should fly Virgin or Rex instead". It's completely off topic and not answering the OP every time that happens.

It makes this site look like it has a bunch of posters who can't see fit to just answer a question without slagging off QF on the side. It's getting old.

Not at all… if someone is coming to the site looking for information about an airline, or thinking of buying miles in an airline program then it’s reasonable that they both sides of the coin.

It’s not just qantas… Avianca and lifemiles get a bad rap, Malaysia Airlines gets a bad rap. So does Garuda. The US carriers get their lack of meals called out, and so do the european carriers for their ‘euro business’. Virgin and Jetstar got equally bad reviews when they were delivering a poor product.

Qantas has 10+ million FF members, a large share of the domestic market and a good proportion of the international. They seem to get an appropriate share of criticism.

I got a Qantas award through a partner program… between the cancelled flights, unworkable reroutes and hours on the phone to Qantas I would think twice. Especially last week when they were at the height of the catering debacle and calling out passengers for not being ‘match fit’ or whatever.
 

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Hi, I joined AA last week after reading AFF interesting review, on the AA 40% bonus and have looked at buying some a couple of times
I've just received an offer for 60% bonus
Has anyone brought and used these points for non reward flights in Australia and to Auckland?
Joined AA or AS? This thread is Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
--> American Airlines | AAdvantage
How would/could you use points for non reward flights in Australia and to Auckland :confused: Cash and ff miles(~points)? Anytime award (unlimited ff miles/points)

The AS award chart does not have Au to NZ. AS award chart is limited on routes
 

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I don’t know if this has been noted elsewhere but looks like a new earn and redeem route from Alaska airlines partnering with Air Tahiti Nui now.

I noticed this route on the AA site as there seem to be some reasonable availability mainly in PE but some J to LA. Had a quick google to check actual prices direct with the airline and pleasantly surprised PE is going for less than 1600NZD one way with a transit time of 3hrs. Far cheaper than Air NZ in economy currently.

Anyway they’re flying to Seattle then Alaska air down to Ontario, CA as well as the nonstop LAX route. Earning miles has started with redemptions starting soon? Alaska Air

(Must be AA and AS reply to UA’s SFO-PPT route)

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