75K Perks

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  1. giggs
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    Now that I'm a 75K on Alaska/Horizon, I'm wondering how successful people are at getting upgraded. So far this year I am 1 for 6 in my upgrades, which is a little surprising to me.

    Just wondering what one might expect? I usually fly up and down the coast (SEA - SNA, SEA - LAX, SEA - SAN)
     
  2. The Missy
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    how far ahead of time are you buying tickets?
     
  3. giggs
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    Usually at least 3 weeks. I seem to end up being #1 on the list but end up being just the first loser...lol
     
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    I've had very good luck with upgrades - about 75% of the time.

    One thing I discovered though that may have affected some of your flights... Some of the tickets I had for travel in late 2010 and early 2011 were purchased earlier in 2010 when I was still MVP Gold. The fare type I purchased was not one that would automatically upgrade me so I was placed on the upgrade list. However, because I was MVP Gold when I purchased the tickets, I was only being upgraded off the list (or not) 3 days out, not 5 days per 75K standards.

    The way to correct this for any similarly affected reservations is to call Alaska reservations and have them re-list you. Upon relisting the upgrade list will then recognize your current 75K status and swing into action 5 days out.
     
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    That strikes me as a horrible percentage! When are you traveling?
     
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    If he is flying SEA-LAX then something is going terribly wrong haha

    Edit: removed my stupidity
     
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    OP said they were traveling SEA to SoCal. I agree that transcons are tough - no matter the airline.
     
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    Whoops my bad. Was late at night...but seriously, something is wrong then. I haven't sat in coach to California on AS since 2008.
     
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    As a 75K, my upgrade % is 100% :D

    You are probably the only 75K in the entire AS MP program that has this percentage for SEA-Socal :eek: Why don't you try taking advantage of your SDC benefits to switch to a flight that has upgrade space available?
     
  10. giggs
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    Update: I have a SEA-SNA and SNA-SEA, and I am upgraded so now I am 3 for 8.

    Data point, the flights this year I didn't get upgraded on SEA-EWR, EWR-SEA, SEA-LAS, SEA-SNA and SNA-SEA.

    Looks like things are shaping up for the moment.
     
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    :D SEA-EWR is tough as it is... SEA-LAS, was it for CES or a major conference? SEA-SNA is one of the more difficult socal route to upgrade on, but not too difficult...
     
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    Hoping that my upgrade success rate continues to climb.
     
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    SEA-LAS is a very difficult upgrade on weekends. I'm only MVPG though. They seem to actually sell the F seats.

    QL
     
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    SEA-LAS is pretty easy, though, on a Friday night (I would guess my lifetime upgrade percentage there is something over 75% as a Gold, over a number of years flying that route on the cheapest fares possible). You will see the nice little "U" on that one (and those are the flights you should pick). Later flights are better. AS has reduced capacity on that route a bit.

    The one you're almost never going to get is LAS-SEA on a Sunday. That regularly sells out in F, and I don't ever see U on that. I'd call LAS-SEA on a Sunday one of the toughest upgrades in the system, right up there with EWR.
     
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    As we have no CC here, at Randy's suggestion I will drop this request in the AS forum: If anyone has an MVP status to gift, please click on my username and "Start a Conversation" with me. Really need to get the wife status so I can enjoy my AS travel instead of splitting PNRs and giving her my UG...

    Won't somebody please, please help me?

    Mahalo and Aloha!
     
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    I thought you were considering another airline due to the "electronics police"? I do agree with your position on their overzealousness about shutting things off early.
     
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    I fly VX to LA frequently but only AS and WN have SEA-LAS nonstop service, which is my main route. Once WN gets WiFi on all plances I will probably switch, since with the companion pass and lower fares in general I will save about 70% on my travel expenses.

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    I have noticed that, but I usually like to be in LAS in time for dinner.

    QL
     
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    AS 98 ANC-SEA UG at 120 hours 2/21/2011. [​IMG]
     
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    Missed out on a couple so far... including KOA-SEA and ANC-SEA. AS730 is a tough one it seems...

    But have been treated fairly well in whY when I'm stuck back there, including the First One on Us that is given to MVPG's and the free digeplayer which sometimes has decent content.
     
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    Only one I've missed is AS18, SEA-MCO, on Sunday morning. I was even booked in full Y but was third on the list at the gate. I'm batting 8/9 for my upgrade average as a 75K. :)
     
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    I do as well. I just am used to somewhat later dinners in Vegas. ;) (The other problem is over the years, the evening flights have gone down in number in Vegas.)
     
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    In the shower one day recently, I tried doing the math to figure out how many 75Ks there were on a typical transcon. My number came out to 1 or 2 on average. Obviously I could be wrong, but if I'm right, how can a 75K be missing out on upgrades? Are people buying up full-fare F tickets? Or using AS Visa companion tickets?
     
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    On transcons yes quite a few people use certs for the few U class seats, buy F, or burn mileage, hence the difficulty...
     
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    I had to "like" your post because I do my best math in the shower, too. :D

    I've been the only person moved into F at the 5-day mark on most of my flights, and several FAs seem flabbergasted to see me onboard, so I'm inclined to believe there are many flights that go out without 75Ks.
     

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