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Discussion in 'Alaska Airlines | Mileage Plan' started by ballardFlyer, Dec 6, 2012.
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It's late 2012 now. When can we redeem?
AS updated their website with the helpful:
We anticipate that award travel on Emirates will be available in early 2013.
Skywards Program UpdateRedemption cooperation with Alaska Airlines (AS): as of January 16th, Skywards members can redeem their Skywards miles on all Alaska Airlines flights. As of the same date, Alaska Mileage Plan members can redeem their Mileage Plan miles on all Emirates flights. These program enhancements give our US based Skywards members much richer redemption opportunities and therefore makes our frequent flyer program stronger.
Lucky was blogging about this this morning. Finally it is coming!
A post on TOBB states the 1/16 date may get bumped again
It is official, AS has announced/confirmed that MP members can begin redeeming awards on EK starting on 1/16/13.
According to the Gold 75K email I received this morning:
We are still waiting for the award chart
And here it is! Limited to Africa/Middle East/India/Asia...
No, not quite. Round trip award levels:
Coach Between North America and India or Middle East: 85,000Coach Between North America and Africa: 95,000Coach Between North America and Asia: 105,000
Business Between North America and India or Middle East: 145,000Business Between North America and Africa: 155,000Business Between North America and Asia: 150,000 First Between North America and India or Middle East: 180,000First Between North America and Africa: 200,000First Between North America and Asia: 200,000
So it looks like, right now, First to India/Middle East and Business to Asia are the best deals, although 155K for business to Africa is absolutely spectacular!
If I book a one way award with AS miles to fly on Emirates in business class, can I later change to first class if the award opens up and just pay the extra miles to upgrade?
Yes, keep in mind, if you want to change from J to F all of your flights must have F or J award space available. If you are doing SFO-SIN via DXB, they will not move you to F on SFO-DXB when DXB-SIN has nothing available unless you throw away the DXB-SIN segment.
I am not sure about the change fees, but if you are Gold or higher OR the trip is more than 60 days out when you make the change then you have nothing to worry about.
Can you call Alaska and book Emirates awards that you find on their website or do they have to be seen and booked on the Alaska's website? Basically, at some point I want to fly to Dubai and then on to CPT but when I check the Alaska website it only shows BA flights when I know there is availability on Emirates from their website. Thoughts?
Is it low level avail on emirates?
With JAL now charging YQ, EK redemption on AS is the best way to fly EK F (or J). Plus AS allows free stopovers and one ways.