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Happy Wednesday! Here’s a little round-up of today’s news!
1. Alaska Airlines Is Expanding Their Changes fees
Alaska Airlines is getting ready to roll out some changes that could end up costing you more! In the past I’ve taken advantage of their lenient change policy to cancel or change tickets for free more than 60 days from departure.
Well, as of June 5, 2018, that will no longer be the case. 🙁 After that date there will be a $125 charge for all changes or cancellations outside of the Federally mandated 24-hour grace period (though certain folks with Elite Status won’t have to pay). But even this rule is changing slightly.
Airlines aren’t required to offer free changes or cancellations within 24 hours if you book within 7 days of departure, but Alaska Airlines does allow changes within this time frame. However, beginning June 5, 2018, they will no longer have this grace period for flights booked within 24 hours of departure.
And if you make a same-day flight change, the fee is increasing from $25 to $50 (for almost all flights). But with the fee increase, you’ll also be able to make same-day changes up to 24 hours in advance instead of the currently allowed 6 hours. The changes will still need to be made on the same calendar day.
2. Alaska Airlines & American Airlines Shopping Portal Bonuses
Until May 16, 2018, you can earn 500 bonus Alaska Airlines miles when you spend $200+ on qualifying purchases made through the Alaska Airlines shopping portal. And during the same time frame you can earn 400 bonus American Airlines miles for spending $200+ on qualifying purchases through the American Airlines shopping portal.
Plus, both airlines are giving you an extra 100 miles for spending at certain stores. You’ll get 100 extra Alaska Airlines miles when you spend $50+ at Kohl’s or Macy’s. And 100 extra American Airlines miles when you spend $50 at Kohl’s or Pier 1 Imports.
You can earn the 100 bonus miles once for each store.
This is a nice opportunity if you were planning to make $200+ worth of purchases through either shopping portal anyway. But otherwise, it doesn’t seem too exciting. Remember, miles earned from shopping portal purchases will extend the expiration date of those same miles.