Alaska Airlines Just Decided You’re Not Paying Enough to Fly With Them, and a Couple Shopping Portal Bonuses

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Alaska Airlines Just Decided You’re Not Paying Enough to Fly With Them, and a Couple Shopping Portal Bonuses

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Happy Wednesday!  Here’s a little round-up of today’s news!

1.   Alaska Airlines Is Expanding Their Changes fees

Link:   Alaska Airlines Fee Changes

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.

Alaska Airlines Just Decided Youre Not Paying Enough To Fly With Them And A Couple Of Shopping Portal Bonuses
When Airlines Change Their Fees, You Can Be Certain It’s Not Going to Work Out in Your Favor. But Hey, at Least They’re Not Comcast!

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

Link:   Alaska Airlines Treat Yourself Bonus

Link:   American Airlines Treat Yourself Bonus

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.

Alaska Airlines Just Decided Youre Not Paying Enough To Fly With Them And A Couple Of Shopping Portal Bonuses
“Treat Yourself” Sounds a Bit Generous to Me, But I’m Not Complaining About Free Miles

Before you decide if this deal is worth your time be sure to check Cashback Monitor and Evreward to be sure you’re getting the best deal on your purchases.

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.

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I just paid 5 bucks to change my flights on Southwest. Used to be Alaska “elite” but they stopped nearly all direct flights out of Bellingham. Dumping the card also as companion pass is rarely used and the card Fee + 120 is more that most flights I would use it on anyhow. Used to really like Alaska but have a lot miles to burn anyhow, should have used them when I had status.

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I’m assuming the Southwest $5 charge was the difference in fare price, right?

And even with the change fee coming, I still like Alaska Airlines miles. I just used a bunch for a couple of Business Class flights on Japan Airlines. It was only 60,000 miles one-way per person.