A few month in the past, Alaska Airlines revealed a new partner award chart for Mileage Plan partner redemptions. As a part of the brand new award chart, Alaska solely lists beginning award charges for flights originating within the U.S. or Canada. For locations exterior the U.S. or Canada, Mileage Plan advises its members to “seek for your required vacation spot and dates to view pricing.”
This provides Alaska Mileage Plan the flexibility to cost no matter value it chooses, which is the essence of dynamic pricing.
Many anticipated the “simplified” award charts to be the beginning of a significant Alaska Mileage Plan devaluation. So it is not all that shocking that Alaska has seemingly devalued British Airways awards, as first reported by View from the Wing.
A value improve for some British Airways-operated awards
Beforehand, Alaska charged the next costs on nonstop British Airways departures from the USA:
- Economic system class: 32,500 miles.
- Premium economic system: 42,500 miles.
- Enterprise class: 57,500 miles.
Whereas these award costs presently appear unchanged on East coast departures from airports like New York’s John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport (JFK), Washington’s Dulles Worldwide Airport (IAD) and Miami Worldwide Airport (MIA), Alaska Mileage Plan is charging extra for no less than some non-East coast departures. Listed here are the brand new award costs we’re seeing:
- Economic system class: 35,000 miles.
- Premium economic system: 45,000 miles.
- Enterprise class: 65,000 miles.
In our checks, Alaska fees the elevated award costs on no less than some nonstop flights west of and together with Nashville Worldwide Airport (BNA). Meaning you will possible must redeem extra Alaska miles to fly on British Airways on nonstop departures from airports like Chicago’s O’Hare Worldwide Airport (ORD), Louis Armstrong New Orleans Worldwide Airport (MSY), Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Los Angeles Worldwide Airport (LAX).
Bear in mind, Alaska has full management over its award charges. So that you may discover totally different costs if you search.
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Extra miles for some connecting flights
As well as, Alaska is now charging extra miles for some connecting flights. In case you add a layover to your award, you might must redeem no less than 5,000 extra miles. This is an instance from Chicago to Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO).
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On this case, Alaska Mileage Plan fees a whopping 92,500 miles one-way for a business-class award. On a later departure, you’d must redeem 65,000 miles for a one-way business-class award. This instance highlights the intense volatility of accomplice Mileage Plan awards.
The worth of taxes and charges additionally appear to have modified on some British Airways-operated awards. For instance, taxes and charges on some London departures are round $250 for close-in award tickets. However this summer season, we’re seeing taxes and charges improve to virtually $900 one-way. Alaska could possibly be adjusting its taxes and charges on a seasonal foundation.
This is an instance of this:
Once more, as a result of dynamic pricing, you may discover totally different costs if you search.
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Different accomplice flights are additionally dearer
You may also discover different accomplice flights now price extra Alaska miles than earlier than. This is an instance from Los Angeles to Delhi Indira Gandhi Worldwide Airport (DEL).
On this case, you may see how every itinerary has a distinct value. This instance highlights that Alaska Airways nonetheless appears to make use of totally different award charts for every accomplice regardless of not sharing these award charts with its members.
View from the Wing reported Alaska awards from the U.S. to India on Japan Airways have elevated by 5,000 miles and 10,000 miles in enterprise and first-class, respectively. Moreover, you may discover greater award charges on sure connecting routes operated by Cathay Pacific.
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You’ll have to redeem more Alaska miles on flights operated by Mileage Plan partners to locations like Europe and Asia. Sadly, this has a destructive backside line on the worth of Alaska miles, which have traditionally been among the most valuable airline miles. We advocate checking award charges on different Oneworld companions (like Cathay Pacific Asia Miles and American Airlines AAdvantage) earlier than redeeming Alaska miles.