In September, we realized that Alaska Mileage Plan would change the way it displayed award charts later within the yr. Alaska added the next be aware to its web site again in September:
“Beginning late December, the best way you view award charts on-line is altering. We’ll have a simplified award chart to indicate you the place award ranges begin based mostly on which areas you’re touring from and to. With this alteration, just like awards on Alaska, associate award ranges might range relying on a number of components together with route, distance, or demand. You’ll proceed to have the ability to get pleasure from nice worth in your miles. As all the time, one of the best ways to view pricing and availability for the routes you’re occupied with flying is to seek for your particular journey dates and locations.”
Now with only a few days left in 2022, the brand new award charts are stay. This is the North American award chart presently seen on the Alaska Mileage Plan award chart web page:
The contiguous U.S., Alaska and Canada beginning charges aren’t increased than what we would beforehand seen for Alaska-operated awards (see the chart in our article about Alaska Airways’ first-class award adjustments in early 2022). And Alaska had already began pricing American-operated awards based mostly on distance.
There is not a most worth listed. So, the award charges you will see when doing stay award searches ought to begin on the charges listed and increase from there.
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As a frequent award traveler, I am fearful extra concerning the worldwide award chart. Alaska’s award charts beforehand allow you to enter an origin and vacation spot area earlier than displaying you the charges (listed as beginning charges for some carriers). Charges various by working airline, with some charging a lot decrease charges than others for journey between the identical areas.
Now, the award chart listed on-line is far much less helpful. This is the worldwide award chart:
Sure, that is it. Now Alaska’s award chart web page solely lists beginning award charges for flights originating within the U.S. or Canada. If you wish to originate elsewhere, the web site says, “For award ranges to and from factors exterior of the US and Canada, seek for your required vacation spot and dates to view pricing.”
In keeping with the phrases below the brand new award chart, the “‘beginning at’ quantity represents the estimated minimal award costs on a number of of our associate airways.” The phrases additionally state you may’t stopover on awards “inside worldwide areas (e.g. intra-Asia or Intra-Europe).”
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On the intense aspect, the beginning charges for among the greatest Alaska Mileage Plan candy spots appear unaffected. I am hopeful that Alaska grew uninterested in including new companions to its award charts and that we cannot all of the sudden begin seeing increased award pricing for a few of our favourite companions.
In some fast award searches, I discovered you may nonetheless fly enterprise class on Cathay Pacific from New York to Hong Kong for 50,000 miles.
You may nonetheless fly enterprise class on Fiji Airways from the U.S. to Australia for 55,000 miles.
And you may nonetheless ebook enterprise class on LATAM from Miami to Buenos Aires for 45,000 miles.
Possibly these award charges will stay and Alaska Mileage Plan simply modified the way it shows its award charts, however there isn’t any assure.
Regardless, these adjustments imply Alaska Mileage Plan has unlocked the flexibility to cost increased award pricing for associate awards that used to have a set award charge. And that is probably not good for award vacationers. In case you have a stash of Alaska miles, take into account redeeming them quickly to lock in among the program’s greatest award tickets.