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Alaska makes me feel loved as a customer

Status Matching can be fun, if you use it. I used our fabulous and very useful Southwest Companion Pass as a gateway into the world of Airline Elite status.  First stop, Alaska Airlines. I requested a status match from Alaska by sending an e-mail to elite.flyer@alaskaair.com and attaching a copy of my Southwest Companion Pass, a screen shot of my southwest account showing all my miles (which I accumulated from shopping through the Southwest Portal), a copy of my photo id and my Alaska Account number.

In less than a week, I received an e-mail welcoming me to Alaska MVP Gold 75 program! Alaska Gold MVP 75 Card Top

I have never held such a high honor and I immediately wanted to book a flight.  Since I am on the east coast, the options were slim; a trip to Los Angles was in my future.

Until last year, I had not flown on many airlines other than Southwest. Southwest covered my needs, mostly BWI-CMH to visit family.  This flight was the beginning of changing everything about the way I travel, or at least the way I would prefer to travel.

It began upon arrival at the Alaska counter, no line and happy employees greeted me warmly, checked my luggage and I received my first UPGRADE! Seat 4F! I was anxious to find out what happens in the front of the plane.  There is no front of the plane on Southwest so anything was going to be different for me.

I felt like an impostor as I boarded the plane with the other elite customers, I felt like I had pulled off a huge heist and they might catch on any moment.  The seats were more spacious than I was use to, we were offered beverages while the remainder of the passenger boarded.  Alaska Menu

Shortly after take –off  delightful flight attendants presented us with… menus. These are both the menus from our flight out (breakfast) and our return flight (dinner).

 

 

Alaska did not want us to get bored so they loaned us a tablet to watch movies. It was very entertaining and I am very impressed with this feature. So much that I went out and got a table to take on my other flights.  Alaska Tablet 1

After a good movie, I wondered where we were, so I stopped for a bit to take some photos.

 

 

 

bwi to lax on alaskaI think this maybe the Grand Canyon! I’m not absolutely sure since I have never seen it before. Maybe its just how California looks.

We spent five fun days in Los Angeles and headed home, more on that trip later. I hoped the flight home was going to be as fun and I was not disappointed as the gate agent informed us we were upgraded. We enjoyed dinner and a movie on our 5 hour date in the sky.

It may not be such a good thing to go from only flying Southwest to Alaska MVP Gold 75 treatment because following Alaska with American Advantage Platinum can make for a shock.

Dinner began with Salad with Shrimp. Alaska Dinner 1

My husband had the Chicken. Alaska dinner 3

I had the pasta and we relaxed with our tablets feeling like we had just won the lottery, twice.Alaska Dinner 2

Good Bye Los Angeles…..

Heading Home from Los Angeles
Heading Home from Los Angeles

You can research status matching for hotels and airlines at this great web site, Status Matcher. Also, follow my blog and twitter accounts because sometimes hotels and airlines decide to randomly match masses of people for almost no effort and when I find these out I will follow up on here.

$25 Generous Virgin Change Plans Pass

Here is a neat idea. Virgin American is offering a sort of insurance that you can choose to buy. If you are ever fearful (as I often am) that you might need to change your flight. Virgin is offering a ‘Change Plans Pass’.  This is a fee I think I would opt for on occasion.

The rules state this you can check it out here:

Plans Change Pass fee waiver available for a one-time purchase of $25 per guest at time of main cabin booking with 24 hours advanced purchase of departure, per itinerary which allows unlimited no-fee changes to flight date, time, origin and destination of the purchased flight in compliance with Virgin America’s contract of carriage(Domestic U.S. Travel) and the International Contract of Carriage (International Travel). Traveller name changes and cabin class changes are not eligible for flight changes. When travel is changed up to the scheduled flight departure time, the Plans Change Pass waives the flight change fee ranging from $100-$150 (based on haul) each time a change is made to an itinerary. Guest must pay any increase in fare, if applicable. Prices are subject to change. The Plans Change Pass cannot be used on Elevate reward flights or Elevate partner redemption bookings. Not eligible for purchase with Elevate points or for Elevate points earning.

The Plans Change Pass is only refundable within the first 24 hours of making your reservation if purchased at the time of booking. After 24 hours of booking, the Plans Change pass is non-refundable, non-transferable to other passengers or new bookings and cannot be applied when canceling a reservation.

This is available for only $25  and allows UNLIMITED no fee changes it also seems to be complimentary for Virgin Visa Credit Card holders. Nice benefit!

Marriott Buy Back Status or…. Free?

Marriott Buy Back Status until April 1, 2016 or Fly a Challenge United.  Continue reading Marriott Buy Back Status or…. Free?