Alaska us anything – We discuss the new Alaska award chart [Video]


Today we hosted a quick, impromptu Ask Us Anything, Live – solely to field your questions about Alaska’s change toward a new, unified award chart. We’ve already written some initial thoughts about wins and losses with this change, but wondered if our listeners would have any burning questions for us, LIVE!

Sure enough – our listeners did not disappoint, bringing questions about how these changes might impact booking Korea Air with Alaska miles for example, or which soon-to-disappear sweet-spots we’d recommend taking advantage of before these changes take affect in March of 2024.

You can watch the full video below, or click each timestamp to navigate directly to a specific question within YouTube.

00:00 – Start (Alaska-themed Ask Us Anything)

02:09 – Is Condor BC US-EUR still going to be 55K?

03:48 – What do you see as the best uses for Alaska miles now? South America & Europe?

07:22 – How does this affect booking Qatar Airways business class from East Coast to South Asia?

12:30 – How is booking Korea Air with AS miles?

14:49 – Is it going to require roundtrip Korean Air anymore?

15:17 – First class awards look like they got tanked with these changes. Thoughts?

19:50 – Will you still have the standard AMA on the first Wednesday of December?

20:24 – Accidentally purchased 75k Alaska Miles earlier this year, and still haven’t used them (long story). What disappearing sweet spot would you aim for from the East Coast?

29:20 – I thought Alaska cards were easily churn-able and that was part of the appeal – is that correct?

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booking an AA flight using AS miles, it is possible to switch to earlier AA if i can make connection? do i call AA or AS for schedule change?

Tim Steinke

It would be based on AA’s standby/same day change policy: “If you bought a ticket with a partner airline for a flight operated by American, you can stand by or buy a same-day confirmed change. Use your American Airlines confirmation code to view your trip.”

Last edited 5 months ago by Tim Steinke