February 15, 2018
Alaska Airlines Walks Back 72 Hour Partner Booking Restriction
Yesterday we wrote about how Alaska Airlines was restricting award bookings on Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, and Hainan Airlines. Alaska cut off award bookings on those partners 72 hours before departure. This was a major blow to the usefulness of Alaska miles as Cathay Pacific releases most of its First Class award space 24 hours before departure. This tiny tweak from Alaska made it nearly impossible to book Cathay Pacific First Class with Alaska miles.
Update – The advance booking restriction for these carriers, including awards from North America to Asia are being removed. The 72-hour advance booking requirement will remain in place for intra-Asia awards only.
— Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) February 15, 2018
Alaska must have heard a lot of complaints about this as they just backtracked. The airline is removing the 72 hour booking restriction on flights to and from the United States. The restriction will remain in place for intra-Asia flights.
Alaska is trying to minimize miles and points fraud while offering valuable redemptions that its members want. Overall it’s great to hear we can still book these. It only costs 70,000 miles for a one-way ticket in Cathay Pacific First Class between North America and Asia!
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