Alaska Airlines’ Fare Sales are no longer good deals
Alaska Airlines is known for their monthly fare sales. Deals are often available from $39 or $49 one way, but they’re no long as good of a deal as they used to be. Ever since they launched their
ridiculous Saver fares, the deals have become not nearly as exciting. You can still get good deals, but now they come with a catch.
Flash Sales used to be a reason to get excited. $49 from Seattle to San Francisco? Sign me up! Now, things have changed. You can still get those deals, but now the deals are on their bare bones Saver Fares.
Saver Fares Explained
Saver Fares are Alaska Airlines’ foray into Basic Economy fares. While you still get one mile earned for every mile flown, that’s about it. You’re boarding last, you don’t get a bag, you only can pre-assign the last 3-4 rows in the plane, you can’t change the ticket, and your elite benefits are gone. No upgrades, etc. There’s nothing attractive about it, other than they can now charge the same thing they charged before November and now call it a Saver Fare.
This has now made its way over into their fare sales. At least they’re being transparent about it, but it’s still kind of bait and switch. Just take a look at the way the sale is posted.
Notice how they say Flash Sae, and they let you know the deals are under the Saver Fare ‘most restricted fare…’ The Main Fare deal, which used to be the way all things are, tries to convince you its the way to go with “more options and more flexibility.”
In reality, there isn’t a ton more flexibility, since you’re still charged out the you-know-what when you want to make any changes to a flight. Take a look at the fare difference between some of these options. While some of them are only $30 some are higher. And this is each way.
That means that you’re paying $60 more, at a minimum, that you would have paid a few months ago for the exact same product. It’s like they’re saying “no, don’t use your internet time machine to realize that we’re charging you a HUGE premium for the exact same thing that we gave you a couple months back for the same price…”
Not all gloom and doom
If you still only want to get from A-B and don’t care about anything other than a seat on a plane, this might make sense for you. With that said, anyone chasing status, upgrades, or any level of comfort for their flying experience should just enter into this fare sale with their eyes wide open.
What are your thoughts? How do you feel about the ‘ol bait-and-switch Alaska Airlines is doing moving forward?