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Alaska Airlines Allows One-Time Change on Emirates Awards

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Last week, Alaska Airlines suddenly raised award redemption prices for Emirates flights booked through its Mileage Plan program. The airline offered no notice but did provide a Q&A with additional information behind the change — including the chance to get a refund on purchased miles.

Here’s a look at the changes to first-class awards, effective March 30, 2016:

North America To: Old One-Way Award New One-Way Award % Increase
Middle East/India 90,000 150,000 67%
Europe 100,000 180,000 80%
Asia 100,000 180,000 80%
Africa 100,000 200,000 100%

Alaska Airlines later amended its FAQ, announcing that Mileage Plan members will be allowed a one-time change for Emirates award tickets that were booked prior to the change. To make the change, Alaska says to contact its customer care team. Typically, you’d have to pay Alaska’s $125 change fee (if your change or cancellation is made within 60 days of travel), but applicable passengers can have this fee waived. All changes thereafter will be ticketed at the new award level.

H/T: Travel Codex

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