Preferred Seating on Delta for Alaska MVPs

Update 9-19-2014 : I booked a flight to Hong Kong this week on Delta and did not need to wait until the next day to access Preferred seating. Once I completed booking (with my Alaska Mileage Plan number added) I was able to immediately head over to Manage My Reservation and select Preferred Seating.

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I’m not a big fan of calling up Delta Airlines unless I must. I’m an Alaska Airlines MVP which gives me access to varied reciprocal benefits on Delta. While these benefits have reduced over time thanks to the strained friendship between Delta and Alaska, the perks are still better than no status at all.

While I automatically have access to Preferred seating on partner flights when booking through AlaskaAir.com, when booking on Delta.com, their site does not immediately recognize my MVP status during booking. On the seat selection page, you will find that standard and Economy Comfort seats are the only available option in Economy. Therefore, unless I pay for Economy Comfort or a paid upgrade to Business, I’m relegated to the standard, back-of-the-plane or middle seats. However, the trick is to return to your Delta reservation on Delta.com 24 hours later and you will suddenly find that the dark blue Preferred seats are now at your disposal at no cost.

Now, I’m standard MVP, not Gold or 75K MVP, so if you have higher status, your experience may be different.I was able to snag the aisle seat in an exit row for no additional cost. I booked a flight from TPA to DFW last week and 24 hours after my original  booking, I was able to snag the aisle seat in an exit row for no additional cost.

Calling into Delta is an alternate, immediate option after booking to request Preferred seats. But if you’re in no rush and your flight is only half full like mine was, calling into Delta wasn’t worth the trouble.

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I was able to snag the aisle seat in an exit row for no additional cost. 

Earn 16 Miles per Dollar Spent on Bentgate.com through the Mileage Plan Shopping Portal

A few of you may have seen this promotion in your inbox this week but here’s a decent promotion for shopping on Bentgate through the Mileage Plan Shopping portal. You earn 4x the usual accrual for 16 miles per dollar spent. Not bad! Bentgate is a great site for outdoor clothing, climbing, and mountain gear. It’s great for all four seasons. Personally, I plan checking the site out for some clothes for an upcoming trip. Here’s the direct link to the promotion to earn your Alaska Airlines miles.

 

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Today Only, No Fees! Father’s Day Promo for Amex Gift Cards through Alaska Mileage Plan Shopping Portal = 3 points/$

If you need to order a  last minute gift card for dad today or you just want to stock up on Amex gift cards, head on over to the Alaska Airlines shopping portal for Mileage Plus. There is a promo for today only for 3 points per dollar spent plus when you use promo code FPDAD, there are no gift card fees. Shipping still applies for mailed gift cards.

This an excellent offer to accrue Mileage Plan points plus additional points through Membership Rewards, Ultimate Rewards, etc! Direct link is here.

 

 

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DFW to London and Dublin in Premium Economy over Thanksgiving – British Airways – #FlightDeal – Open Jaw – Nov 2014 – $1403 R/T

A great fare to travel to the UK and Ireland in the comfort of British Airway’s Premium Economy. Limited availability in latter half of November. Cheap flights between London and Dublin can certainly be had for as low as £73.

If you are banking your miles to Alaska’s Mileage Plan like me, this is a tempting deal!

Sample Departure Date: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

Sample Return Date: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

Airline: British Airways

CPM:  13.0 CPM (Yes, high but for Premium Economy over the holidays, a great value!)

Total Base Mileage Earned: 9,752 +10% Class Bonus for a total of  10,727

Routing: DFW-LHR, DUB-LHR-DFW

Total Roundtrip Fare: $1,403

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Need a hotel in London or Dublin?

Save an extra 20% on hotels with code: SUMMER20 – Offer valid 5/27 – 6/1/14.

My Latest Mileage Run: DFW-ATL-SFO-SEA-ATL-DFW

Mileage Run Dates: 5-10-2014 to 5-11-2014

Airlines: Delta, Alaska

Routing: DFW-ATL-SFO-SEA-ATL-DFW

This last weekend I recently completed another Mileage Run on Delta/Alaska in about 24 hours. I found myself at SFO for the 3rd time in about 6 weeks due to work and personal trips plus this mileage run.

I’ve opted to move my mileage strategy away United to Alaska as many other points addicts are doing. I’m sure all of you have been reading a lot in the blogs lately with favor towards Alaska’s Mileage Plan. Being that I live in Dallas, I often find myself the odd one out by avoiding American Airlines. American by far dominates the D/FW market although their fares are not mileage run friendly and their customer service is certainly lackluster. However, I am taking full advantage of banking both American and Delta flights to Alaska’s Mileage Plan to my advantage.

Delta seems to have some great transcontinental fares lately in both Economy and First. I’ve been traveling in a mixture of cabins depending on the cost per mile. While I don’t care much for ATL as an airport, for mileage runs, it’s a great way to accrue a lot more elite-qualifying miles when headed from D/FW to the West Coast. Plus, I love Delta’s customer service in general, even though SkyMiles has gone down the toilet. I also have been taking advantage of the “frenemy” situation in Seattle between Alaska and Delta. With all the bonus miles promotions, I am using these to bank up extra points.

I flew in mixed cabins on this mileage run, First on the first 2 segments and Economy on the last 3 segments. All of the flights except SFO to SEA were very full  and the segment from ATL-SFO was oversold. They asked for volunteers and of course I ran right up there for re-booking and compensation. They initially offered $400. Unfortunately due my connection onto Alaska, they wouldn’t allow me to volunteer. You know as a mileage runner, I felt quite defeated!

I connected onto Alaska which always has reliable, friendly service. It was a short flight to Seattle but I was seated in the first row of Economy (Seat 6A) which had decent leg room. There was nobody in the middle seat so I had lots of space to spread out. Upon arriving in Seattle, we were a bit delayed and it was a long walk from the Alaska gate to the Delta gate and I thought I was going to board late. However, the flight to ATL was slightly delayed. I find the 767 one of the more comfortable plans in economy for a redeye and I got some decent rest on the way to ATL. I managed this even with a flight full of teenage girls on a school trip. I made it onward to DFW to end a long loop around the country.

Overall, it was a fairly painless journey and a great mileage run with mixed cabins and a great double mileage bonus on Alaska. However, I still can’t get over missing that compensation for my overbooked flight. Oh well, you can’t win them all!

 

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The meal in First on Delta, SFO-ATL. Calzone with salad, cheese plate, and chocolate fondant cake.