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Last weekend I flew from Seattle to Portland… via Anchorage, of course; what normal person wouldn’t do that?! So I don’t know if technically this would qualify for an Alaska Mileage Run or a Portland Mileage Run. 😉
About a month ago, American Airlines had some sort of mistake or glitch in their booking system whereby some people were able to book tickets from Seattle to Portland via Anchorage on Alaska Airlines for ~$200, resulting in ~6k miles… which is quite good by today’s standards. Naturally, I managed to book a few of these, however in the end only one of the reservations ended up ticketing and the rest failed. Sabre (American Airlines’ reservation system) has always known to suck.
Anyway, these flights had American Airlines flight numbers but were really operated by Alaska Airlines meaning that I would receive 100% mileage credit with Alaska and the flights would count as Alaska flights when crediting to Alaska Mileage Plan (meaning that I have to earn less miles to qualify for elite status with Alaska).
While I eventually do want to visit Anchorage, it wasn’t going to happen this time. It has actually been quite a while since I’ve done a mileage run (the last one was in January) and therefore I was sort of looking forward to being thrown out of everyday life for ~24 hours.
The flights were all relatively boring and uneventful and I managed to visit the Alaska Airlines Board Rooms in Anchorage and Portland and somehow I forgot to take pictures of the lounges (I had no idea what I was thinking) and therefore I can’t really review them. All I can say is that they’re both fairly standard and boring and equal to the ones in Seattle and Los Angeles. The flight attendants were the same from Seattle to Anchorage and from Anchorage to Portland and one of them acknowledged that I was “taking an interesting path” from Seattle to Portland. A quick explanation (a.k.a “miles”) solved that!
I can however review the gorgeous views and scenery above Alaska.. just breathtaking! As we approached Anchorage, I couldn’t believe how gorgeous Alaska really is and it’s a shame that I couldn’t stay for longer than ~2 hours. Either way, this definitely makes me want to visit sometime soon (it is a quick 3 hour flight from Seattle). It has been quite a while since I’ve seen such gorgeous scenery so I just had to share it with all of you. I hope you enjoy the pictures!
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