Alaska Airlines Plane

See? Free upgrades do happen sometimes…

Alaska Airlines has expanded all over the U.S., thanks to an acquisition of Virgin America. Despite recent unfriendly passenger changes, it’s still one of the most beloved airlines in America and offers one of the most lucrative loyalty programs in the world. Speaking of which, everyone loves free upgrades, and if you’re in need of one, today might be your lucky day. We’ve got four one way Alaska Airlines upgrades to giveaway, not because we’re particularly nice, but really just because we can’t make use of them – and someone should. Let me upgrade you?

a plane flying in the skyThe Rules

This is not a contest for people to win things, store them in their sock drawer and forget about them. This is about improving peoples travels today – right now! If you have a booking that’s instantly upgradeable, or you’re going to make one TODAY, and can prove that your flight is upgradeable, you can request either 1 upgrade if it’s you traveling, or 2 if you’re traveling with a companion. You cannot request 2 to use separately. Be reasonable here. Now about confirming upgrade availability. This will get you from economy to first class on Alaska Airlines flights…

UPDATE: It appears we’re all out. If some are still unused by midnight, we’ll re release – so feel free to email and jump in the queue. We always love hearing from people. Well, not always, but when it’s nice stuff…

Upgrade Availability

Alaska makes upgrade availability using these certificates really easy. First, start at this page. For “upgrade type” enter “MVP Guest”. Enter your flight search details, and then you’ll want to look for flights with a blue F. Err, actually a white F, with a blue background. It looks like this…a screenshot of a flight scheduleAs you can see, there are some flights where there’s a minimum fare needed to use the upgrade, and in some cases, it’s not worth booking that fare. However, there are plenty of examples where the cheapest economy fare is the same as the cheapest upgradeable fare so you pay nothing, and move to first class. In the (bad) example above, the flight we point to is a $20 difference to become upgradeable. If you already have a flight booked, just search for your flight as if you were buying a new ticket to see if there’s “blue” space or login to your booking, go to the bottom right corner and look up MVP Gold Guest to see if you can upgrade. Obviously, the longer the flight – the better. If you win, we’ll give you an upgrade code you can plug in or call to use instantly and upgrade. These upgrades must be used by December 31st, 2018.

a row of seats in an airplaneHow To Enter

This is about fun and good intentions, so let’s keep it legalese free. If you find yourself feeling like a lawsuit is in order for not winning a random giveaway on the internet, take a long walk off a short pier. The best travel deals are all about speed, so we’re going to let these upgrades go to the people who frequent this blog and others, and don’t hesitate to take advantage of an offer  – first come first serve. Email with a screenshot of your booking being eligible, or the booking you’re about to make being eligible, or if you’re not tech savvy, explain why you know it is. We’re not going to pay your fare difference needed to upgrade if one exists, but we’ll give you the access code which will instantly unlock your upgrade online. Don’t be a jerk and try to get a code if you aren’t going to immediately use it.


Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. Hi, I have flight next week, but the flight I search now is Blue `F` white background, does that mean my flight is not eligible? Thanks, If not, I do not need to ask one.

  2. That worked! I was able to apply it to my long cross-country flight after following your helpful explanation. Thank you very much – I also learned a bit more about how to use my Alaska account and how to figure out upgrade availability as a result of your writeup! Greatly appreciated!

  3. Just a quick follow up – Alaska had some IT issues when applying the code and required some back and forth. God Save The Points was right there to respond. Amazing – a freebie and service. I will certainly refer people to your blog going forward. Thank You!

  4. Even though I wasn’t able to take advantage of your give-away, I’d like to thank you for your offer.

    Thanks for being one of the best travel blogs around.

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