BlatantEcho wrote:I'm sad to report, as a long time Alaska booster, I'm jumping ship in 2018.
As my travel grows, Alaska's operational reliability (I am simply not willing to connect in SEA with Horizon) scares me.
Less emotionally, Alaska cutting ties with Delta, and now to a large extent, American, means I can't get to second tier cities east of the Rockies.
Add in mediocre international partners out of PDX (I flew paid Condor business this year, Icelandair a few times, and they underwhelmed), and I can't do it.
I'm moving all my spend to Delta. I'll be back to using the NRT/AMS flights, and will certainly try out the LHR.
Yes, I'll have to connect in SLC, MSP or ATL for some things - but I can't rely on Alaska anymore.
(I'll use AS for the PDX-OAK/SAN type stuff still).
I canceled my BofA Alaska card today, and will put my spend on other cards.
Part of me is sad.
Part of me is honestly mad.
MVP for ~8 years, Gold last 5 years and I'll hit 75k this year for the first time.
I put a lot of faith in Alaska, and I blindly would book them, at any price, to stay loyal.
I flew almost every non-stop in their system out of PDX.
I can't do it anymore.
Want to get to MSN, OKC, TPA, MIA, DEN, BDA, from PDX? Not easy on Alaska anymore.
Delta will get me there in one stop, plus I can get around the world easily.
I know no one at Alaska will care, but, I went out of my way to fly my staff and friends on Alaska.
I've got almost a million miles banked with them that I'll need to burn off.
Oh well, I'm sure Delta won't roll out the red carpet for me, but they can get me where I need to go.
Alaska used to be able to.
They can't anymore, so I'm switching teams :/
Welcome to the club! I've been a Delta guy since the Northwest era. Made the switch after the merger.
Honestly, I get so much crap from peers for going out of my way to fly Delta when we have a huge Alaska presence at PDX. But I have really enjoyed flying Delta because of their on time reliability (except this past April) and their In Flight Entertainment. Also, when I fly international, I am content with Delta's products and services. Delta has everything I need and they continually advance themselves with their technology.
I am a bit jealous of the love that Sea-Tac is getting from Delta because I wish we were getting more of it...