Book an Alaska Airlines Flight and the Price Dropped? You Can Get the Difference Back!

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While most airlines charge an arm and a leg to change or cancel a flight, Alaska Airlines has one of the more generous policies. Recently I wrote about JetBlue’s policy if a flight went down in price and many readers were asking about what other airlines have a similar policy. In addition to Southwest (which we should all know about!), Alaska Airlines allows you to claim a difference in fare up until the departure date! 

a screenshot of a travel credit

They also make it extremely easy to receive the fare difference back! Go to this Alaska Airlines site, enter your last name and confirmation number. You’ll then receive the difference back in a credit which you have 12 months to use. The credit can then be found in the “My Wallet” section of your account which allows you to easily keep track of any credits to use for a future flight.

While Alaska Airlines will not automatically check for you to see if the price has dropped, you can easily just enter your information in the form and it will tell you whether or not the fare has dropped. So you do not actually have to keep track of your current fare and figure out what the current fare is. It really is a simple process!

A Few Things to Know:

  • You must have booked your original flight directly through Alaska Airlines, not a third-party, i.e., Expedia.
  • All flights must be operated by Alaska Airlines. If you booked through Alaska Airlines but your itinerary involves a parter airline, the price guarantee does not qualify.
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6 years ago

Nice! Virgin America not included yet I take it?

6 years ago

“You must have booked your original flight directly through Alaska Airlines, not a third-party, i.e., Expedia.”

Not true. I had someone book a ticket for me via Expedia (not my choice) and I was able to claim the fare difference credit.

6 years ago
Reply to  askmrlee

Also I had another ticket booked by Maritz as a FlexPerks ticket and I was also able to claim the fare difference on that too.

6 years ago

First off, thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. I checked my reservations and was able to save a little money.

Another thing that might be worthwhile to point out is that in order to get any refund, you might also have to give up first class upgrades, etc…

I had one of my reservations eligible for a refund, but luckily I always read very closely what I have to “agree” to. Turns out I would lose my first class upgrades that I had already received. So for the few dollars I was about to save, I was not willing to give up my seats in the front, so I did not take the refund.

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