I have four AS Gold Guest Upgrades that expire 12/31/17 and will give them away to people posting a reply to this post. These upgrade certificates are actually more valuable than in the past because Alaska has reduced their F class from four rows to three on most flights. They did this to install Premium Economy in the first few rows of Economy which have increased legroom along with drinks and snacks. Kind of a poor man’s F. My wife, who is a MVPGold75K and myself, merely MVP Gold, have had a harder time getting free upgraded due to the reduced F seating. That means using one of these Gold Guest Upgrades is more valuable since you jump ahead of all of us waiting elites. To be fair, when I say it is harder, that means my wife’s upgrade % went from 90% upgraded to only 75% upgraded so it is still really good to be an elite on Alaska! As a mere Gold, I was upgraded 95% last year (got lucky), but only 75% this year.
I have had an issue in the past where people grabbed these because they were free, but then never used them (yes, I can tell if they are used). So this year, the rules are that I will notify the winners on Sunday and then you have two weeks to book a flight, otherwise they go to another random person who posted a reply. I just feel that is fair. Remember that when you book the flight, you can’t use them on the cheapest fair. You need to check the “Gold Guest Upgrade” box to see eligible fares. This will bring up a separate column with the eligible fare class. Also, note the “F” for each leg. Colored in “F” boxes mean it is immediately available for an upgrade to F, but a non-colored in box means you are on the list for an upgrade.
If you have any questions, feel free to post them.