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Alaska Airlines Launches ‘Alaska Access’ Subscription Service

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Alaska Airlines is launching a subscription service, Alaska Access, for “savvy, price-conscious” travelers, which includes discounts, free internet, and more.

Let’s take a look at this news from Alaska Airlines.

‘Alaska Access’ Starts at $5 per Month

Alaska Access costs $5 per month. When you sign up for the subscription service, you’ll receive a monthly Wi-Fi voucher and advanced alerts (the night before) about Alaska’s biggest flight sales. Alaska Access also offers a calendar view of the lowest fares to your favorite travel destinations.

You can look at the subscription and sign up using this link. If you sign up for the subscription, make sure to pay with a credit card that rewards you for travel or purchases with the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card.

“Alaska Access is part of our commitment to make travel more affordable and convenient for everyone – whether planning for your dream vacation or returning home from college,” said Shane Jones, vice president of business development at Alaska Airlines.

Bottom Line:

This isn’t Alaska’s first subscription service. Back in 2022, the airline launched a subscription plan for flights, Flight Pass. This benefit allows you to prepay for a certain number of flights at a discounted rate. However, Flight Pass is only for flights on the West Coast.

Is it Worth It?

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Receive fare alerts with Alaska Access. Image Credit: Joe Nicholson via Alaska Airlines

It’s hard to say whether this subscription service is worth it, given its low price ($5 monthly). Free Wi-Fi is perhaps the best benefit of the service, especially considering that Wi-Fi on Alaska flights can cost as much as $25 per flight.

But signing up for Alaska Access isn’t the only way to get exclusive benefits from the airline. For instance, upon earning MVP Gold 100K status, members can choose a 100K Choice Benefit, 1 of which is complimentary Wi-Fi every time you fly.

And the Alaska Signature card comes with some of the best benefits for Alaska Airlines flyers. With the card, you’ll receive a Companion Fare every year on your credit card account anniversary. This benefit allows you to book a companion flight for $122 ($99 fare plus taxes and fees from $23).

Final Thoughts

This intriguing subscription may be worthwhile for frequent Alaska Airlines flyers. As I mentioned above, the best use of the $5 subscription is the monthly Wi-Fi voucher. The advanced notice for flight sales is a cool offer, but you’ll need the Alaska app to take advantage of this benefit. While the subscription service is reasonably priced, Alaska offers better ways to earn perks.

The information regarding the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.

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