Alaska Airlines MVP Gold members currently receive four paper upgrade certificates per year which can be applied to any fare.
Well, as of the next elite year, MVP Gold members will receive four electronic upgrade certificates in place of the paper ones. There’s no doubt that’s easier and the old system was abused pretty heavily, though here’s the real kicker — they’ve added fare class restrictions. Previously any revenue fares could be upgraded, while now “G” and “T” class fares are excluded, which are the lowest fare classes.
Furthermore, all current paper upgrade certificates have to be redeemed by December 31, 2011.
That’s gotta sting at least a little bit…