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Old 01-02-2017, 06:26 PM
 
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FYI, Alaska Air will wave change fees for family illness and death. We happened to be traveling when my FIL had a stroke. When we arrived at the Seattle airport, we let them know we wouldn't make our next flight the following day and it was noted on our itinerary. We made arrangements to leave about a week later and they waived the change fees as the reason was listed (no additional flight cost due to fare competition going on that year). We were taking turns over the spring/summer for his care and happened to be with him when he passed away. Again, Alaska Air waved fees for our flight changes.
Alaska air was easy to work with. The change fees were coming from PenAir. I admit I was surprised they wouldn't waive the change ticket fees.

Another thing for club 49 members is that you get two tickets a year that you can buy at 30% off if you travel within theee days of booking. Much cheaper than the bereavement rate.
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Old 01-20-2017, 01:24 AM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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Paraphrased from an old timer:
An old man was once asked "what did you give up to live in such beautiful country as this?"
The man replied "everything."

Two deaths in the family now in one short year. Not much you can do besides a phone call living 5,000 miles away. Is it worth it?

A cold part of the reality of life up here. You do give up quite a bit family wise. Hopefully they understand why I couldn't be there.
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Old 01-20-2017, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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Paraphrased from an old timer:
An old man was once asked "what did you give up to live in such beautiful country as this?"
The man replied "everything."

Two deaths in the family now in one short year. Not much you can do besides a phone call living 5,000 miles away. Is it worth it?

A cold part of the reality of life up here. You do give up quite a bit family wise. Hopefully they understand why I couldn't be there.
When my grandmother died I told my mom it was kinda sad I wouldn't be there for the funeral. All she said was "Don't worry too much she won't even know you're not here."
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Old 01-20-2017, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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And relatives in the lower 48 won't come to visit you very much because of the cost too, same price either way.
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Old 01-20-2017, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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And relatives in the lower 48 won't come to visit you very much because of the cost too, same price either way.

Sometimes, that is a good thing!
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Old 01-26-2017, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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During the holidays you might not even be able to get a flight, even at full fare. One of my former co-workers found himself in this position when his dad died. The waiting list for standby was so long he ended up driving 3,000 miles in the winter to get to the funeral.
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Old 01-30-2017, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Alexander Archipelago
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During the holidays you might not even be able to get a flight, even at full fare. One of my former co-workers found himself in this position when his dad died. The waiting list for standby was so long he ended up driving 3,000 miles in the winter to get to the funeral.
Anchorage airport sees an impressive amount of passengers per day, for sure. Alaska has a ton of flights in and out of there, and most of them are usually full.

It must have one of the highest numbers in the nation of daily air travelers, per capita, if such a statistic is tabulated.
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Old 01-30-2017, 10:26 AM
 
Location: In a rural place where people can't bother me ;)
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During the holidays you might not even be able to get a flight, even at full fare. One of my former co-workers found himself in this position when his dad died. The waiting list for standby was so long he ended up driving 3,000 miles in the winter to get to the funeral.
I'd drive. Whats the big deal? Just get in my truck and go. Life is only as hard as you make it.
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Old 01-30-2017, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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Yeah. Or, as hard as mother nature, geography, geology and geopolitical boundaries make it.
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Old 01-30-2017, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Alexander Archipelago
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I'd drive. Whats the big deal? Just get in my truck and go. Life is only as hard as you make it.
You ever driven the Alcan in the winter? The big deal is that you might be late for the funeral.

Also, a lot of Alaskans don't have cars that they would trust for such a long drive, since many of them don't need to do much driving and therefore own cheap, older cars.

In my town, it makes no sense whatsoever to own a nice rig, because if you break down- so what? You can walk just about anywhere if absolutely necessary, or have someone come pick you up with little inconvenience to them.
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