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Next week I am taking my family to Disneyland. It’ll be the first time in 12 years that I have visited, and I have mixed feelings about the trip. I’m not a fan of crowds, lines, and most of the other things that visiting a theme park entails. But…I know that seeing our kids’ happy faces will be entirely worth it.

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Although driving to Disneyland is technically an option for us (it’d be a long 12 hours), I decided flying was a much better choice. The most cost effective option was to drive to the Bay (only 5 hours) and fly into Santa Ana airport. Plus, I caught the perfect Alaska flight on a fare sale. And Alaska was still my selected airline for my Business Platinum Card, so I figured I better make use of the 50% back perk while I still could.

After booking our flights for a mere 19,200 Membership Rewards for 5 people, I purposely selected seats near the back of the plane. I avoided the last row since it is right next to the lavatory. After our first time flying with kids, I realized that the back of the bus is a great place to be with our little ones.

Why do our sets keep changing?!?

Oddly, I have now gotten 3 notifications via Award Wallet that our seats have been changed. The first time I panicked since I knew that we could be in trouble if they had split us up poorly. I mean…the first attempt at seating us together was a major fail. But that one was Amex’ fault.

a screenshot of a cell phone

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After logging in and taking a look, things weren’t all that bad. I had to move a pair of us closer to the rest of the family, but other than that, the changes weren’t a problem. The weird thing was that there weren’t any other people seated in the rows around us, save one person in the last row. So why did Alaska change our seats?

The second and third times were just as puzzling. This time people had moved, but the overall arrangement was maintained. There was no equipment change (every time the seat map still showed an ERJ-175), and both flights were changed each time. I really have no explanation.


At this point, our flight is next week, and the plane is pretty full. If Alaska changes our seat assignments again and other people move into the seats, we could be in trouble.

But I am confident things will work out. If worse comes to worst, we can just try and ask people to switch, and I’ll write a complaint to Alaska. Why they keep changing the seat assignments is beyond me.

Anyone else ever experienced this issue after booking a flight?

Featured image courtesy of BriYYZ under CC 2.0 license

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