I work for jetBlue now and I have worked for AA for the past 8 years (laidoff) and still have flight benifits on them until june 2010. I would love to get up to AK but Im going to wait until I get to your position before I go. I have only applied to pubnat 8 so I have some time to wait. I hope I get the chance like you, to get in before its to late and by picking AK I think that will improve my chances from what I hear since nobody wants to go there. From what I have been looking at on the web I have to say AK looks awesome and the great outdoors there look even better! Good luck and let me know what the trip was like if you get the chance!