Alaska Mileage Plan: One year extension of your membership status

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After Hilton Honors extended membership status of all members a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t help but wished that Alaska Airlines would do the same to extend my MVP Gold status for another year. That wish came true this morning as I receive an email from them. I have mentioned many times that, to me, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is the most rewarding Frequent Flyer Program out there and it does way more than just give you lounge access when flying Economy and increased baggage allowance.

What is Alaska miles? Why do I value it more than Krisflyer? How to accumulate them? How to use them? All these questions answered in this article.

Here are the key points of this announcement:

  • Your current status will be extended through December 31, 2021. Whatever status you have today, you’ll also have it next year.

  • Your status extension will convert to oneworld alliance’s equivalent when Alaska officially joins the alliance in mid-2021.

  • Any elite-qualifying miles earned between January 1 and April 30, 2020 will be rolled over to 2021 to give you a head start on earning status for 2022.


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Conclusion

I have done absolutely nothing to re-qualify for MVP Gold this year and this move feels like a huge gift. I’ll continue to enjoy 200% mileage accrual on Premium Economy flights to USA in Singapore Airlines. Thank you Alaska!

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Here’s the full email:

We know the last few weeks have been incomprehensible—both around the world, and right at home in our communities. No one could have predicted how much of an impact COVID-19 would have on our lives, but we’re doing everything we can, on the ground and in the air, to adapt to the situation at hand and ensure the last thing you’re worried about is your Alaska Mileage Plan™ status and benefits.

Last week, we sent you an email about a forthcoming plan to address your concerns, so here’s what we’re doing to provide as much peace of mind as possible when it comes to traveling with us.

Elite status extension
– Your current status will be extended through December 31, 2021. Whatever status you have today, you’ll also have it next year.

– That status will unlock even more benefits as we move closer to our oneworld® launch in summer 2021.*

– For our MVP and MVP Gold members: look for additional opportunities in the coming months to earn more elite-qualifying miles in 2020 to boost your status in 2021.

– For our MVP Gold 75K members: we’ll provide additional opportunities to earn your annual 50,000 bonus miles reward.

– Any elite-qualifying miles earned between January 1 and April 30, 2020 will be rolled over to 2021 to give you a head start on earning status for 2022.

– Members who started a status match challenge between December 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 will have the challenge criteria waived, and your matched status will be extended through December 31, 2021.

Companion certificate extension
– All companion certificates set to expire in 2020 will be extended. You’ll now have until December 31, 2020 to purchase new travel through November 26, 2021.

We’ll work as quickly as we can to update your accounts. In the meantime, you can find more answers to FAQ on the Alaska Airlines blog.

We’re incredibly grateful for your loyalty and when it’s time to travel again, we’ll be ready.

Stay safe and healthy, and we’ll see you onboard soon.

Andrew Harrison
Chief Commercial Officer

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