Alaska Airlines Extends 50% Bonus to Elite MVP Status

Last year Alaska Airlines extended a fantastic promotion to every member of their Mileage Plan program. Every flight that you took, whether it was in economy or first class would earn you an additional 50% of elite miles towards MVP status qualification.

Alaska Airlines has just extended that promotion from December 31, 2020 until June 30th, 2021. That means that every flight you take on Alaska Airlines will earn you a bunch more miles and get you to your next MVP elite level faster.

The Offer

Fly Alaska Airlines between now and June 30, 2021 and earn 50% more Mileage Plan™ elite-qualifying miles (EQM).
You’ve probably already heard that the status you’re holding at the end of 2020*, will be extended through 2021.

But we know that some of you are trying to get elite status for the first time, or are trying to get to the next tier — so we’re making it easier for you to get there with bonus EQMs on flights through the end of the year.

You don’t need to sign up for the promotion, just buy your ticket and fly. The bonus will apply automatically.

The Math

If you can find some discounted First Class flights, this is a great way to earn status, since paid first class flights earn a 75% bonus on top of the base distance.

Remember with Alaska Airlines you STILL earn one mile for every mile flown, unlike the other domestic airlines that calculate your mileage earned based on the cost of the ticket.

For example, a flight between Seattle and Detroit earns 1,920 miles

  • SEA-DTW, 1920 miles earned
  • 50% EQM bonus, 960 miles extra
  • SEA-DTW, 75% First Class bonus 1440 miles earned
  • Total EQM 2,880 for economy and 4,320 for first class

The Extra Benefit

As Alaska Airlines joins the OneWorld alliance next year, here’s a chance to get Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire status even faster. 

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Terms and Conditions

50% bonus elite-qualifying mile offer terms: No registration required. All active Mileage Plan members will receive a 50% bonus on elite-qualifying miles earned on flights marketed and operated by Alaska Airlines between June 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Mileage for qualifying flights must be credited to the member’s Mileage Plan account. Not valid on free or award travel. The bonus elite-qualifying miles awarded as part of this promotion count toward elite status qualification only, are non-redeemable, and cannot be used toward award travel. All terms and conditions of the Mileage Plan program apply.

Author: Jon Nickel-D'Andrea

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  1. @ Jon — Surprisingly, per FT, the math apparently works this way for your example above — 1,920 *1.75 *1.5 = 5,040 (instead of 1920*(1+.75+.50) = 4,320). Personally, I have NEVER seen bonus miles awarded this way, but multiple people on FT have confirmed this to be the correct calculation. Makes this even sweeter. Now, if we can only get vaccines before June 30!

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