Complimentary MVP Gold 75K on Alaska Airlines
It’s no news that both Jon and myself love flying Alaska, especially ever since we became MVP Gold 75K elites about 4 years ago. We’ve written extensively about all the benefits of their top tier elite status and how easy it is to achieve it in comparison with other airlines.
We never get tired of saying how much we love how friendly the airline as a whole feels to us, from call center agents to check-in agents and all ground and on board crew, as well as their new option to place your elite status on hold if you have a baby. We also have no issues pointing out the bad aspects we keep noticing whenever that is the case, just like we keep filing our Alaska Listens surveys whenever we get to experience something good or bad.
About a week ago, a few of our friends texted us asking us whether we’d gifted them elite status on Alaska – since that is something we Gold 75Ks get to do once a year. When we asked why, their responses were: ‘Well, I just noticed my account is now showing that I’m an MVP Gold 75K member, even if I’ve done little flying on Alaska this year’. Valid question, since we are well known with surprising our friends with this benefit, but the issue is we’re only able to gift MVP status alone, which is the lowest tier in their program. This was definitely not our doing since they are now MVP Gold 75K.
We told them it must have probably been an error on Alaska’s side as that is definitely not a stated benefit, and we confirmed with them whether they’d previously requested a status match through another airline since Alaska is very generous in doing so. Neither of them had done this at all recently, so we were all left quite puzzled.
Once again, a couple of days ago, two of them got back in touch with us to let us know Alaska themselves had sent them an email welcoming them as top elite members and wishing them to “enjoy their complimentary MVP Gold 75K status in the Mileage PlanTM program”. Odd, but I don’t think they’ll be complaining anytime soon.
I tried doing some research about this mysterious complimentary MVP Gold 75K and really didn’t get anywhere to be honest. Their website states no promotion at this time, their social media has posted nothing about it so far and I’m really running out of ideas as it is.
Maybe they are trying to escalate the fight with Delta since they seem to be invading Seattle pretty heavily for the past few years? I would be easily swayed towards Alaska if they just gave me to elite status to try to tempt me into flying them more if I were a Delta frequent flyer (which is exactly how we ended up fully divorcing Delta and their ridiculous earning) and swapped all of our loyalty to Alaska.
Or maybe they’re just nice, as all of their marketing campaign is focused on these days. They have never been anything but nice to us, from helping us rebook our family members when we screwed up their travel dates to helping us into a Virgin America flight when our Alaska flight was cancelled and I needed to find my way back to Seattle urgently. They really are the airline of nice (“Hello this is Susan from Boise!”).
Or, maybe even more plausible, both being nice and flipping the bird to Delta (which I secretly hope is the true reason, tbh). Whatever the reason is though, I would suggest y’all to go check your Alaska Mileage Plan accounts and see if you’ve been upgraded to MVP Gold 75K status lately without your butt being on their planes for over 75K miles so far this year. You might find a pleasant surprise.
Did you get complimentary MVP Gold 75K status from Alaska Airlines? Let us know in the comments below.