Elite Status Match on Alaska Airlines until December 2017!
Elite status is the name of the game in the airline world today. We wrote a post about this a while back, but just a reminder, elite status is the way to first class upgrades, fee waivers, priority boarding, checked bag waivers, and much more. Since we’re not wealthy by any means, having elite status is the only way that we can sit up front as much as we do when we fly domestically.
One of the questions that comes up all the time from readers is which airline they should choose to anchor themselves with. Since we travel a lot, we have the luxury of holding elite status with Delta, Alaska, American, United, and Virgin, but we also understand that not everyone has that much free time or ability.
One of my favorite methods to get elite status easily or even instantly is through the “status match.” Simply put, it’s just asking the airline if they’d like to give you status, for free! The catch, of course, is that you’ve got to already have status with one airline.
Well, I just confirmed that Alaska Airlines is offering an Elite Status match across all airlines, and status will be valid until December 31st, 2017.
The other catch is that there is no catch! It’s a straight status to status match with no challenge required. Some airlines will give you a temporary status and then require you to fly X number of miles or segments to retain the status, but not Alaska. They’ll match you level for level with no challenge needed. This is a HUGE advantage, as most status matches are usually only good for those fliers who have a certain immediate use planned for travel.
After confirming with the rep, I dug a little deeper to find out just exactly how the statuses would be matched.
American: Gold = MVP, Platinum = MVP Gold, Exec Plat = MVP Gold 75k
Delta: Silver = MVP, Gold = MVP Gold, Platinum/Diamond = MVP Gold 75k
Virgin: Silver = MVP, Gold = MVP Gold
United: Does anyone really fly with United anymore? (haha) If so, why?
Status on Alaska has its perks. One of the great parts of Alaska is their 1 mile = 1 mile policy. You fly a mile, you earn a mile. Plain and simple. As a Gold you get a 100% bonus on flown miles and as a 75k member you get a 125% bonus on all miles. This is a super quick way to get your miles count up FAST.
Alaska also has a huge number of partners to earn and redeem miles, across all the major alliances and some airlines that aren’t in alliances
Service on Alaska is quite quirky yet really good; from Pancake machines to snack baskets to electronic bag tags, they’re a fun airline to fly.
ALSO… considering you can get this status for effectively 15 months, it’s a great way to boost your mileage count and start enjoying those first class upgrades sooner rather than later.
There are a couple of hoops to jump through, but they’re all pretty easy. You’ll want to email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following: Your Mileage Plan number, name, A copy of the front and back of you elite card, and a copy of the most recent online statement from your frequent flier program. Once you email those in, it’ll take about 2-3 weeks to get the elite status matched, but in my experience it usually only takes about 7 business days. Keep in mind that this only works once per account, so you can’t match year after year.
Considering just yesterday we wrote about the Membership Rewards transfer offer for free Virgin status, this would be an EXCELLENT way to get both Virgin AND Alaska status for 50,000 miles.