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Last week, Delta launched a promo from its new quasi-hub in Seattle where SkyMiles members could earn double award miles on flights between Seattle and San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles now through October 31, 2014 (travel must be booked by December 31, 2013). In response, it looks like Alaska has launched its own competing promo offering double elite-qualifying miles on flights between Seattle and the cities of Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Oakland (OAK), San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC) and Santa Rosa (STS).
To earn the bonus, register your Mileage Plan number prior to your first qualifying flight, and travel between October 22, 2013 and May 31, 2014. Flights must be marketed and operated by Alaska Airlines and must be non-stops to/from those cities. Flight miles must be credited to your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan account in order to earn the double EQM’s, so no crediting your flights to partners American or Delta. All travel must be completed by May 31, 2014.
While the length of this promo isn’t as long as Delta’s, there are no terms that state you have to book your travel within a certain time frame that’s shorter than the entire promo window, so there’s a bit more flexibility here, and I’ll take elite-qualifying miles over regular old award miles any day, especially when Alaska has such great partner airlines you can redeem your miles on including Emirates, Cathay Pacific and Qantas.
You should also be able to stack this promo with Alaska’s other current promo where you can earn 10,000 bonus miles after 3 roundtrips from Seattle to Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco, or 5,000 bonus miles after 2 roundtrips.
It looks like Seattle is the place to be this fall and winter as Delta and Alaska battle it out for dominance and flyers get to reap the benefits.