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With increased competition in the Pacific Northwest from Delta, Alaska has been aggressively wooing new flyers and potential elites with a series of promotions and developments including the ability to earn elite-qualifying miles on all its airline partners, double miles on Emirates, and various double EQM offers.
Now the airline has launched a targeted promotion offering flyers within striking range of elite status an instant bump to the next elite level plus 2,500 EQM’s toward your 2016 status just for flying one roundtrip flight before the end of the year.
Here’s details of the offer:
Fly one round trip before the end of the year, and we’ll bump you up to the next level of Elite Status for 2015. Plus, you’ll get 2,500 Elite-Qualifying Miles towards 2016 Elite Status in our award-winning Mileage Plan program.
To take advantage of this great offer, simply register your Mileage Plan number, and take 2 flights between October 24, 2014 and December 31, 2014.
Offer Terms & Conditions:
Only Mileage Plan members who receive this offer via email directly from Alaska Airlines, and have accounts active as of October 24, 2014, are eligible to register. Registration is required prior to your first qualifying flight.
Upon completion of two qualifying segments, member will automatically receive the next Mileage Plan Elite Status level up from the level for which the member would otherwise be eligible for 2015 based on the number of Elite-Qualifying Miles posted to the members account as of October 24, 2014. Members will also receive 2,500 Elite-Qualifying Bonus Miles which will count toward 2106 Elite Status and can be redeemed for future travel. A qualifying segment is any paid nonstop flight marketed and operated by Alaska Airlines, with a departure date from October 24, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Flight miles must be credited to your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan account in order to qualify for the next tier level and earn 2,500 Elite-Qualifying Bonus Miles toward 2016 status. Not valid on free or award travel. Please allow four to six weeks for miles to be credited to your Mileage Plan account. All terms and conditions of the Mileage Plan program apply. Offer subject to change without notice.
Why Do It?
Even if you’re not targeted, it’s worth trying to sign up since the worst they can do is say no. Plus, you might have missed your invitation email, or it might have gone to your spam folder, so it’s worth trying.
With all the recent changes to Delta’s SkyMiles and Medallion program – including award chart devaluations, the slashing of elite benefits, and more restrictive lounge access policies, and increases to the spending requirements for elite the airline announced earlier this month – you might be considering switching allegiance anyway if you are deciding between the two programs.
As an Alaska elite, you are still eligible for certain complimentary upgrades, preferred seating and priority boarding, Delta, plus even more benefits on American such as free or discounted Main Cabin Extra seats, and checked bag fee waiver.
When it comes to award miles, Alaska has some amazing airline partners like Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Air France/KLM, Qantas. But it is probably the fact that you can use Alaska miles to book awards on non-alliance airlines like Emirates and Fiji Airways that really set this program apart.
All in all, this is a pretty interesting promotion. If you were targeted but weren’t planning on any more Alaska Airlines travel this year, I would suggest considering a taking a quick, cheap roundtrip flight before December 31 to qualify for status and enjoy the benefits through 2015. If you are a Delta flyer who is looking to bank some extra miles this card is a great addition for your wallet. While you'll earn 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else, you'll also have access to other perks like priority boarding, a first bag checked free and 20% off in-flight purchases.
If you are a Delta flyer who is looking to bank some extra miles this card is a great addition for your wallet. While you'll earn 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else, you'll also have access to other perks like priority boarding, a first bag checked free and 20% off in-flight purchases.