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Alaska Elites Can Now Select Extra Upgrades, Lounge Passes and More

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Earlier this year, I took advantage of an ongoing Alaska status match — I sent my United 1K credentials and Alaska matched me to MVP Gold 75K. Admittedly, I didn’t have plans to fly Alaska myself, but I instead wanted to earn four Gold Guest Upgrades so I could move my friends from coach to first on a round-trip flight from San Diego to Kauai. I haven’t flown Alaska at all (or credited any partner flights), so I didn’t earn status for 2016. That’s why I was especially surprised to see that I was eligible for Alaska’s holiday bonus!

Select your 2015 gift from Alaska.
Select your 2015 gift from Alaska.

As of this week, you can sign in to your Alaska account and click the “Thank You Gift” option on the left panel. There, you’ll see the three options listed above. If you plan to fly Alaska between now and December 31, 2016 (or know someone who is) the first option of two Gold Guest Upgrades is obviously the most valuable (especially since you can pair them with your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature companion ticket). After that, I’d select the two Board Room day passes (if you can use them) and finally the two Gogo flight passes. Worst case, if you can’t use any of these perks, you can always share them with another reader come November 2016.

These perks are available to MVP Gold members and above. You must log in and select your gift by January 22, 2016.

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  • 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days.
  • Annual companion fare from $121 ($99, plus taxes and fees from $22) after you make $1,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of your account opening. There are no blackout dates.
  • Free checked bag for you and up to six other passengers on the same reservation.
  • 3 miles for every $1 spent on Alaska Airlines tickets, vacation packages, cargo and in-flight purchases.
  • 1 mile for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn and redeem Alaska Mileage Plan miles to over 800 destinations around the world on Alaska Airlines and our more than 15 global airline partners.
  • No foreign transaction fees, plus chip enabled for enhanced security when used at chip-enabled terminals.
  • The benefits above apply to Visa Signature consumer accounts only and different benefits apply to Platinum Plus® accounts. Card type is determined by creditworthiness.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Rating
N/A 12.49% - 19.49% Variable APR on purchases and balance transfers $75 0% Excellent/Good