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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.

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card

Alaska miles are extremely valuable because you can book awards on partners like Emirates, Icelandair, Korean Air and Japan Airlines. The current bonus of 30,000 miles can book you a roundtrip ticket on Alaska Airlines from Boston to San Diego or New York to Seattle, for example.

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More Things to Know
  • Special Introductory Offer: Buy 1 ticket, get 1 for just the taxes and fees with Alaska's Famous Companion Fare™ Offer.
  • Get 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 or more within the first 90 days of your account opening.
  • Get Alaska's Famous Companion Fare™ every year! Each Year on your account anniversary get a companion fare from $121 ($99 plus taxes and fees from $22). Valid on all Alaska flights booked on alaskaair.com.
  • Save with a free checked bag on Alaska flights for you and up to six other guests on the same reservation.
  • Earn 3 miles for every $1 spent directly on Alaska Airlines purchases and 1 mile for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • New - Get exclusive access to discounted redemption levels when you redeem miles for hotel stays at over 400,000 properties using Mileage Plan™ Hotels.
  • Earn unlimited miles and travel with no blackout dates and no foreign transaction fees.
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
16.99%-24.99% Variable APR on purchases and balance transfers
Annual Fee
$75
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $10 or 3% of the amount of each transaction, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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