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

Dec 22, 2015

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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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