Extended: Alaska offering bonus elite-qualifying miles through June

Jan 1, 2021

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Alaska Airlines has yet again extended its lucrative bonus for flyers. The airline previously announced that it extended all Mileage Plan elite status through December 2021. In addition, it is now extending a promotion that provides flyers with bonus elite-qualifying miles.

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All Alaska Mileage Plan members are now eligible to earn a 50% bonus on elite-qualifying miles for Alaska-operated flights through June 30, 2021. Previously, this bonus was only available for flights through the end of 2020. This is a simple way to boost your prospects for elite status qualification with Alaska this year. While registration was initially required, that is no longer the case for this promotion.

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This promo could put you that much closer to first-class upgrades on your next Alaska flight. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Here are some additional details:

  • The offer only applies to Alaska flights (including those operated by Horizon and Skywest). It’s not applicable on partner airlines — though remember that you can still earn bonus redeemable miles on all long-haul partner flights through the end of the year.
  • There’s no limit to the bonus elite-qualifying miles you can earn through this promotion.
  • Any Mileage Plan member can register; it’s not limited to current MVP elite travelers.

READ MORE: What is Alaska Airlines elite status worth in 2020?

The offer has been extended around the same time that Alaska announced how it’s changing how you can earn status. Potentially, it’s now easier to earn status, as you’ll earn miles the same whether you’re flying with Alaska or with a partner airline.

READ MORE: Alaska Airlines changes how you earn elite status with partners

Additionally, the airline is making it more rewarding for its elite flyers by offering discounts on flights. The airline is offering elites 30% off their next Alaska Airlines flight between Jan. 12 and May 26, 2021, in any cabin. There’s no promo code required — it will be loaded into elite members’ accounts by Jan. 5. The flight must be booked by Jan. 15 in order to get the bonus.

For customers, it’s also worth noting that the bonus elite-qualifying miles will apply to tickets booked using the Companion Fare benefit on the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card from Bank of America. As a cardholder, you and up to six travelers on the same reservation can also check a bag for free on these flights.

If you don’t currently have the card in your wallet, now’s a great time to sign up, as it’s offering a limited-time bonus of 40,000 bonus miles, plus a $100 statement credit and Alaska’s Famous Companion Fare from $121 ($99 fare plus taxes and fees from $22) after you make $2,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening.

If you plan to travel at this time, you may want to consider booking with Alaska to accelerate your progress toward MVP elite status with the airline.

Additional reporting by Benji Stawski and Emily McNutt.

Featured photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Updated on 4/8/2021

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