Extended: Alaska offering bonus elite-qualifying miles through September

Jun 24, 2021

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Alaska Airlines has yet again extended its lucrative bonus for flyers. In the beginning of the pandemic, the airline extended all Mileage Plan elite status through December 2021. In addition, it’s again 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 September 30, 2021. Previously, this bonus was only available for flights through the end of May 2021, after being extended from 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.

This promo could put you that much closer to first-class upgrades on your next Alaska flight. (Photo by Zach Griff/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 earn the bonus; it’s not limited to current MVP elite travelers.

READ MORE: What is Alaska Airlines elite status worth in 2021?

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

It’s also worth noting that the bonus elite-qualifying miles will apply to tickets booked using the Alaska Companion Fare benefit.

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, Emily McNutt, and Ryan Patterson

Featured photo by Ryan Patterson/The Points Guy

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