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Successful Status Match from AA EP to Alaska Mileage Plan MVP Gold 75K

Feb. 05, 2020
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Successful Status Match from AA EP to Alaska Mileage Plan MVP Gold 75K
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After years as an American Airlines Executive Platinum member, I realized late last year that I would no longer be able to qualify.

I wrote about my successful status challenge to Delta Platinum, but I figured I might as well get as much mileage as possible out of the last days of AA EP status, so I reached out Alaska Airlines to see if I could also enroll in a challenge to their top-tier status.

(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

I’ve been treated very well by American Airlines, and despite bumps in the road, I’d never thought about switching carriers.

But after AA instituted a new spend requirement of $15,000 for 2019 that could no longer be — at least partially — mitigated with credit card spend, I knew I could no longer swing Executive Platinum status.

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You see, I used to be able to take off $6,000 of the former $12,000 AA spend requirement by putting all my spending on the Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Silver Mastercard. (You can get this card only by upgrading from the Barclays Red Aviator Card.)

Last year, I put $50,000 on the card and got $6,000 in EQDs. But this year, I only got $3,000 in EQDs after spending that same $50,000, as Barclays had cut its EQD benefit in half. (I still got 10,000 in EQMs toward status, which was nice.)

In any case, this higher spending requirement coupled with the new limits on EQDs through credit card spending made it unlikely that I'd reach Executive Platinum again.

I figured if I was going to be a midlevel status, I might as well try something new. So I signed up for an Alaska Airlines status challenge. TPG's guide to status matches and challenges was instrumental. TPG values Alaska MVP Gold 75K at $6,825, so it’s definitely worth the effort.

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Alaska has an official Mileage Plan Status Match Challenge landing page where you can upload your proof of current status and request to begin a challenge.

Alaska Status Match Challenge page.
Alaska Status Match Challenge page.

RELATED: What is Alaska Airlines elite status worth in 2020?

I sent them a screenshot of my AA balance showing I held Executive Platinum status via the website, and got a confirmation that my request was received. I eventually got word via email that I was enrolled.

Alaska Mileage Plan confirmation of enrollment in Status Match program.
Alaska Mileage Plan confirmation of enrollment in Status Match program.

Then came the fun part. I obsessively checked the Alaska Airlines website at least twice a day. I was all set to book some flights, but figured I had about three months to complete it, so no rush. I wanted to wait until I had the status before I started booking. Finally, about two weeks later, I saw that my status had been upgraded to MVP Gold 75K.

At the time my status was granted, there was no email indicating what I needed to fly before I got to keep the status. Is it possible that I had been granted a status match instead of a challenge? A letter in the mail this week built up my hopes. I thought Alaska gave me a match instead of a challenge.

Not so fast. Editor Nick Ewen told me it was highly unlikely. A call to Alaska confirmed I'd still need fly 20,000 miles by the end of March to keep my status for all of 2020. So I need to get busy doing some status runs! Stay tuned for some flight reviews of Alaska Airlines!

(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

They do make it clear in the rules that it's once a lifetime, so I'm busy planning the best ways to use my new status. I may do a long-desired trip to Alaska. I also have some flights coming up on Alaska that I used AA miles to book, so It will come in handy then. And now there's a fantastic new promo that gives you 10,000 Alaska miles for flying on paid partner-flights to international destinations.

(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

RELATED: Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card review

I’ll report back on how flying Alaska Airlines compares to American Airlines. With my status challenges, and matches I'll enjoy Platinum on Delta and MVP Gold 75K with Alaska MileagePlus. I did end up earning Platinum Pro on AA too. 2020 should be an interesting year.

Alaska jet on tarmac at Newark December 2019 (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Alaska jet on tarmac at Newark December 2019 (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
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(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)
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    670-850
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Why We Chose It

It's hard to find a card that competes with the mile-long list of benefits that come with the Amex Business Platinum. While it's certainly not the card for the average consumer, a business owner with tons of expenses -- especially related to travel -- will find this card incredibly valuable. This card is similar to the consumer version that Amex offers, but with more business-oriented perks around statement credits and earning rates that are a better fit for business owners.

Pros

  • An up to $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee every four to five years
  • Up to $400 annual credit for eligible U.S. Dell purchases (enrollment required)
  • Gold status at Marriott and Hilton hotels (enrollment required)
  • Access to the Fine Hotels & Resorts program and Hotel Collection
  • Extended warranty protection
  • International Airline Program and Cruise Privileges Program

Cons

  • Steep annual fee
  • Difficulty meeting $15,000 welcome offer for smaller businesses
  • Limited high-bonus categories outside of travel
  • The Points Guy Exclusive Offer: Earn 150,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card® within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com, and 1X points for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases.
  • Earn 1.5X points (that’s an extra half point per dollar) on eligible purchases at US construction material & hardware suppliers, electronic goods retailers and software & cloud system providers, and shipping providers, as well as on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else, on up to $2 million of these purchases per calendar year.
  • Unlock over $1,000 in annual statement credits on a curation of business purchases, including select purchases made with Dell Technologies, Indeed, Adobe, and U.S. wireless service providers.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year for checked baggage fees, lounge day passes, and more at one selected airline.
  • $189 CLEAR® Credit: Use your Card and get up to $189 back per year on your CLEAR® membership. CLEAR® is available at more than 50 U.S. airports and stadiums.
  • The American Express Global Lounge Collection® can provide an escape at the airport. With more than 1,400 airport lounges across 140 countries and counting, you have more lounge location options than any other credit card on the market as of 9/2021.
  • $695 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.