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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)
(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)
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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Why We Chose It

Build your loyalty to Delta by applying for the carrier's mid-tier card option, the Delta SkyMiles Platinum card. The annual fee is quickly recouped by the card's travel perks, such as an application credit to Global Entry or TSA Precheck, annual companion certificate and so much more. Plus you can fast-track to elite status simply through card spend.

Pros

  • Earn bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) and an Medallion Qualifying Dollar (MQD) waiver when you hit specific spending thresholds with your card within a calendar year
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year
  • Statement credit for TSA PreCheck/Global Entry fee (up to $100)
  • First checked bag free

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  • Doesn't make sense if you don't fly Delta
  • SkyMiles aren't the most valuable airline currency
  • Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $80 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights. Plus enjoy Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding and settle into your seat sooner.
  • New: Card Members get 15% off when using miles to book Award Travel on Delta flights through delta.com and the Fly Delta app. Discount not applicable to partner-operated flights or to taxes and fees.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide including takeout and delivery in the U.S., and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases.
  • Enjoy a per-visit rate of $50 per person for Card Members and up to two guests to enter the Delta Sky Club when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® after you apply through any Authorized Enrollment Provider. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, you will receive access to TSA PreCheck.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs up to two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees