A reader asked me how his Virgin America flight history would count towards Alaska Airlines lifetime elite status once the Virgin brand was completely folded in Alaska Airlines.
Alaska Airlines awards lifetime MVP Gold status after 1 million actual miles flown on Alaska (and not counting flights on partner airlines besides, for instance, Horizon).
However Virgin America is becoming Alaska since it was purchased by Alaska, and Virgin’s Elevate points transfer to Alaska’s Mileage Plan miles at a ratio of 1 to 1.3. However Virgin American’s points-earning had nothing to do with distance flown, so he wasn’t sure what to expect.
And somehow I hadn’t asked this question before so I reached out to Alaska to clarify. And the short answer is… Virgin America flight history from before the merger won’t count.
Previously flown travel on Virgin America prior to merger close does not count toward Million Miles status. Any travel on Virgin American since 12/14/16 (when we combined programs) where an Alaska Mileage Plan number was on the reservation does count toward Alaska Million Miler status.
I do understand the difficulty divining the number of miles from out of a Virgin America Elevate account, since points attached to each itinerary were based on dollars flown and not distance. Still I was surprised by this.