Alaska Airlines Status After Just Two Roundtrips

Airlines will frequently give you elite status if you have status with a competitor in order to make it easier to move your business.

Alaska Airlines in particular is quite aggressive, they will even match to their top tier MVP Gold 75K level when you email elite.flyer@alaskaair.com with proof of your existing status. And they’re fairly quick on the response, too. Wait until October 1 if you want status to be valid for the entire coming year and not just through the end of the current elite year.

They also have a new offer out that does not require you to be a current elite flyer, just someone that has plans to fly cross country a few times.

  • Earn MVP status after 2 round trips on transcon flights or
  • MVP Gold status after 4 round trips on transcon flights
  • Trips must occur March 6 — May 31, 2019

Registration required and open to residents of California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or District of Columbia. In other words, folks most likely to fly cross country.

Qualifying flights:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) to/from Baltimore (BWI), Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), Washington-Dulles (IAD), or Washington-Reagan (DCA)
  • San Diego (SAN) to/from Baltimore (BWI), Boston (BOS), Newark (EWR), or Orlando (MCO)
  • San Francisco (SFO) to/from Baltimore (BWI), Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), Philadelphia (PHL), Raleigh (RDU), Washington-Dulles (IAD), or Washington-Reagan (DCA)
  • San Jose (SJC) to/from New York (JFK) or Newark (EWR)

Terms and conditions:

Only Mileage Plan™ members in New York, California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, North Carolina, and Florida, as indicated by the address attached to their Mileage Plan account are eligible for this offer.

Eligible members who register for this promotion before their first qualifying flight will receive 2019 MVP® status after flying 4 qualifying flights and 2019 MVP® Gold status after flying 8 qualifying flights within the promotional period. Qualifying flights must take place between March 6 and May 31, 2019. Qualifying flights must be marketed and operated by Alaska Airlines and nonstop between Los Angeles (LAX) and Baltimore (BWI), Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), Washington-Dulles (IAD), or Washington-Reagan (DCA); Between San Diego (SAN) and Baltimore (BWI), Boston (BOS), Newark (EWR), or Orlando (MCO); Between San Francisco (SFO) and Baltimore (BWI), Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), Philadelphia (PHL), Raleigh (RDU), Washington-Dulles (IAD), or Washington-Reagan (DCA); Between San Jose (SJC) and New York (JFK) or Newark (EWR). Mileage for qualifying flights must be credited to the member’s Mileage Plan account. Not valid on free or award travel. 2019 elite status will be awarded within four to six weeks of qualifying activity posting to a member’s account, and will be valid through December 31, 2019. All terms and conditions of the Mileage Plan program apply. Offer subject to change without notice.

(HT: Joe Brancatelli)

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. we can all see where their looking to poach travelers, actually the new interiors and service are really nice. I equate their coach to Southwest in comfort , AS premium class has I believe the most room of anyone flying cross country, first as well. I am talking about the new interiors

  2. @ Gary — I don’t totally understand why this doesn’t apply to residents of more states, like GA and SC. We have coastline, too!

  3. I was gifted MVP status last year (now expired). The bonus miles are a plus, as was my 3 upgrades to first SAN/SFO and R/T JFK/LAS.

    Such a deal!

  4. Alaska needs a geography lesson. States like N.H. And R.I. feed a fair amount of traffic to Bos.

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