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Alaska Airlines has launched a new opportunity for flyers holding elite status with either Delta, Southwest, or United Airlines to add “no strings attached” Alaska Mileage Plan elite status to their portfolio.
Alaska Airlines Status Match
This offer is open to Delta, Southwest, and United Airlines flyers who earned elite status for 2020 or for 2021 through actual flight miles or through segments flown in 2019, 2020, or 2021 (if you earned elite status through means other than by flying you’re not eligible).
The offer will remain open on this Alaska Airlines page through 15 April 2021.
There is no challenge or requirement to fly in this offer so there genuinely are “no strings attached” – anyone eligible for this status match will be gifted status with nothing expected in return.
Per Alaska Airlines, the following elite statuses are eligible to be matched:
- Delta Silver
- Delta Gold
- Delta Platinum & Diamond
- Southwest A-List
- Southwest A-List Preferred
- Southwest A-List & Companion Pass
- United Premier Silver & Premier Associate
- United Premier Gold
- United Platinum, 1K & Global Services
Alaska Airlines hasn’t outlined how the Delta/Southwest/United elite statuses will be mapped to its Mileage Plan statuses but as the three elite status groupings (per airline) shown in the bullet points above come from Alaska Airlines, it’s probably safe to assume that they represent how the statuses will be mapped to the three Alaska Airlines elite statuses (MVP, MVP Gold, and MVP 75K)
Holders of eligible elite statuses are required to sign up on this page and will need to submit a screenshot or pdf file showing their current elite status account with their name, their current elite status, and the miles flown year-to-date or miles flown in the prior year (to earn elite status) clearly visible.
An Extra Bonus
As well as being given the gift of Alaska Airlines Elite status, flyers who successfully status match will also be given another bonus that should help make their quest to requalify for elite status (with Alaska) easier.
These are the Alaska Airlines elite status qualification criteria for 2021:
In 2021, all successful status-matchers will earn 50% more elite qualifying miles on every Alaska flight they take through the end of the year.
That’s an improvement on what’s currently being offered to existing Mileage Plan elites (they get 50% more elite qualifying miles through 30 June), but Alaska Airlines elites did also have all their elite qualifying miles earned between 1 January and 30 April rolled over into this year.
If you earned elite status with Delta, Southwest, or United Airlines through flying in 2019, 2020, or 2021, Alaska Airlines would like to gift you elite status in its Mileage Plan program with no strings attached. The airline would also like to make your path to retaining your Mileage Plan status a little easier by offering you 50% more elite qualifying miles for all Alaska Airlines flights flown in 2021.
As status match offers go, this is a pretty good one.