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Alaska Airlines is offering California residents a fast track to elite status


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Alaska Airlines is predominantly a west coast airline and as such, we often see it targeting some of its better offers at the California market. The airline’s latest offer is no different as it is specifically targeting California-based flyers for a fast track to elite status when they fly select coast-to-coast routes.

Alaska’s Coast to Elite Status promo

From 1 January to 31 March 2023, Mileage Plan members based in California can earn Mileage Plan MVP status with just two round trips on qualifying flights and they can earn MVP Gold status with just four round-trip flights.

Qualifying routes

Los Angeles (LAX) to…

  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Newark (EWR)
  • Washington-Dulles (IAD)
  • Washington-Reagan (DCA)

San Diego (SAN) to…

  • Boston (BOS)
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Newark (EWR)
  • New York (JFK
  • Orlando (MCO)

San Francisco (SFO) to…

  • Boston (BOS)
  • New York (JFK)
  • Newark (EWR)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Tampa (TPA)
  • Washington-Dulles (IAD)
  • Washington-Reagan (DCA)

Key terms

  • Eligible members who register for this promotion before their first qualifying flight will receive 2023 MVP® status after flying 2 roundtrips (4 qualifying flights) and 2023 MVP Gold status after flying 4 roundtrips (8 qualifying flights) within the promotional period.
  • Qualifying flights must take place between January 1 and March 31, 2023.
  • Qualifying flights must be marketed and operated by Alaska Airlines and nonstop between Los Angeles (LAX) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Newark (EWR), Washington-Dulles (IAD), or Washington-Reagan (DCA); Between San Diego (SAN) and Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Newark (EWR), New York (JFK) or Orlando (MCO); Between San Francisco (SFO) and Boston (BOS), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), Tampa (TPA), Washington-Dulles (IAD), or Washington-Reagan (DCA).
  • Mileage for qualifying flights must be credited to the member’s Mileage Plan account.
  • Not valid on free or award travel.
  • 2023 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, 2023.
  • Only Mileage Plan members in California as indicated by the address attached to their Mileage Plan account are eligible for this offer.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the registration page

Alaska Mileage Plan elite benefits

You’ll find screenshots showing the benefits of MVP and MVP Gold status below (click or tap to enlarge) but in brief, this is what you should know:

MVP status isn’t particularly exciting, but it does offer a 50% bonus on base miles earned through flying, 2 free checked bags, access to express security lines at select airports, and a discount on Alaska Lounge membership so it does have its uses.

MVP Gold status is considerably more interesting because not only does it offer a 100% bonus on base miles earned through flying, and all the benefits of MVP status (and more), but it also maps to oneWorld Sapphire Elite status which offers flyers a host of nice benefits when flying internationally (e.g. Business Class lounge access and free seat selection and access to exit row seating).

If you’re thinking of going for status through this promotion and your budget will stretch to it, MVP Gold status is definitely worth aiming for.

Bottom line

If you’re based in California and would like to earn fast track oneWorld elite status, Alaska Airlines has an offer for you.

Needless to say, if you’re not sure that you’ll be able to make the most MVP or MVP Gold status in 2023, you shouldn’t be going out of your way (i.e. spending money that you wouldn’t otherwise have spent) to lock in Mileage Plan status via this promotion, but if you like the oneWorld alliance and have some oneWorld international trips planned, this could be an economical way to earn an elite status that will make those trips a little more comfortable.

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