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.
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Last year we saw Alaska Airlines breaking with past conventions and running a variety of mileage sales that offered better bonuses than we had ever seen before. In the middle of January, and for its first sale of 2021, Alaska Airlines returned with another mileage sale that offered one of the best bonuses we've ever seen. That sale will end in 2 day's time.
While we occasionally see a hotel loyalty program offer bonus points to new members (Marriott Bonvoy leads the way with this) it's an unusual thing for an airline's loyalty program to do, but that's exactly what Alaska's Mileage Plan program is offering right now.
To earn top-tier status with Alaska Airlines a flyer is currently required to credit just 75,000 elite qualifying miles to their account. From 2022 that will no longer be the case as, in a move that was reasonably easy to predict, Alaska Airlines has just told members that it will be creating a new elite tier level next year.
At the beginning of March last year, Alaska Airlines was the first airline to introduce any kind of incentive with regards to elite status earning when it announced that it would reward flyers with 50% more elite qualifying miles on travel taken through 11 April 2020. Since then, the qualification period was extended to cover flights taken by the end of May 2020 and then extended once again to cover all flights taken by 31 December 2020. Now this promotion has been extended for the third time.
Alaska Airlines is set to join the oneworld alliance from 31 March 2021 (it had originally hoped to join in 2020) and today has seen the airline confirm the oneworld status levels that each of Mileage Plan’s elite tiers will be receiving once the airline’s membership of oneworld is complete. Today has also seen the airline make a small (and positive) change to how elite status is earned.
With Alaska Airlines expected to join the oneworld alliance at the end of the first quarter of 2021, it's not a major surprise to find out that the two airlines plan to offer reciprocal elite benefits next year. What is surprising, however, is that both airlines say that they will go as far as offering select elite flyers from the other airline's loyalty program complimentary domestic upgrades on the flights they operate.
Alaska Airlines has offered up a variety of mileage sales this year and on at least two occasions it has offered the very best deals we have ever seen that airline offer. Now the airline is back with a sale that runs for most of what remains of this year and it's a sale that sees Mileage Plan members being targeted for mystery bonuses.
Back in August, Alaska ran a promotion in which it promised members the chance to buy miles with a bonus of up to 70% if they purchased miles in the promotion that was running at the time and, since the first week of this month, Alaska Airlines has been keeping its word. Now, however, you have less than 48 hours to buy Alaska Miles at the cheapest rate we have ever seen.