Last week, Alaska Airlines held its annual convention Loyalty event. Unlike previous years, this event was not broadcast as a webinar. I noticed some big changes made to the million mile status by the Alaska Airlines 100K Facebook user group. There are two big changes: status accelerator And status sharing.
Million Mile Status
Achieving million mile status on Alaska Airlines requires exactly that, flying a base million miles. Bonus miles such as rate code multipliers and other bonus miles do not count. Flying on partner airlines doesn’t count either. Must be one million base miles on Alaska Airlines operated flights only.
One of the perks of being a million miler is that you get MVP Gold (level 3) status for life. Alaska Airlines wants to keep these high-value customers in the air. If you are a millionaire and want level 4-5 status, you have to earn it like everyone else. Every year, level status depends on qualification each year. The qualifying year runs from January 1 to December 31. Your status at the end of the year will determine your Elite benefits for the following year. The Status Accelerator gives millions of miles a head start by issuing 20,000 elite qualifying miles (EQM) each year.
With 20,000 EQMs in advance each year, your annual requalification has become easier.
If you have two million mile status, you get MVP Gold 75K (Tier 4) status for life and your status booster is 40,000 miles.
The first round of Status Booster EQMs were posted to these accounts on May 16, 2023.
THE status sharing benefit allows millions of miles to share the highest status between lifetime status or highest earned status with someone in your household. It is a benefit for life.
For the millions of miles who have reduced their flights with MVP Gold status (level 3), they can share level 3 status. 5) can share the top status.
Trust but verify
There is nothing on the Alaska Airlines website that contains information about these new million mile benefits. I contacted Alaska Airlines customer service to verify the content of this message. The customer service agent hadn’t heard of these benefits either. The agent told me she would escalate my question and email me a response.
It’s big. Alaska Airlines made a bold move to keep its best customers motivated to fly on Alaska Airlines. I still have a long way to go to earn million mile status, but I’m excited about these changes to reach my goal of million mile status.