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Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

Fast Track to Elite Status Extended Again 2021 With Alaska Airlines

This time, it lasts until the end of the year.

In a promotion which has now officially been extended by another three months, you can earn 50 percent more elite status qualifying miles when you fly as a passenger on flights which are marketed and operated by Alaska Airlines through Friday, December 31, 2021…

Fast Track to Elite Status Extended Again 2021 With Alaska Airlines

…but you must be an active member of the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty program in order to qualify for this program — and registration for this promotion is not required in order to participate.

This promotion was extended not only for members of the Mileage Plan program who have already earned elite status and will be able to keep it through 2021; but also to give members a chance to earn elite status for the first time or a chance to earn a higher tier of elite status.

An official announcement from Alaska Airlines was first released on Monday, June 1, 2020; but the offer was originally supposed to conclude on Thursday, December 31, 2020. The offer was initially extended for another six months; and it had been extended yet again for another three months; but now it has been extended through the end of 2021.

To qualify for elite status in the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty program — and yes, the new MVP Gold 100K elite status level will be covered in a future article:

Earning Qualification For Elite Status
MVP Gold
MVP Gold 75K
MVP Gold 100K
Elite Qualifying Miles or Segments
20,000 elite qualifying miles or 30 flight segments 40,000 elite qualifying miles or 60 flight segments 75,000 elite qualifying miles or 90 flight segments 100,000 elite qualifying miles or 140 flight segments
Minimum Segments on Alaska Airlines Two flight segments
Four flight segments Six flight segments 24 flight segments

Elite status with Alaska Airlines includes — but is not limited to, depending on the tier — the following benefits:

  • Two checked bags for you and companions on the same reservation
  • Priority boarding
  • Complimentary upgrades when available — except when booking a Saver fare in X class of service
  • Bonus miles on base miles earned
  • Access to preferred seating and dedicated customer service phone lines

Select Terms and Conditions

Mileage for qualifying flights must be credited to the Mileage Plan account of the member. Not valid on free or award travel. The bonus elite-qualifying miles awarded as part of this promotion count toward elite status qualification only, are non-redeemable, and cannot be used toward award travel.

Status extension does not apply to guests in the middle of a status challenge offer. Status challenge must be completed to keep status after the 90 day challenge period.

Other terms and conditions — including those of the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty program — apply.

Final Boarding Call

Remember that if you earn elite status now with Alaska Airlines, you can take advantage of expanded reciprocal benefits with American Airlines as the result of an expanded partnership — as well as with other airlines which are members of the oneworld alliance, as Alaska Airlines is now a member of the oneworld alliance effective as of Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

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