Two Ways to Earn Elite Status Faster With Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan 2020

Members of the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan now have an opportunity to earn elite level status faster two different ways in 2020: one is by flying as a passenger aboard airplanes which are operated by Alaska Airlines; and the other is by using the Alaska Airlines Visa credit card.

Two Ways to Earn Elite Status Faster With Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan 2020

The elite level status already earned by members of the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty program as of Thursday, December 31, 2020 will automatically be extended through the end of 2021. The elite level status extension does not apply to passengers who are in the middle of completing a status challenge offer, as the elite status challenge must be completed to keep elite level status after the challenge period of 90 days.

Earn elite level status during the year 2020 so you will be ready to take advantage of the expanded benefits of American Airlines and the expanded benefits of the oneworld alliance starting in the summer of 2021, as Alaska Airlines has announced its intention to join as a member of the oneworld alliance in summer 2021.

Note that the bonus elite qualifying miles which are awarded as part of this promotion count toward qualification of earning elite level status only, cannot be redeemed, and cannot be used toward award travel. All terms and conditions Mileage Plan terms and conditions apply.

If you are new to elite level status, note that benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Two checked bags for you and companions on the same reservation
  • Priority boarding
  • Complimentary upgrades when available — although complimentary upgrades are not available when booking a Saver fare in X class of service
  • Bonus Mileage Plan miles on base miles earned
  • Access to preferred seating and dedicated customer service telephone lines

1. 50 Percent More Elite Qualifying Miles By Flying as a Passenger

Unlike a similar promotion which was offered almost three months ago, this promotion does not require registration, as all active members of the Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty program who are passengers of flights which are marketed and operated by Alaska Airlines between Monday, June 1, 2020 and Thursday, December 31, 2020 will earn a bonus of 50 percent more elite qualifying miles towards elite level status in the Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty program.

Mileage for qualifying flights must be credited to the Mileage Plan membership account. This offer is not valid on free or award travel.

2. 2,500 Elite Qualifying Miles For Every $5,000.00 Spent

If you are a qualified member of the Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty program, you may earn 2,500 elite qualifying miles for every combination of purchase transactions totaling at least $5,000.00 spent — exclusive of any fees, including the annual fee, returns and adjustments — which post on your Alaska Airlines Visa credit card between Monday, June 1, 2020 through Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

You may earn up to a maximum limit of 10,000 elite qualifying miles earned through this promotion — even if you hold multiple Alaska Airlines consumer and small business Visa credit cards. Purchases from different Alaska Airlines accounts cannot be combined to reach the $5,000.00 threshold.

Elite qualifying miles will be credited to your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan membership account within the first two billing cycles after qualifying. To qualify for this offer, your credit card account must be open with active charging privileges.

Bank of America is not responsible for fulfillment of this elite-qualifying miles offer and posting of miles directly to your Alaska Mileage Plan account. Elite-qualifying miles will not appear on your credit card statement.


In my opinion, the frequent flier loyalty programs of other airlines should consider following the lead of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan with similar promotions if they want to incentivize members to use their products and services more to help increase business in general which was lost as a result of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic.

Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

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