Alaska Airlines Extends Mileage Plan Elite Status Due to COVID-19

Alaska Airlines Extends Mileage Plan Elite Status Due to COVID-19
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We’ve seen Delta and United unveil their plans for elite flyers this week, and now Alaska Airlines has detailed what the future holds for Mileage Plan members due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What Alaska Airlines’ Extended Elite Status Looks Like

An Alaska Airlines Jet flying above the Molokai Cliffs

An Alaska Airlines Jet flying above the Molokai Cliffs

Alaska Airlines has decided to extend Mileage Plan elite status for 12 months. Alaska Airlines’ status expires at the end of the calendar year, so this means current Alaska status now expires on 12/31/2021. One interesting aspect of Alaska’s plan is that all the “extras” that typically come with re-qualifying for status, including upgrade vouchers for MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K members, will be given to members in 2021 as well.

Additionally, elite miles already earned, or to be earned in the 2020 status year, will be rolled over to 2021. This means you have two years’ worth of time to earn the same amount of miles for status. As of now, Alaska does not have a revenue requirement like United, Delta, or American, so this is a great opportunity for those that can and will travel into 2021. Keep in mind that Alaska has a promo running for double elite miles until 5/31, which I predict being extended.

If you have one of the Alaska Airlines credit cards, you have a great perk in their companion tickets, which have also been extended. Your current certificate must be booked by 12/31/2020, for travel before 11/26/2021.

If you’re currently enrolled in a status challenge, your trial status has been extended until 2021, which is absolutely amazing for them!

Conclusion

Alaska, Delta, and United have unveiled their plans, now we’re waiting on you, American Airlines!