Alaska Airlines adds new mileage boosts for loyal customers
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Seattle-headquartered Alaska Airlines has tackled travel challenges head-on throughout the coronavirus pandemic, continually putting customer care and long-term loyalty satisfaction at the forefront of its decision making.
The airline continues to keep guests informed about their health and safety response on their Alaska Airlines blog, while modifying policies so customers do not pay change or cancellation fees for travel booked through the end of this year.
In a completely new move for the airline, Alaska Airlines announced Monday the addition of three new promotions for mileage earners. These latest additions to Alaska’s award-winning Mileage Plan rewards loyal guests with quicker ways to earn elite status and bank miles for future travel redemption.
Alaska Airlines recently guaranteed frequent flyers would retain their 2020 elite status with rollover extension through 2021. Now the airline is extending a 50% bonus of elite qualifying miles for all flights taken through the end of this year. This will be welcome news for those stocking up on miles for future flight redemption, and even better news for guests seeking elite status for the first time.
Considering MVP status only requires 20,000 elite qualifying miles, this bonus can help flyers get there fast.
A round-trip flight SEA to LAS, which usually would earn 1,732 miles, will now earn flyers 2,598 miles. Or a roun-dtrip flight SEA to JFK, normally earning 4,842 miles, will now add up to 7,263 miles. The mileage boost is an automatic benefit and there is no need to register for this special, limited time offer.
For the first time ever, Alaska Airlines is also providing an elite qualifying benefit for Alaska Airlines Visa cardholders. This promotion recognizes how air travel has not yet returned to usual levels and offers mileage benefits for simply using the Alaska Airlines Visa for everyday spending. It’s now possible this year to reach elite Mileage Plan status without adding more flights to the year.
Alaska Airlines Visa cardholders can earn 2,500 elite qualifying miles for every $5,000 spent on everyday purchases made between June 1 through Sept 30, 2020. The maximum earning benefit is 10,000 elite qualifying miles per cardholder.
Alaska Airlines Visa cardholders will also receive a double mileage benefit for qualifying restaurant charges, including delivery services, now through July 31, 2020. The benefit caps at $1,500, but that could translate into earning 3,000 Mileage Plan miles.
If you don’t yet have the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card, now is a great time to apply and maximize these additional elite qualifying opportunities. Cardholder benefits always include a free checked bag for the primary cardholder and up to six accompanying guests, three miles earned on flights with the airline, no foreign transaction fees, and much more. The most notable cardholder benefit is the Alaska Companion Fare, providing cardholders the ability to bring a guest along for one flight per year for $99 base fare plus taxes and fees. New cardholders will also receive 40,000 bonus miles and a $100 statement credit after approval.
“We are thankful to our loyal guests for their support during this unprecedented time,” said Ryan Butz, Alaska’s managing director of loyalty. “In addition to continuing to offer flexibility and assurance when booking flights, members can now earn miles and status when using our Alaska Airlines Visa credit card. We look forward to seeing our guests onboard when the time is right and hope this promotion can aid local restaurants and economies.”