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Alaska Airlines is offering two promotions to earn elite-qualifying miles toward Mileage Plan elite status. The newest is a promotion to earn bonus elite-qualifying miles on flights within California through November 15, 2023. This is in addition to an ongoing promotion to earn unlimited elite-qualifying miles (EQMs) with credit card spending through November 30, 2023.
These promotions for elite-qualifying miles are best for those looking to switch their loyalty to Alaska or earn a higher level of Mileage Plan elite status. Some of these promotions are targeted, so check the registration links to see if you've been selected. Here's how the offers work and whether they're worth pursuing.
Double Elite Qualifying Miles on Flights in California
Alaska Mileage Plan members can earn double elite-qualifying miles on flights within California. This is a pretty limited offer, but those in the area might love it. First, you'll need to register for this promotion by October 31, 2023. After registering, you'll earn double elite-qualifying miles on flights within California between August 15 and November 15, 2023. This promotion is not valid on free or award travel, nor is it valid on saver fares booked in X class.
Bonus EQMs earned with this promotion are only valid for elite status qualifications. You won't earn double redeemable miles (those you use for award flights).
Consult the route map to see where Alaska Airlines flies within California. And remember that the flight period lasts until November 15.
Earn Bonus Alaska EQMs From Credit Card Spending
Those with the Alaska Airlines Visa® credit card and Alaska Airlines Visa® Business card can earn bonus elite miles through credit card spending. These are the important details:
- Register for this promotion before October 31, 2023.
- Earn 2,000 EQMs for every $10,000 spent using an Alaska Visa Card or Alaska Business Card.
- Valid on all purchases through November 30, 2023.
- Unlike previous promotions, Alaska isn't limiting the number of bonus elite miles you can earn.
- Spending excludes any fees (including the annual fee), returns, and adjustments.
- Spending across multiple cards linked to the same Alaska account is combined to reach the $10,000 threshold.
- Bonus EQMs won't show on your credit card statement but will post directly to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan accounts within 8–12 weeks after qualifying.
Alaska Elite Status Requirements and Benefits
Alaska offers four tiers of Mileage Plan elite status: MVP, MVP Gold, MVP Gold 75K, and MVP Gold 100K. Travelers can earn Alaska elite status in one of two ways:
- Earning a set number of elite-qualifying miles on Alaska Airlines (20k, 40k, 75k, and 100k, respectively).
- Flying a certain number of qualifying segments (30, 60, 90, and 140, respectively).
Either way, you'll also need to fly a minimum number of flight segments on Alaska flights to qualify for status — ranging from 2 flights for MVP to 24 segments for MVP Gold 100K
Alaska elite benefits vary based on each tier but include perks like bonus points, first-class upgrades, preferred seating, priority check-in, and priority boarding.
Remember that Alaska joined the Oneworld alliance in 2021. This means that scoring Alaska elite status will qualify you for Oneworld benefits when flying on airlines like American Airlines, British Airways, Qatar Airways, and more.
The promotion to earn double EQMs on flights in California is quite restricted, due to the flight paths. However, the Golden State is huge, and taking that trip to Mendocino or San Diego from the opposite side of the state would be a great way to earn some extra EQMs. I've driven those routes more times than I can count, and I know the value of flying instead. Then again, I do love cruising on the PCH.
The Alaska Visa Card and Alaska Business Card usually aren't the best cards to use for everyday purchases, providing only 1 mile per $1 spent on daily purchases. However, opening an Alaska credit card to earn bonus miles from spending during this promotion could make sense if you need a boost to your status plans this year.
If you're not already a member, you can sign up for the Mileage Plan program here. Then, add your Alaska Mileage Plan account to your AwardWallet account here. AwardWallet will help you track your mileage balance, elite status tier, and Alaska Mileage Plan expiration date. Plus, you can log into your Alaska account with just one click.
Do you plan to take advantage of this new Alaska Airlines promotion in California? Or is it too niche to help your quest for status?
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