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The merger between Alaska and Virgin America has been one of the smoothest integrations we've seen. If you haven't already, you can transfer your Virgin America Elevate points to Alaska, and it is very quick.
How It Works
The process is simple enough and is handled internally through points.com since they manage both Alaska Mileage and Virgin Elevate transfers. The key terms of the transfers are as follows:
- As of January 9, 2017, you can transfer Virgin Elevate points to Alaska Mileage Plan miles
- The transfer will be done at a ratio of 1 Elevate point to 1.3 Alaska Mileage Plan miles
- Virgin Elevate Elite members will also have their Elite status matched by Alaska Airlines.
If you want to transfer your Elevate points to Alaska miles, all you need to do is head over to the Alaska/Virgin transfer page. The page will prompt you to sign in with your Virgin Elevate credentials.
Once you have signed in and selected the option to turn your points into Alaska miles, you will be prompted to use a slider to choose how many points you want to transfer. The exchange rate of 1 to 1.3 is hard coded into the transfer, and you will be able to see exactly how many Alaska miles you will receive for the number of Elevate points you have selected.
At this point, if you have not linked your Alaska Mileage account already, you will be prompted to do so by entering your Alaska Mileage number and name. You will then be taken to a transaction summary page showing the points transfer details, and your new Alaska Mileage balance.
The transfer is almost instantaneous, within minutes you should receive an email confirming the transaction is in process, and one confirming the transaction is complete.
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