Alaska offering 50% bonus elite miles
Alaska Mileage Plan is offering 50% bonus elite qualifying miles for upcoming flights:
- This is valid for flights between June 1 and December 31, 2020 (regardless of when they were booked)
- Only Alaska Airlines flights are eligible for the bonus, and not flights on partner airlines
- There’s no registration required for this offer
Alaska Mileage Plan had already announced a few weeks ago that all Mileage Plan status will be extended by a year. Alaska started offering 50% bonus elite miles a few months ago, and this is an extension of that. They’re essentially making it at least one third easier to earn status this year.
The number of elite miles required for Alaska Mileage Plan status varies based on whether you exclusively travel on Alaska, or whether you also travel on partner airlines. Here are the thresholds:
Alaska offering elite miles with credit card spending
- Earn 2,500 elite qualifying miles for every $5,000 spent on purchases between June 1 and September 30, 2020
- Earn at most 10,000 elite qualifying miles (which you’d get for $20,000 worth of spending)
Earning a half EQM per dollar spent on an Alaska Card (in the right increments) could be a worthwhile offer if going for status. However, it’s not of much value to existing elite members who aren’t aiming for higher status, since status is already being extended.
Earn 2x Alaska miles at restaurants
Those with the Alaska Visa Personal Card can earn two miles per dollar spent at restaurants and take-out (including delivery services) from June 1 until July 31, 2020. There’s a limit of earning 2x miles on the first $1,500 spent.
That’s better than nothing, though there are still better credit cards for restaurant spending.
Alaska Mileage Plan is now making it easier to earn status through both flying and credit card spending. We knew they were going to do something to make it easier to earn status, so it’s not surprising to see these promotions.
Will any Alaska Mileage Plan loyalists take advantage of any of these opportunities?