Guide To Alaska Mileage Plan Lifetime Million Miler Status

Guide To Alaska Mileage Plan Lifetime Million Miler Status

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Many travel loyalty programs offer the ability to earn lifetime elite status. Ordinarily elite status has to be earned on an annual basis, so it sure is nice to be able to not worry about requalifying for status anymore.

I’ve written in the past about lifetime hotel elite status, including with Hilton HonorsMarriott Bonvoy, and World of Hyatt. Now I’m taking a look at the lifetime status tiers offered by major airlines in the United States.

I’ve written about American AAdvantage lifetime statusDelta SkyMiles lifetime status, and United MileagePlus lifetime status, so now let’s take a look at Alaska Mileage Plan lifetime status. While Alaska Airlines isn’t as global as the “big three” US carriers, the airline is in the oneworld alliance, and also has a lucrative loyalty program.

How to earn Alaska Mileage Plan lifetime status

Alaska Mileage Plan’s million miler program is rewarding, though earning lifetime status can be challenging. That’s because only “butt-in-seat” revenue miles on Alaska Airlines count towards lifetime status, so this requires a lot of commitment and loyalty. Alaska Airlines has two lifetime status thresholds, so let’s go over the details of those.

Only flown miles on Alaska count towards million miler status

Lifetime Alaska MVP Gold status (one million miler)

Those who earn one million miler status with Alaska Airlines receive MVP Gold status for life. MVP Gold is Alaska’s mid-tier elite status, so that’s a pretty valuable threshold, especially since it also offers oneworld Sapphire status.

In addition to the status, you’ll be able to select a one-time gift from a custom catalog, which will be emailed to you upon earning the status.

Lifetime Alaska MVP Gold 75K status (two million miler)

Those who earn two million miler status with Alaska Airlines receive MVP Gold 75K status for life. MVP Gold 75K has historically been Alaska’s top-tier status, though as of 2022 the airline is introducing MVP Gold 100K status. Alaska MVP Gold 75K status comes with oneworld Emerald status, which is my favorite alliance elite tier.

Earn lifetime MVP Gold 75K status with Alaska

Alaska Mileage Plan lifetime status FAQs

While the above covers the basics of Alaska’s million miler program, let me answer some of the questions people may have about the program.

What counts towards Alaska million miler status?

Only paid, “butt-in-seat” miles on Alaska Airlines count towards million miler status. Flights on partner airlines, class of service bonuses, award flights, etc., all don’t count towards lifetime status.

Can you earn lifetime Alaska status with credit card spending?

Nope, you can earn lifetime status exclusively through how many miles you fly on Alaska Airlines. Spending on Alaska’s co-branded credit cards doesn’t count towards lifetime status.

How can you track your Alaska million miler status progress?

When you log into your Mileage Plan account just scroll down, and you’ll see a section that shows your lifetime Alaska miles, which would be the miles that count towards million miler status.

Do Alaska million miler miles expire?

Miles towards million miler status will continue to accrue over the lifetime of your account. Unlike elite qualifying miles, they don’t reset each calendar year.

Also keep in mind that miles towards million miler status are completely separate from redeemable miles, as you can’t use million miler miles towards anything. It’s simply a tally of how many total miles you’ve flown on Alaska Airlines over the years.

Can you earn lifetime MVP Gold 100K status?

Alaska Airlines is introducing a new top-tier MVP Gold 100K status as of 2022. As of now there’s no way to earn lifetime MVP Gold 100K status. We’ll have to stay tuned, because I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s eventually offered to three million milers.

What are the benefits of Alaska MVP Gold & MVP Gold 75K status?

What are the benefits of Alaska Airlines elite status? Some of the most popular benefits of Alaska MVP Gold status include:

  • Complimentary upgrades to first class up to 72 hours before departure, including for companions
  • Complimentary upgrades to Premium Class up to 72 hours before departure, including for companions
  • Priority check-in, boarding, and security
  • Two complimentary checked bags
  • A 100% mileage bonus
  • oneworld Sapphire status

Some of the most popular benefits of Alaska MVP Gold 75K status include:

  • Complimentary upgrades to first class up to 120 hours before departure, including for companions
  • Complimentary upgrades to Premium Class at time of booking, including for companions
  • Priority check-in, boarding, and security
  • Three complimentary checked bags
  • A 125% mileage bonus
  • A one-way American Airlines international upgrade certificate
  • oneworld Emerald status
Receive first class upgrades as an Alaska elite member

Bottom line

Alaska Airlines offers a lifetime status program, whereby you can receive MVP Gold status for flying one million miles on Alaska, and MVP Gold 75K status for flying two million miles on Alaska. The Mileage Plan lifetime status program is both rewarding and difficult to earn, given that the only metric for qualifying is miles flown on Alaska.

Are any OMAAT readers Alaska Airlines million mile flyers?

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  1. Mrao Guest

    1.7M miles lifetime. I dont think I will get to the 2M miles. I LOVE ALASKA

  2. Nazilam Guest

    My spouse and I are Million Milers. It was fun to be on her qualifying flight. It was more festive than mine. Looking forward to the next 900000 to 2 MM. Covid is slowing down attaining LT 75k status, but we’ll get there in nine to ten years.

  3. RovinMoses Guest

    After flying Alaska since 1969 (53 years!!), I only have 585,000 miles in spite of hundreds of thousands of miles on their partners. Wouldn't it be nice if they recognized us small people with lifetime MVP for 500,000 miles? Only reason is to score exit row seats which is pretty nice for us old folks. I used to travel between BOI & PDX several times a month and was loyal to AS even when there...

    After flying Alaska since 1969 (53 years!!), I only have 585,000 miles in spite of hundreds of thousands of miles on their partners. Wouldn't it be nice if they recognized us small people with lifetime MVP for 500,000 miles? Only reason is to score exit row seats which is pretty nice for us old folks. I used to travel between BOI & PDX several times a month and was loyal to AS even when there were other options. However, you don't rack up many miles that way, but I appreciated Gold while I had it for seven years and had a fistful of upgrade coupons. The days of scoring upgrades (remember partner upgrades on Delta & NWA) is pretty much gone.

  4. Glenn A Goddard Guest

    The wife and I have both passed the 800K mark and looking forward to Million Miler status in a few years. I am trying to arrange it so that we both pass 1,000,000 on the same flight!

    1. PJ w-B Guest

      Recently reached my Million Miler status 2021 which was to be reached in 2020. Covid interrupted the flow. I’m a committed Alaska costumer; for me and my business, the flexibility to make changes without fees made it a win-win situation. Over the years I also (seat time) secured 500,000 on Delta it would be nice if there could be combo! I’d be on to my way towards 2nd MMer.

  5. jnrfalcon Guest

    Fee waiver is another huge reason especially for award trip planning. But at just 40k a year, I'm not getting there until I'm almost retiring age... Also there's no long distance internal MR opportunity with Alaska makes it a lot harder to reach million miler...

  6. Jonathan New Member

    75K offers 125% bonus miles, not 150%

  7. Joe Guest

    Hi Ben - would be helpful to note that Virgin America BIS miles were supposed to count towards these thresholds but have yet to be implemented and seems unlikely to happen. A real shame for former Virgin America flyers...

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Mrao Guest

1.7M miles lifetime. I dont think I will get to the 2M miles. I LOVE ALASKA

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PJ w-B Guest

Recently reached my Million Miler status 2021 which was to be reached in 2020. Covid interrupted the flow. I’m a committed Alaska costumer; for me and my business, the flexibility to make changes without fees made it a win-win situation. Over the years I also (seat time) secured 500,000 on Delta it would be nice if there could be combo! I’d be on to my way towards 2nd MMer.

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Nazilam Guest

My spouse and I are Million Milers. It was fun to be on her qualifying flight. It was more festive than mine. Looking forward to the next 900000 to 2 MM. Covid is slowing down attaining LT 75k status, but we’ll get there in nine to ten years.

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