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 Honors, Marriott 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 status, Delta 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.
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.
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.
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
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?