Alaska Airlines’ Awesome Million Miler Bag Tags

Alaska Airlines’ Awesome Million Miler Bag Tags

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Over the years, we’ve seen airlines offer luggage tags to elite flyers as a reward for their loyalty. Alaska Airlines is now introducing luggage tags for its loyalest flyers, and they’re pretty special…

Alaska Airlines’ luggage tags made of aircraft fuselage

Alaska Airlines has partnered with PlaneTags to gift special luggage tags to million miler flyers. These aren’t just any luggage tags, but rather they’re hand-cut from the fuselage of vintage Alaska aircraft that have been retired from the fleet.

These will be offered to all Alaska million milers — both current and future — as they’ll receive a one-time code to redeem for a luggage tag, which will be engraved and personalized with their name.

Alaska Airlines has new luggage tags for million milers

Alaska’s two million milers will get an especially awesome tag. I’ll just copy and paste, since this is pretty cool:

Two million milers get a particularly exceptional tag: They’re hand-cut from an Alaska Golden-nugget era jet. (It’s still being designed.) This Convair CV-240, N51331, was delivered to American Airlines as NC94238 in June 1948. It then spent a short time with TOA Airways as JA5110 before being delivered to Cordova Airlines in May 1965. During the merger of Alaska Airlines and Cordova in 1967, this aircraft became part of our historic “Golden Nugget Service.” Paying tribute to the 1890s gold rush in Alaska, the Nugget Service would also usher in the ‘jet age’ for Alaska and start the legacy that has been cemented today. 

The airline plans to create additional bag tags over time as new materials become available, including sections from an upcoming freighter conversion.

Alaska Airlines is making luggage tags from old planes

For each new series of tags, the airline will set aside a number of them for aviation enthusiasts who want their own piece of aviation history, and they can be purchased through the PlaneTags website.

Alaska Airlines has hugely improved its million miler program

These luggage tags are a cute initiative on Alaska Airlines’ part, and I’m sure among Alaska frequent flyers, these will become quite the “brag tags.” What’s even cooler, though, is how greatly Alaska has improved its million miler program.

The program has made million miler status so much more generous than before, both in terms of the elevated status that it gets you, the ability to nominate a companion to status, and even upgrade priority over other elite members in the same tier. This is exactly what million miler status should look like, so it’s refreshing to see these changes.

I’m sure that’s appreciated by members even more than these bag tags… though these sure are a fun holiday surprise!

Bottom line

Alaska Airlines is rolling out new bag tags for million miler members. Both current and future million miler members will get bag tags made from aircraft parts. Two million miler members will even get bag tags made from the Convair CV-240, which is ridiculously cool.

What do you make of Alaska’s new bag tags?

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  1. Brianair Guest

    I’d be much happier about this had they not used former Virgin America planes to make these. Still kind of salty about Alaska especially considering they basically haven’t done anything in SFO to make up for that loss. Are the only planes they’ve used to make these tags former Virgin America ones? No Alaska 737-400s or 737-700s?

  2. polarbear Gold

    Interesting they chose a (pretty young) A319 which came from Virgin America to make these tags. I realize this was not the main consideration - but not quite the spirit of Alaska...

  3. Fordamist LeDearn Guest

    and, back in the day, Delta gave Million Milers lifetime access to the Crown Room ... I may be the only one here old enough to remember that ... day ...

  4. VladG Gold

    Unpopular opinion - luggage tags (especially when placed on backpacks and hand baggage) are the cringiest thing imaginable. It screams DYKWIA.

  5. Dick Bupkiss Guest

    Alaska Airlines is now introducing luggage tags for its loyalest flyers...

    But not for professional blog writers who speak the bestest English.

  6. YULtide Gold

    OK, this is an excellent perk for MM status, and nerdy as hell in a good way.

    As an Air Canada million miler, I do have it emblazoned on my annual luggage tags and got a nice model 787 with my name on it, but these tags are next level. Here's hoping Air Canada is watching.

    Meantime, I'll make do with a tag I picked up a few months ago made from a piece of an AC A320 I flew on twice in 2019.

  7. MurrayF Member

    Thanks Ben . I went to the plane tags site and brought my self a F4 Phantom tag. They also had SR71 Blackbird ones and B29, F16, F14 . wow never heard of that site before. I am feeling pretty happy right now thanks to you. Merry Christmas

    1. Mark Guest

      No commercial jets, the Luftwaffe were flying them during WWII.

  8. Andrew Diamond

    Meanwhile, in AA, when you get a million miles, you get a bottle of piss and card printed with toner set to 10%. Exhilarating benefits to match.

    1. IrishAlan Diamond

      They also specially block off the galley with a contraption made from seat belts so that they can celebrate you from afar! AA loves customers almost as much as Comcast does.

    2. Al Percolo Guest

      I don’t even think AA puts your MM status on your virtual card on the app , so you can forget about any real recognition. AA MM program has become laughable.

  9. Robert C. Powell Guest

    What an excellent gesture. Looking forward to obtaining mine. Would be fascinating if there were a website advising what part of the aircraft your tag hails from.

  10. B Brown Guest

    My Comment is: they give million milers this tag. Most of those people pieced their miles together over 20 or more years. However the true “Road warriors” (like myself) that are 75K, 100K and more don’t get crap. They discontinued the 75K tags years ago as well as the elite cards (MVP and above)–supposedly to reduce the use of plastic – even though they still have the same vendor to make crew tags.
    I...

    My Comment is: they give million milers this tag. Most of those people pieced their miles together over 20 or more years. However the true “Road warriors” (like myself) that are 75K, 100K and more don’t get crap. They discontinued the 75K tags years ago as well as the elite cards (MVP and above)–supposedly to reduce the use of plastic – even though they still have the same vendor to make crew tags.
    I can’t wait for the backlash of this to the mega elites. Within 48 hours you will hear something.

  11. D3kingg Guest

    I didn’t do DFW AKL this year my dad went to the hospital. That’s a lot of million miles right there. It adds up. I still did 100k+ this year. Dfw Syd. Syd lax. Jfk gru. Gru Jfk. Lax hnd 2X. Phl zrh. Dfw fra. Iah lax koa. Jfk lax 2x. Iah lhr BOM. Bom DOH JFK. I had a monster year. Q Suites was on point. I’d say close to Emirates F . QF Y was surprisingly good on the 789.

    1. BenjaminGuttery Diamond

      I'm so confused....

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Al Percolo Guest

I don’t even think AA puts your MM status on your virtual card on the app , so you can forget about any real recognition. AA MM program has become laughable.

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IrishAlan Diamond

They also specially block off the galley with a contraption made from seat belts so that they can celebrate you from afar! AA loves customers almost as much as Comcast does.

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Andrew Diamond

Meanwhile, in AA, when you get a million miles, you get a bottle of piss and card printed with toner set to 10%. Exhilarating benefits to match.

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