Alaska Airlines has just launched a generous promotion for Mileage Plan members, which will make travel in February 2024 more rewarding.
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Alaska Mileage Plan offering 2-3x elite miles
Between February 1 and February 29, 2024, Alaska Mileage Plan will be offering bonus elite qualifying miles (EQMs). There’s no registration required, but rather members will automatically earn the following:
- All Mileage Plan members will earn 2x Mileage Plan elite qualifying miles
- Mileage Plan members booking fares with corporate rates will earn 3x Mileage Plan elite qualifying miles
In order to take advantage of this, you must be flying on Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air, so travel on partner airlines doesn’t qualify. Furthermore, Saver Fares aren’t eligible for the bonus elite qualifying miles.
As a reminder, here are the Alaska Mileage Plan elite requirements:
- Mileage Plan MVP status requires 20,000 elite qualifying miles
- Mileage Plan MVP Gold status requires 40,000 elite qualifying miles
- Mileage Plan MVP Gold 75K status requires 75,000 elite qualifying miles
- Mileage Plan MVP Gold 100K status requires 100,000 elite qualifying miles
This is obviously in response to the 737 MAX 9 grounding
It’s not tough to figure out Alaska Airlines’ motive here. The airline has had a really rough start to the year, given that Boeing 737 MAX 9s were grounded for most of January, after a door plug blew off shortly after a plane departed Portland.
Alaska Airlines has 65 Boeing 737 MAX 9s, so the plane makes up more than 20% of Alaska’s mainline fleet (and an even higher percentage of overall capacity).
So not only has Alaska had a tough start in terms of capacity, but there’s also definitely concern among some with flying the 737 MAX 9, so it’s not surprising to see Alaska trying to stimulate demand.
Alaska Mileage Plan continues to be an incredibly lucrative program, so if you have any travel in February, it’s going to be quite rewarding. It’s also interesting to note that Delta has been adding promotions in the Pacific Northwest, clearly to poach Alaska flyers. The airline has been offering bonus Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) for travel to and from the region. Obviously Delta was taking advantage of the fact that the airline doesn’t fly any 737 MAXs.
Alaska Mileage Plan will be offering double to triple elite qualifying miles for the month of February 2024. There’s no registration required, and all revenue Alaska tickets except Saver Fares will qualify toward this. This is a great opportunity, especially if you’re a corporate traveler.