Alaska Airlines’ 2023 Elite Status Fast Track Promo

Alaska Airlines’ 2023 Elite Status Fast Track Promo

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For the first couple of years of the pandemic, we saw most major airline loyalty programs extend elite status regardless of activity. We’re not seeing many elite status extensions in 2022, though I imagine we’re going to see quite a few status challenge opportunities for existing elite members to requalify for status in early 2023.

We’ve just seen such a promotion rolled out from Alaska Mileage Plan, so let’s take a look at the details.

Alaska Mileage Plan offers second chance at elite status

Alaska Mileage Plan has announced a 2023 status fast track promotion, for those who held status in 2022, but were unable to requalify. To earn back your status through December 31, 2023, you need to earn the following number of base flight miles between January 13 and April 13, 2023:

  • MVP members — 5,000 miles
  • MVP Gold members — 10,000 miles
  • MVP Gold 75K members — 20,000 miles
Alaska Airlines elite status fast track promo

As you’d expect, there are some terms to be aware of:

  • This is only valid for those who had MVP, MVP Gold, or MVP Gold 75K status, as of January 1, 2022
  • Members who were participating in a status match challenge on January 1, 2022, and did not retain the status, are not eligible
  • Miles eligible for this offer include base miles earned on Alaska flights, as well as base miles earned on eligible partner flights
  • A minimum of two segments must be flown on Alaska marketed and operated flights
  • Award travel and bonus miles are not eligible base flight miles
  • Members who receive MVP Gold 75K status as part of this offer aren’t eligible for the 50,000 bonus miles, or American Airlines systemwide upgrades ordinarily associated with the status
Maintain your Alaska elite status with this promo

My take on this Alaska elite status fast track promo

This promotion doesn’t come as a surprise. Alaska Airlines recently held a forum for frequent flyers, and during that it was disclosed that an offer like this would be coming in early 2023, for those who didn’t requalify. It’s interesting to see the details revealed before the year is even over.

With this offer, you can essentially maintain your status for a further year by earning roughly one-quarter of the standard elite requirements over the course of three months. The exception is that there’s no way to earn MVP Gold 100K status with this offer.

Standard Alaska Mileage Plan elite requirements

As you might expect, people are in one of two camps when it comes to offers like this:

  • Those who didn’t requalify are probably happy that there’s a fairly easy way they can maintain their status
  • Those who did requalify aren’t fans of offers like this, given the extent to which elite ranks have been swelled during the pandemic; with upgrades being one of the primary benefits of having elite status, it very much is a zero sum game, since the more elite members there are, the more competition there is for upgrades
Some will appreciate this promo, while others won’t

Bottom line

Alaska Mileage Plan has announced the details of its 2023 elite status fast track offer. With this, elite members who didn’t requalify for status in 2022 can maintain their status by flying a certain number of miles over a three month period in the spring.

This is a generous offer that makes it easy to maintain Mileage Plan status. Whether that’s a good or bad thing depends on who you ask.

What do you make of this Alaska status fast track promotion?

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  1. M.Annoyed Guest

    I’m so annoyed that I came up short by around 3,000 miles.. simply because AlaskaAir failed to register several partner flights and it apparently takes around 8 weeks to process this manually.

  2. AS fan Guest

    Lucky, can you obtain a higher status than you had before so long as you meet the fasttrack requirement, e.g if you were MVP last year, can you get MVP Gold so long as accrue enough miles during the period?

  3. Mel 100k Guest

    So, will 100k elites be awarded 75 gold by flying 20,000?

  4. AS-AA Guest

    I’d be more impressed if they would count the money that I spend using my Alaska Airlines credit card to count toward status… Just like the American Aadvantage cards.

  5. Michael McKee Guest

    A seemingly natural way to alleviate some of the 75k member concerns is to add an additional sort order criteria to the upgrade waitlist(s). In between the tier and fare class add an additional prioritization for organic vs. promo members of that mileage tier.

  6. Carl New Member

    I would prefer that they shut down these easy requalification paths. The ranks of elites got too big, let them find a natural earned equilibrium. Otherwise it dilutes people who earned the status the authentic way, by flying the required miles

  7. Susakajo Guest

    2022 was my first year in a decade not to earn MVPG (due to health issues). I will definitely use the fast track option & appreciate it! I am surprised that it can be earned via flights on partners like AA though. I’m more concerned about the giveaways for hotel elite status.

    1. John Smith Guest

      Frustrating as a current 100k who will end up <10k shy of retaining that status. Will now be part of a much larger pool of 75k's. Frankly, I was upgraded more frequently on AA in 2022 and their service has improved dramatically. As much as I've enjoyed flying with Alaska it may be time to consider a status match.

  8. Ghostrider5408 Guest

    Sad to see the current management team "selling out" status while I agree the normal bonuses do not come with this plan upgrades do and that is what we long time flyers worked for. Like the old E. F. Hutton commercial once said " you have to earn it"

  9. flyinryan Guest

    Interesting - seems like this is not restricted to AS metal only? As in, one can fly AA or JL or whatever and credit to AS to earn the EQM before April 13. Historically, promos like this have been on company metal only.

  10. Ocean Guest

    Alaska has a status challenge only for California residents to earn either MVP or MVP Gold. 2 round-trips for MVP and 4 round-trips for MVP Gold on specific nonstop routes.

  11. LEGALIZE ALL DRUGS Guest

    They should rebrand as Seattle Airlines.

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M.Annoyed Guest

I’m so annoyed that I came up short by around 3,000 miles.. simply because AlaskaAir failed to register several partner flights and it apparently takes around 8 weeks to process this manually.

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AS fan Guest

Lucky, can you obtain a higher status than you had before so long as you meet the fasttrack requirement, e.g if you were MVP last year, can you get MVP Gold so long as accrue enough miles during the period?

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Mel 100k Guest

So, will 100k elites be awarded 75 gold by flying 20,000?

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