Sunday, November 9, 2014

Status Matching for Fun and Profit (Kind of) on Alaska Airlines

We've flown quite a bit this year, but much of it has been on points. Our one paid international flight on United Airlines with grandson Jake resulted from a crazy Business Class sale.

No, everybody who knows us knows we haven't been at all happy with post-merger UA, especially after the way they reduced the "lifetime" benefits to pre-merger Million Mile Flyers like us.

A few weeks ago we applied for a status match with Alaska Airlines, a well-regarded outfit that flies out of BLI 20 minutes down the highway from us.

They responded with a match to their very top tier, MVP® Gold 75K.

We've always been impressed when we've flown AS, but we're going to get a little more serious about it, starting with our flight to Las Vegas today.

We received complimentary upgrades overnight to First for the SEA-LAS leg (we're already confirmed in F on our return).

To roughly paraphrase Rick in Casablanca, we think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

It may be tough to fly 75K miles on AS, or 90K on a combination of AS and its partners in one year to requalify, but in the meantime we'll enjoy the ride at least through the end of 2015.

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