Sunday, December 12, 2021

Alaska Airlines Status Seekers

It just so happened we flew a lot during the first three months of 2020 before the world shut down.

Once we'd been fully vaccinated in early 2021 (and feeling safer than perhaps we should have), we booked a number of cheap domestic trips on Alaska, including some paid First Class fares. 

We flew to Tampa, Reno (twice), New Orleans (twice), Raleigh, Fort Lauderdale, and Portland. We also flew to Barcelona on American using points (miles).

To attain MVP Gold 75K status, one has to fly 75,000 miles with a minimum of 6 Alaska segments.

To attain the new 100K status, one has to fly 100,000 miles with a minimum of 24 Alaska segments.

Since Alaska, like most other airlines and hotel chains, carried over everything earned in an account from 2020 to 2021, we have been credited a total of 121,500 status miles and 28 Alaska segments. 

We have thus reached Alaska's new top tier. Both 75K and 100K include oneWorld EMERALD status. The only tangible extra benefit for 100K at the moment appears to be one additional one-way international upgrade certificate on American Airlines. 

We'll hope the world will have returned to some semblance of normal that enables us to take advantage of our status in 2022.

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