Today Alaska Airlines announced new enhancements to its award-winning Mileage Plan program. These changes will increase the number of miles earned by its highest-tier elite members and those customers who buy higher-priced tickets. Other changes are necessary so that Mileage Plan can continue to award miles based on the distance flown while some carriers transition to revenue-based models that consider the price of the ticket.
Sometimes you book a ticket at the last minute or decide to fly first class for a special occasion. When you do this on Alaska Airlines, the hard-earned money you spend will be rewarded. And if you’re the planner, someone who books travel far in advance and would never consider flying first class, Alaska is keeping you whole – a mile flown is a mile earned. It’s that simple.
New Tier Bonus for MVP Gold 75K Members
Alaska Airlines already offers some of the most generous tier bonuses to provide its customers with more miles each time they fly. MVP members who fly 20,000 miles on Alaska Airlines earn 50 percent more miles every time they fly. MVP Gold members who fly just 40,000 miles on Alaska Airlines a year, earn twice as many miles.
Beginning January 1, 2015, Mileage Plan will offer its top-tier MVP Gold 75K members a 125 percent bonus on flight miles for travel on Alaska and all its partners, up from the current 100 percent bonus.
MVP Gold 75K members will continue to earn an additional 50,000 miles each year they requalify. Taking both bonuses into account, an MVP Gold 75K member who flies 75,000 miles on Alaska Airlines will earn at least 218,750 award miles – enough miles for five round-trip tickets to Hawaii.
New Fare Class Bonuses
Travelers who purchase more expensive fares often earn more miles and elite qualifying miles through fare class bonuses. These are in addition to any tier bonuses that come with elite status.
Currently, Mileage Plan members can earn 50 percent more miles and elite qualifying miles when they book full-fare or discounted first class tickets in the F and P fare classes. They can also earn 25 percent more miles when they book full-fare economy class tickets in the Y fare class.
Beginning January 1, 2015, these fare class bonuses will be increased and additional fare class bonuses will be added, helping Alaska’s members earn elite status — and a reward trip — faster than ever before.
Fare class bonuses will increase for full-fare tickets in first class and economy. New bonuses of 25 percent to 50 percent will be added for discounted S, B, and M fare classes in economy.
Mileage Plan miles earned on Alaska flights
|Class||Current Bonus||Beginning Jan. 1, 2015|
|F (first class)||50 percent||75 percent|
|P (non-refundable first class)||50 percent||75 percent|
|Y (refundable coach)||25 percent||50 percent|
|Elite Member – MVP Gold 75K||100 percent||125 percent|
Don’t forget! While extra miles are always great, Mileage Plan members with elite status can also request an immediate upgrade — when available — to the first class cabin after booking a Y, S, or B fare (some members may also upgrade M and H fares). This benefit is in addition to complimentary upgrades elite fliers can enjoy near departure.
New Rules for Earning Miles with Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines is one of Alaska’s many elite-qualifying partner airlines, meaning you can credit flights on Delta-operated and –marketed flights to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and continue to earn elite-qualifying miles and award miles. The new Delta SkyMiles program for 2015 is changing the way it awards miles for travel on Delta Air Lines, determining the number of award miles based on the price of a ticket.
Mileage Plan members will continue to earn miles based on the distance flown when they credit Delta-operated and –marketed flights to Alaska’s Mileage Plan. However, to accommodate the coming changes to SkyMiles, some fares will earn more or fewer miles than before. Beginning on January 1, 2015, the following miles accrual tables will apply:
Mileage Plan miles earned on Delta Air Lines flights
|Cabin||Class of service||Current earning||Earning effective Jan. 1, 2015|
|First||F, P||150 percent of miles flown||200 percent of miles flown|
|First||A||150 percent of miles flown||175 percent of miles flown|
|First||G||150 percent of miles flown||125 percent of miles flown|
|Business||J, C||125 percent of miles flown||175 percent of miles flown|
|Business||D, I||125 percent of miles flown||150 percent of miles flown|
|Business||Z||125 percent of miles flown||125 percent of miles flown|
|Economy||Y||100 percent of miles flown||125 percent of miles flown|
|Economy||B, M, S||100 percent of miles flown||100 percent of miles flown|
|Economy||H, Q, K||100 percent of miles flown||75 percent of miles flown|
|Economy||L, U, T, X, V||100 percent of miles flown||50 percent of miles flown|
|Economy||E||100 percent of miles flown||25 percent of miles flown|
The Bottom Line
While other airlines move to revenue-based programs that have the potential of diluting the rewards earned for the average passenger, Alaska continues to offer the same great mileage-based plan. Alaska’s also recognizing the customers who spend a little extra by providing a little something extra in return. With more miles you’ll be that much closer to your next vacation or a more comfortable seat up front.
There’s never been a better time to be an Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan member.
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