Alaska extending elite status, following Delta’s lead

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Alaska Airlines extends elite status through end of 2021

Following Delta’s announcement on Sunday, we’ve now seen United and Alaska announce status extensions, among other accommodations, for its elite members.

Alaska is beginning to send emails announcing extensions to elite status through 2021, in addition to a couple other related updates. They’ve posted the full set of updates to their blog, which can be found here.

Details of the email are as follows:

  • All current status holders will have their elite status extended through December 31, 2021.
  • MVP and MVP Gold members will have additional opportunities in the coming months to earn more elite-qualifying miles in 2020.
  • MVP Gold 75K members will have additional opportunities to earn the annual 50,000 bonus miles reward.
  • All companion certificates set to expire in 2020 will be extended. You’ll now have until December 31, 2020 to purchase new travel through November 26, 2021.
  • Lounge pass purchases active as of April 1, 2020 will be extended 6 months.

What about elite qualifying miles earned in 2020?

All elite-qualifying miles (EQMs) earned between January 1 and April 30 will be rolled over to 2021. This will be a huge help to MileagePlan members who were planning to renew status for 2022. We were already about a third of the way there before we stopped traveling in March, so it’s great to see that those EQMs will roll over.

Status match updates

Finally, Alaska has also announced an extremely generous offer for members who started a status match challenge between December 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020. The challenge criteria for these members will be waived, and your matched status will be extended through December 31, 2021.

Bottom line

As MVP Gold 75K elites, we’re ecstatic about this announcement. Alaska continues to be a strong leader when it comes to customer friendly policies among all airlines. While this doesn’t come as a surprise, it does come as a bit of a relief so we don’t have to sit in limbo any longer.

Of course, nothing has been announced yet by American Airlines… (shocker?!) but we’ll keep you posted as we learn more. You can read the full details of today’s announcement on the Alaska blog.

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