Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Elite Status Extension Due To COVID-19

Alaska Airlines today announced its Mileage Plan elite status and other policies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elite status is extended by 12 months, and elite miles earned January 1 – April 30 are rolled to 2021. Members that were in the process of completing a status match will have it automatically extended through the end of 2021, and lounge memberships by six months.

You can access Alaska’s page for COVID-19 here.

Here’s the entire email that Alaska sent out:

Conclusion

Alaska Airlines must be planning to offer reduced elite qualifying miles requirement to earn status between May 1 – December 31, 2020, because the miles earned January – April are just rolled over to 2021.

The airline is also hinting about other possibilities of earning status miles for its MVP and MVP Gold members that are announced at a later time.

Delta (read more here) United (read more here) and Air Canada (read more here) already announced their yearly long status extensions over the past three days. American Airlines is the only North American legacy left, not counting Southwest, that hasn’t published theirs yet.

Here are the frequently asked questions by Alaska:

Will you be extending elite status?

Yes! Your current Mileage Plan status will be extended through December 31, 2021. That status will unlock even more benefits as we inch closer to our oneworld® launch in summer 2021.

What about companion certificates?

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.

With the extension of my status through 2021, will all usual tier benefits apply?

All status benefits will apply, with the exception of the 50,000 bonus miles associated with earned 75K status. Look for more details in a few weeks with info on how 75K members can earn additional bonus miles for travel this year.

I don’t have elite status but was hoping to earn it this year. Will elite tier qualification requirements be adjusted for those trying to earn elite for the first time?

Tier qualification requirements are not being adjusted at this time, but look for more information over the coming weeks on ways you can earn additional elite-qualifying miles this year.

I signed up for a status match challenge, but due to business travel restrictions, wasn’t able to meet the challenge requirements. Am I out of luck?

Members who enrolled in a status match challenge between December 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 will have their trial status extended through the end of 2021.

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