Yesterday many Alaska MileagePlan members reported receiving 10,000 bonus miles in their account. While some people didn’t receive anything, it appears that they will. Per The Points Guy, Alaska Airlines has confirmed that every person with an active Alaska MileagePlan and Virgin Elevate account as of December 5, 2016 will receive the 10,000 mile gift.
We understand that many Mileage Plan members have questions about a surprise 10,000 mile gift that started appearing in some accounts last night, and we wanted to help put some of the mystery to rest. We can’t wait to show members of both programs what more to love looks like with Alaska Mileage Plan, and decided to kick things off with a 10,000 mile bonus award to thank our guests who have been loyal members of both Elevate and Mileage Plan. The gift process is expected to be completed over the course of next couple of days, and eligible members — which includes guests who were active in both Elevate and Mileage Plan as of December 5, 2016 — should look for an email from Mileage Plan later this week. Elevate members who don’t have a Mileage Plan account will be invited to activate one, along with details about their own special welcome offer, how to convert points, and status matching. For now, please sit tight, and we’ll be sharing more information about what members have to look forward to in the next couple of days.
While this is not confirmed, many Virgin Elevate members who sign-up for Alaska MileagePlan are being offered 10,000 miles or a $100 credit as well. It appears that everyone wins.
In addition to the above gifts, Alaska Airlines has now opened up points transfers from Virgin America Elevate. As a reminder, 1 Elevate point = 1.3 Alaska Airlines miles. You can convert your points here. Note, that points can only be transferred in one direction (Virgin to Alaska) and cannot be converted back.
Finally, Virgin America award space now shows on the Alaska Airlines website and is bookable with Alaska miles. According to VM on Twitter, intra-California flights are 7.5K each way, domestic flights are 12.5K each way and Hawaii flights are 20K each way. First class awards are double the cost of economy.