Alaska Airlines: Earn MVP/MVP Gold After 2/4 Round Trip Flights

Alaska Airlines is offering a fast-track to MVP or MVP Gold status for Mileage Plan members living in some east and west coast cities when taking 2 or 4 round trip flights from coast to coast.

Alaska Airlines

The Deal

  • Earn MVP status after 2 round trips or MVP Gold status after 4 round trips on qualifying coast to coast flights.
  • Direct link to registration.

Key Terms

  • Registration required.
  • Valid on flights from March 6 to May 31, 2019.
  • Only Mileage Plan members in New York, California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, North Carolina, and Florida, as indicated by the address attached to their Mileage Plan account are eligible for this offer.
  • Between March 6 and May 31, 2019, fly nonstop on Alaska Airlines between the cities listed below and earn MVP status after 2 round trips (4 qualifying flights) or MVP Gold status after 4 round trips (8 qualifying flights):
    • Los Angeles (LAX) and Baltimore (BWI), Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), Washington-Dulles (IAD), or Washington-Reagan (DCA).
    • San Diego (SAN) and Baltimore (BWI), Boston (BOS), Newark (EWR), or Orlando (MCO).
    • San Francisco (SFO) and Baltimore (BWI), Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), Philadelphia (PHL), Raleigh (RDU), Washington-Dulles (IAD), or Washington-Reagan (DCA).
    • San Jose (SJC) and New York (JFK) or Newark (EWR).
    • New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), or San Jose (SJC).
    • Newark (EWR) and Los Angeles (LAX), San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFO), or San Jose (SJC).
    • Baltimore (BWI) and Los Angeles (LAX), San Diego (SAN), or San Francisco (SFO).
    • Boston (BOS) and Los Angeles (LAX), San Diego (SAN), or San Francisco (SFO).
    • Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO).
    • Orlando (MCO) and San Diego (SAN), or San Francisco (SFO).
    • Philadelphia (PHL) and Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO).
    • Washington-Dulles (IAD) and Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO).
    • Washington-Reagan (DCA) and Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO).
  • Mileage for qualifying flights must be credited to the member’s Mileage Plan account.
  • Not valid on free or award travel.
  • 2019 elite status will be awarded within four to six weeks of qualifying activity posting to a member’s account, and will be valid through December 31, 2019.

Quick Thoughts

This Coast To Elite status challenge is a great way to quickly earn status with Alaska Airlines as you’d normally need to fly these routes twice as many times in order to earn the respective status levels.

One of the terms is that the offer isn’t valid on free or award travel. That might mean that using a Companion Fare would qualify; if so, this challenge could be a good way for two people to earn Alaska status somewhat cheaply.

I’m currently seeing round trip flights from JFK to LAX from only $237 per person. If both of you have a Companion Fare, you’d both be able to earn MVP status when spending a total of ~$700. MVP status offers a 50% elite miles bonus, flight upgrades on qualifying fares, two free checked bags and more.

The residency and airport restrictions, plus having less than three months to take the flights, limits how useful this promotion will be for some people. If you live in one of the targeted states though, this could be a sweet deal.

h/t View From The Wing

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About Stephen Pepper

Stephen Pepper is on a 5 year, 50 state road trip with his wife Shae and their dog Truffles. Finding opportunities to earn miles and points is one of the ways they can afford to do this, so he'll try to help you do the same for your own travels.

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Does this count as using your once per lifetime status match with Alaska?


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