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Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

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Membership Levels

The Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan consists of basic membership and the MVP Program. The MVP Program is divided into three classes: MVP, MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K. The program also includes Club 49, a special level for Alaska residents.

Basic Membership

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points

You can become a member of the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan after you sign up for free on the Alaska Airlines website. As a member, you will earn 1 mile per mile flown or 500 miles (whichever amount is greater). But remember, when you book a Saver fare (Alaska Airlines' basic economy option), you may not receive your seat assignment before check-in. You can redeem accrued miles with Alaska Airlines and 18 partner air carriers.

MVP

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points 
  • Free checked bags
  • Priority boarding/seating
  • Free cabin upgrades

To attain and maintain MVP status, you must accrue 20,000 miles on Alaska Airlines flights, or fly 25,000 miles or 30 flight segments on a combination of Alaska Airlines and elite-qualifying partner flights within a calendar year. As an MVP member, you will receive preferred seating and complimentary first- or premium-class upgrades on Alaska Airlines flights booked on alaskaair.com. Additionally, you will get priority check-in and boarding on Alaska Airlines flights, plus you and a companion on the same reservation can check two bags for free. What's more, you will receive a 50% earnings bonus on flights with Alaska Airlines and participating partners, as well as discounts on the airline's airport lounge membership and a dedicated phone line for reservations. However, you may not know your seat assignment until you check in if you book a Saver fare.

Keeping your MVP benefits requires requalifying annually. If you cannot meet minimum qualification requirements due to having a child, you may provide proof of pregnancy or parental leave to extend your MVP status for one year.

MVP Gold

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points 
  • Free checked bags
  • Priority boarding/seating
  • Free cabin upgrades
  • Expedited security
  • Lounge access

You will reach MVP Gold status after you have flown 40,000 miles on Alaska Airlines, or 50,000 miles or 60 flight segments on a combination of Alaska Airlines and elite-qualifying partner airlines within a calendar year. Along with the benefits awarded to MVP members, MVP Gold status grants you unlimited first- or premium-class upgrades for you and a companion on the same reservation, a complimentary premium beverage in the Main Cabin, and four first-class guest upgrade codes per year for family and friends not traveling with the Mileage Plus elite member. Plus, you'll earn a 100% earnings bonus on Alaska Airlines and participating partners. Other MVP Gold benefits include discounted Alaska Lounge membership, partner lounge access in select international airports, and complimentary same-day flight changes and same-day standby when confirmed flight changes aren't available. MVP Gold members also receive waivers for Mileage Plan service charges and ticket change fees, as well as access to express security lines (at select airports) when flying with Alaska Airlines. Keep in mind, Saver fares do not guarantee seat assignments before check-in.

To maintain MVP Gold status, you must fulfill the specified miles or flight segments each year. If you will not meet minimum qualification requirements and can show proof of being pregnant or taking parental leave within the last year, you may extend your MVP Gold status through Alaska Airlines' Elite Leave program.

MVP Gold 75K

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Free checked bags
  • Priority boarding/seating
  • Free cabin upgrades
  • Expedited security
  • Lounge access

Once you have flown 75,000 miles on Alaska Airlines, or 90,000 miles or 90 flight segments on Alaska Airlines and elite-qualifying partner airlines within a calendar year, you will be upgraded to MVP Gold 75K status. In addition to MVP Gold benefits, MVP Gold 75K members receive 50,000 bonus miles upon attaining status, plus a 125% bonus on miles earned on Alaska Airlines and participating partners. You'll also receive four free Alaska Lounge day passes. During your flight, you'll have access to a complimentary in-flight entertainment player. You may also nominate one person for MVP status. If you book a Saver fare, you may not receive your seat assignment before you check in.

To keep your MVP Gold 75K status, you must meet the specified mile or flight segment requirements every year. If you do not meet minimum qualification requirements, you may retain your MVP Gold 75K status after submitting proof of being pregnant or taking parental leave.

Club 49

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points 
  • Free checked bags

If you are a resident of Alaska, you qualify for the Alaska Airlines Club 49 program. You can register for free on the Alaska Airlines Club 49 page. Membership is reevaluated annually and automatically confirmed if the member still qualifies. Club 49 members receive benefits like two free checked bags on flights to or from destinations in Alaska for all passengers on their reservation. You will also receive two annual Travel Now discount codes, which are valid for 30% off one-way travel in a Refundable Coach fare within four days of ticket purchase to or from any city in Alaska. Alaska Airlines will also send you emails with exclusive promotions and fare discounts.

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