The Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program is a great option for collecting points when flying on varying carriers across alliances. They have many partners in oneworld and SkyTeam plus many non-aligned carriers. But the program historically has had one minor annoying limitation: Earning status only comes from flights on Alaska Airlines, Delta, American Airlines and a few other partners (Thanks, Scott). That policy is changing on 15 January 2015 such that all partner travel will now count towards earning MVP status.
From the press release:
Starting Jan. 15, 2014, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members will be able to earn elite qualifying miles on all 12 of the carrier’s international partners, including British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Fiji Airways, Korean Air and Qantas. Mileage Plan members already earn elite qualifying miles on AeroMexico, Air France, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, KLM and LAN.
“Thanks to our terrific group of international airline partners, Alaska Airlines is able to connect our customers to more than 700 destinations worldwide,” said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing. “Starting next month, it will be much easier for our customers to earn elite status on Alaska when flying the world on these other great airlines.”
This is very good news for the program and its members. An actual, honest-to-goodness, enhancement from a loyalty program. It does happen.
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