Alaska Airlines is offering a status match through the end of the year. You can leverage your status with select US carriers to receive status with Alaska including their top-tier MVP Gold 75k. If you receive a status match, you will retain it through December 31, 2018.
To keep it for 2019 you will have to meet the regular qualification requirement. One caveat of the offer is that, when you match to MVP Gold 75k, you will not be eligible for the 50,000 miles bonus normally given to members who attain this status. To take part in the status match, you need to register for an Alaska Mileage plan account first.
Which Statuses Can I Match?
You can match to MVP status from any of the following airline statuses:
- Aeromexico Gold
- Air Canada Altitude 25K (Prestige) and 35K
- American Airlines AAdvantage Gold
- Delta Silver Medallion
- Frontier Elite
- Hawaiian Pualani Gold
- JetBlue TrueBlue Mosaic
- Southwest A-List
- United Premier Silver and Premier Associate
You can match to MVP Gold status from any of the following airline statuses:
- Aeromexico Platinum
- Air Canada Altitude 50K
- American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum
- Delta Gold Medallion
- Hawaiian Pualani Platinum
- Southwest A-List Preferred
- United Premier Gold
You can match to MVP Gold 75k status from any of the following airline statuses:
- Aeromexico Titanio
- Air Canada Altitude 75K and 100K
- American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum
- American Airlines ConciergeKey
- American Airlines Platinum Pro
- Delta Platinum Medallion and Diamond Medallion
- Southwest A-List Preferred & Companion Pass (must hold both)
- United Platinum, 1K, and Global Services
Alaska Mileage Plan is arguably the best frequent flyer program of any US airline. The program offers great earning and redemption rates on partner metal. Status holders receive a host of benefits when traveling with various partners including Emirates. If you are looking to switch airline programs, you should give some thought to Alaska Mileage Plan.
How to Match Your Status?
Taking advantage of this offer is simple. Head over to the Alaska Status match page, then select your program and status and click continue.
You will then need to enter your Alaska Mileage Plan number and your email, and you are set to go. Alaska will then get back to you confirming that your status has matched.
The Status Match Game
Yes, ultimately status matching is a game. The airlines want to attract the loyalty of the competition’s frequent flyers (great revenue source), while flyers want to get the most perks and benefits for the minimum outlay of cash and time. You can always check on sites like Statusmatcher.com to see which airlines are currently allowing matches from other programs.
The best approach to successfully match is to make a reservation with the airline you want to match to (ideally in Business or First), then submit a copy of your booking, an image of your current elite credentials, and your current program statement showing lots of flights. Providing airlines with all three gives you the best chance of being awarded a match.
Leverage is The Key
Leveraging status with one airline to gain Elite status with another is the easiest and most efficient way to have your loyalty rewarded. Remember most of these status matches/challenges tend to be a one time only offer and you will not be able to use it again. You should give some serious thought about your travel plans before burning a status match opportunity. Will, you fly enough with the new airline to maintain status, and will you hit the criteria to qualify for the status you want to keep in the long run? If your answer is no, then it is best not to pursue a status match. Holding status for the sake of holding status is not a viable travel reward strategy.