Happy Tuesday! And an even happier Tuesday if you’ve received a free 10,000 Alaska Miles.
Free, you say
It appears that Alaska is giving away this 10k bonus for flyers that hold both an Mileage Plan and Elevate account. As you’ve likely heard, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America are merging. In an airline merger, the consolidation of award accounts is usually pretty ugly, Alaska is trying to change that!
Be sure to log into your Alaska Airlines MileagePlan account to see if your free 10k point gift has posted. If not, and you have a Mileage Plan and Elevate account, it should show in the next few days. So hang tight.
This is why I always recommend to enroll in frequent flyer/hotel loyalty accounts, even if you don’t plan to fly with that airline. (or stay at said hotel). I have never flown Virgin but I had an Elevate account anyway, which worked out for a free 10k points worth around $175 toward travel.
According to an Alaska Airlines spokesperson via TPG, you must have held a MileagePlan and Elevate account before December 5th to receive this automatic bonus.
“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.”
For Virgin only flyers
If you have an Elevate account but not a MileagePlan account, you can choose your welcome bonus of 10,000 points or $100, here. If I were you, I would take the 10,000 points since you can get WAY more than $100 of value from them.
10,000 Alaska miles is good for a short-haul round-trip from San Francisco to Seattle. You can even plug-in a stop-over for no additional charge (although you may have to pay an extra $5.60 security fee depending on the length of the stop-over). A stop-over would allow you to fly from San Jose to Eugene and then on to Portland for just 5,000 miles one-way. That is a great redemption if you want to see multiple cities.