Alaska to Offer University of Washington Students Free Miles and Elite Status

By Anna Breuer on 5 October 2017
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Alaska Airlines said it would grant students at the University of Washington elite status in its Mileage Plan frequent flyer program based on the student’s grade point average.

Proclaiming “good grades mean sweet upgrades,” the airline will also give University of Washington students 5,000 bonus miles to those who register by the end of October with a valid school e-mail address regardless of whether they are new or existing Mileage Plan members.

To further appeal to students flying home, the airline emphasized that “dirty laundry flies free.”

Alaska will grant MVP status, the lowest-level tier, to students with a 3.5 to 3.9 GPA in the fall semester and those who are able to maintain a 4.0 GPA will get MVP Gold status. Students will receive their elite status prior to the end of January 2018 and it will be valid through December 31, 2018. The GPA requirement does not affect the 5,000 free miles.

The Seattle-based carrier is working with the university, which will confirm the GPA range but not the precise grade point average with the exception of those achieving a 4.0.

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest universities on the West Coast. It has three campuses in the Seattle metropolitan area including one in the University District of Seattle.

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