The Frequent Flyer’s Guide to Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan MVP Gold 75K Status

By Jonathan Spira on 6 December 2017
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Although I’ve long been a loyal Delta elite, given the recent expansion of Alaska’s route network following its acquisition of Virgin America in December 2016, I felt the time was right to see what the buzz was about at the Seattle-based carrier. Given my elite status at Delta and American however, I didn’t want to start out at the bottom of the barrel at Alaska.

There are multiple ways to earn status on Alaska Airlines including actually flying on the airline or partner operations or by doing a status match. While I haven’t actually flown on Alaska in years I applied for a status match of my Delta Platinum Medallion status to Alaska Airlines MVP Gold 75K status.

MVP Gold 75K is the highest status members can earn through Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan frequent flyer program.

Recently, I received notice from Alaska that my match had been accepted and, several days later, a welcome package from the airline arrived.

The benefits listed in the package for MVP Gold 75 actually exceeded my expectations and in a few instances also exceed what Delta Air Lines currently offers its top-tier flyers.

Here are my findings:

1.) Complimentary first-class and premium economy lite upgrades on all Alaska-operated flights. While this is similar to what Delta offers, Alaska has not reduced the number of available seats in first class with first-class monetization, contrary to what Delta has done.

2.) No ticket-change fees. While one is able to change or cancel award tickets on Delta up to 72 hours prior to departure, any tickets purchased are subject to change fees. Alaska waives those fees.

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