Frequent Flyer Programs

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

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 …

WestJet, Air France-KLM Begin Frequent Flyer Program Partnership

WestJet, Air France-KLM Begin Frequent Flyer Program Partnership

WestJet and Air France-KLM announced that members of each carrier’s frequent flyer programs can now redeem dollars and miles for flights operated by the other airline.
WestJet Rewards members can now redeem WestJet dollars to Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Meanwhile, members of Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue loyalty program can redeem Flying Blue Miles for WestJet flights throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
The airlines entered …

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

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

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 …

United Airlines to Award Miles to its Customers Who Support Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

United Airlines to Award Miles to its Customers Who Support Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

United Airlines, which employs some 11,000 workers in the area currently under siege by Hurricane Harvey, announced a plan to reward members of its frequent flyer program who donate to charities that support relief efforts in Texas.
The Chicago-based airline will match the first $100,000 raised and award up to three million miles to members of its MileagePlus program who donate to the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Airlink, or Operation USA …

Alaska Airlines to Offer New Upgrade Possibilities to Mileage Plan Members

Alaska Airlines to Offer New Upgrade Possibilities to Mileage Plan Members

Alaska Airlines said Wednesday it plans to offer its Mileage Plan members several new benefits.
Starting December 5, Mileage Plan members with elite status who book coach award tickets will be eligible for complimentary upgrades to first class. Full-fare coach awards, those booked in fare class Z, will be eligible for instant upgrades provided that upgrade inventory is available.
In addition, starting in January, elite members will be eligible for complimentary upgrades …

Virgin America Launches New Flights with Bennies Promotion

Virgin America Launches New Flights with Bennies Promotion

Virgin America announced the launch of its new Flights with Bennies promotion. The airline wants to encourage travelers to “break up” with their current loyalty programs and enjoy what it termed a better, or more “beneficial,” relationship with Virgin America.  Virgin also wants new members to use social media to announce their “break-up” with their former airline.
The program gives Elevate members the chance to refer up to five friends to …

Hacker Arrested in BA Avios Theft

Hacker Arrested in BA Avios Theft

One person is under arrest in New Delhi and two others are being sought in conjunction with the theft of millions of Avios, the British Airways Executive Club frequent flyer program currency.
Earlier this year, the British flag carrier said that tens of thousand of BA Executive Club accounts had been accessed by hackers.  “’British Airways has become aware of some unauthorised activity in relation to a small number of frequent …