Alaska Airlines seems to be sending out emails to elite Mileage Plan members today offering them a year end holiday gift. In the past they’ve sent out cookies, though this year the gifts are electronic and much better (both for your waist and flying comfort).
While I didn’t receive an email, when I logged into my Mileage Plan account summary page today there was a link at the bottom left which read “Elite Thank You Gift.”
I clicked it, and it brought me to a further page highlighting some of the promotions Alaska is running right now. From there I clicked “View Gift Options.”
There seem to be three options that everyone is getting for the elite thank you gift:
- Two MVP Gold Guest Upgrades, valid through December 31, 2014
- Two Board Room day passes, valid through December 31, 2014
- Two Gogo internet single flight passes, valid through December 31, 2014
I already have Board Room access through Priority Pass and a monthly Gogo pass, so I went with the MVP Gold Guest Upgrades. As an MVP Gold or MVP Gold 75K you ordinarily get four of these per year, so with the extra two that brings it to a total of six. They were deposited into my account immediately.
Even if I didn’t have Priority Pass or a monthly Gogo pass I would have probably still gone with the MVP Gold Guest Upgrades. The two Gogo passes are worth $30 at most, while the two Board Room passes are worth $90 at most (the retail cost, though in reality I don’t think I’d ever pay that for Board Room access). Being able to lock in two transcon upgrades is worth much more than that. The only restriction on the upgrades is that tickets booked in the “G” and “T” fare class aren’t eligible to be upgraded.
It’s a damn good day for me on the Alaska Airlines front, since my MVP Gold 75K status just posted today as well, which also got me an extra 50,000 Mileage Plan miles.
Quite pleased with Alaska Airlines at the moment, even if they are the quirkiest airline on the west coast.
(Tip of the hat to HB)