Complimentary Upgrades & MVP® Gold Guest Upgrades

About Complimentary Upgrades

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ offers Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades to First Class as a benefit of Elite Status membership. We understand the difficulties associated with being a road warrior, and want to make your flying experience with us as comfortable as possible.

  • Complimentary Upgrades are booked into "U" class of service and are subject to availability as "U" class may not be available on all flights.
  • Qualifying Elite Mileage Plan™ number must be in the reservation to qualify for a Complimentary Upgrade.
  • Complimentary Upgrades are not available when traveling on an award ticket, including the Money & Miles award.

Shop for Qualifying Fares

To ensure you are purchasing a fare that qualifies for an MVP®, MVP® Gold, MVP® Gold Guest, or Mileage Upgrade, and to view available upgrade space, please use the Upgrade Preference selection filter when shopping for flights.

How Complimentary Upgrades Work

For MVP® Members: Qualifying fares are booked in "Y, S, or B" class - please use the MVP® Upgrade filter when shopping at alaskaair.com to view eligible fares. All other fares are eligible for upgrade at 48 hours prior to departure. Please note that not all Value Fares are qualifying. Please use MVP® Upgrade filter when shopping to ensure eligibility.

For MVP® Gold members: Qualifying fares are booked in "Y, S, B, M, or H" class - please use the MVP® Gold Upgrade filter when shopping at alaskaair.com to view eligible fares. All other fares are eligible for upgrade at 72 hours prior to departure.

For Gold 75K members: Qualifying fares are booked in "Y, S, B, M, or H" class - please use the MVP® Gold Upgrade filter when shopping at alaskaair.com to view eligible fares. All other fares are eligible for upgrade at 120 hours prior to departure.

For Qualifying Fares:
If you have purchased the qualifying fare for your Elite Level, you are eligible for an immediate upgrade. If an upgrade is available on your flight, you will be upgraded immediately. If there are no upgrades available for your flight, you will be immediately placed on the upgrade waitlist.

For All Other Fares:
If you have purchased one of our discounted fares, you will be placed in the upgrade request queue until the eligibility designated by your Elite Level. Once you have reached the designated upgrade window, upgrades will be processed in the order that they were placed on the request queue. If an upgrade is available on your flight, you will be upgraded immediately. If there are no upgrades available for your flight, you will be placed on the upgrade waitlist.

What Happens Once I'm on the Upgrade Waitlist?
Upgrades are processed in the order that they are placed on the upgrade waitlist. Once you are on the upgrade waitlist, the processor will continue to look for available upgrades and process them until approximately 1 hour prior to departure. Any upgrades that become available less than 1 hour prior to departure will be processed by the agent at the boarding gate.

Companion Upgrades

MVP® Gold and Gold 75K members may upgrade one companion traveling with them on the same flight and booked in the same class of service. If your companion is traveling on a separate reservation, please contact the MVP® Gold Desk to process your Companion Upgrade request. Linking the reservations together does not request an upgrade for the companion traveler. Please note that Companion Upgrades must be requested at the same time as a Complimentary Upgrade. If you have already requested a Complimentary Upgrade, it will be removed and requested again with the Companion Upgrade in order to assure that you are together on the request queue or upgrade waitlist.

MVP® Gold Guest Upgrades

MVP® Gold Guest Upgrades are electronic upgrade codes given to MVP® Gold members to upgrade friends or family members who are not traveling with them, or for their own use for immediate upgrade when not purchasing a qualifying fare. They may also on occasion be provided as a Customer Care gesture in the event of a downgrade or service failure.

Once you have qualified for MVP® Gold status, your MVP® Gold Guest Upgrade codes will be deposited into your My Account profile.

How to Apply Your MVP® Gold Guest Upgrades to Your Reservation

MVP® Gold Members:

  1. When shopping for flights, choose MVP® Gold Guest Upgrade from the Upgrade Preference selection filter.
  2. Choose a flight with a black Gold eUpgrades icon next to it.
  3. Select "I want to apply a MVP® Gold Guest Upgrade code to one or more of my flights" during booking.
  4. From the Your Confirmed Reservation page, select the MVP® Gold Guest Upgrades link to apply your Guest Upgrade codes.

For Anyone with MVP® Gold Guest Upgrades:

  1. When shopping for flights, choose MVP® Gold Guest Upgrade from the Upgrade Preference selection filter.
  2. Choose a flight with a the black Gold eUpgrades icon next to it.
  3. From the Your Confirmed Reservation page, select the MVP® Gold Guest Upgrades link to apply your Guest Upgrades.

Already Purchased the Ticket?

  1. View your reservation at alaskaair.com and select the link next to your confirmation code that says "MVP Gold Guest Upgrade".
  2. If your flight is eligible, you will be able to enter a Guest Upgrade code.

Please Note: Elite Level Mileage Plan™ members and Delta Medallion members who are eligible for Complimentary Upgrades will need to call Reservations to remove themselves from the waitlist before requesting a Gold Guest Upgrade.

MVP® Gold Guest Upgrade Rules

  • MVP® Gold Guest Upgrades are valid on Alaska Airlines flight numbers 1 - 999.
  • Flights must be marketed and ticketed by Alaska Airlines
  • MVP® Gold Guest Upgrades are booked into "U" class of service and are subject to availability as "U" class may not be available on all flights.
  • "U" class must be available at the time of the request, as MVP® Gold Guest Upgrades may not utilize the upgrade waitlist. When purchasing, please ensure that the black Gold eUpgrades icon displays next to your flight.
  • Tickets purchased in G, R, or T classes of service are not eligible for MVP® Gold Guest Upgrades (please select "MVP® Gold Guest Upgrade" from the "Optional Upgradable Fares" list when shopping at alaskaair.com to view eligible fares for your itinerary. You can also select "MVP® Gold Guest Upgrade" in the filter results on the "Available Flights" page.)
  • Each MVP® Gold Guest Upgrade code is valid for one-way travel for one person. Connecting flights must have no more than a 4 hour stopover between them.
  • MVP® Gold Guest Upgrades may not be used as a placeholder for a Complimentary Upgrade by an Elite Level member. Once a MVP® Gold Guest Upgrade has been processed, you may not remove it in order to be placed on the upgrade request queue, upgrade waitlist, or receive a Complimentary Upgrade based on Elite Level.
  • MVP® Gold Guest Upgrades upgrades are not available when traveling on an award ticket, including the Money & Miles award.
  • MVP® Gold Guest Upgrades are transferable but may not be bartered, bought, sold.
  • If a flight upgraded with an MVP® Gold Guest Upgrade is changed or canceled, the upgrade is forfeited. A replacement Guest Upgrade code can be requested through Customer Care only by the MVP® Gold to whom it was originally issued.

Upgrades on Delta Air Lines

Elite Level Mileage Plan™ members are entitled to day of departure upgrades on Delta Air Lines flights within the United States, Canada, Mexico, and select Caribbean destinations. Not available on nonstop flights between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle or nonstop flights between Atlanta and Hawaii.

Simply enter your Mileage Plan™ number into your Delta Air Lines reservation, and you will be automatically placed on their upgrade list. Upgrades will be cleared in order, at the boarding gate, on the day of departure.

MVP® Gold Guest Upgrade shopping at alaskaair.com