Elite status frequently asked questions

Get answers to our most commonly asked questions regarding elite status.

Elite status qualification is earned for the next full calendar year after the status is reached. However, as a courtesy, your benefits will take effect within 1 - 2 weeks after the flight that earned you status. For example, if reach your 2017 MVP™ MVP™ Gold, or Gold 75K qualification in September of 2016, your status will take effect approximately 2 weeks later, and be valid through December 31, 2017.
Flights operated by Alaska Airlines will count as an Alaska flight even if it has another airline's flight number attached. There are two exceptions to this rule. Alaska flights marketed by Korean Air or Qantas will not count towards elite qualification.
Your elite bonus miles are based on actual flight miles. For example, as an MVP™ Gold you receive a 100% bonus on miles flown. If your flight was 500 miles, and there was a double miles promotion, you would get 500 Miles for the flight, 500 for the double miles promotion, and 500 for the 100% MVP™ Gold bonus
While anyone traveling with you in the same reservation will have their luggage fees waived, the change fee will apply to all passengers other than the MVP™ Gold. The exception is if your fellow passengers are booked on an award ticket using your miles; in that case, change fees are waived.