Mileage Question

Old Nov 27, 18, 5:37 pm
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Mileage Question

Hello,

First time joining the forum with first post.
I am currently MVP status, but after 2 upcoming trips I will be lacking of 1577 miles to mvp gold.

Below is my questions:
1. I believe mvp status's mileage bonus does not apply toward elite qualified miles, is this correct?
2. When will be the last trip that will count to this year's mileage? (ex: If I book a round trip from 12/28/2018 ~ 1/1/2019, will only the departing flight's mileage count toward this year's status?)
3. I heard there are some elite qualified miles you can buy, is this still possible? If so, how much is the price?
4. If 3 is not possible, or too expensive, I am planning to to go any trip on any weekend in December from Seattle. Any suggestion?


Thank you in advance!
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Old Nov 27, 18, 6:39 pm
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Welcome to Flyertalk jdk1811!

1) Yes, elite bonus does not count towards EQM.

2) Last flight is any that departs 12/31 11:59 departure local time or earlier. Ticket with flights split across the new year will count towards the year they departed, so your flight on 12/28 would earn in 2018 & 1/1 would be for 2019. Note that if you are doing this for requalification-- if your end of the year flights do not post by 1/1, it's possible for a status gap as status expires 1/1. Once they do post, your status will be restored.

3) AS doesn't offer a general buy-up/challenge. They may make targeted offers, but I would not plan on it. Usually you cannot call in & opt in to those targeted offers either.

4) Check out several of the following threads for ideas:
AS: 2016-2018 Consolidated Mileage/Status/Challenge Runs help needed
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/alas...lp-needed.html
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Old Nov 27, 18, 6:45 pm
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Old Nov 27, 18, 7:28 pm
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Thank you for the detailed explanation.

One more quick question..
One of the benefit for mvp gold was:
  • Four First Class guest upgrades per year
If I were to get mvp gold on december this year, will I get 4 and another 4 in 2019?
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Old Nov 27, 18, 7:36 pm
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Originally Posted by jdk1811 View Post
If I were to get mvp gold on december this year, will I get 4 and another 4 in 2019?
No. But yes?
Not until you REqualify for the NEXT calendar year.
You're earning those four certs for the calendar year; so if you make gold today, you'll be gold throughout 2019.
So if you did a bunch of flying in January and February, and re-qualified for Gold in February, you'd technically be getting four more right then.
Also, heads up, those certs can be very difficult to use (more so lately) and require that you buy into certain fare classes. Saver Basic Cheapo seats need not apply.

That said, I think gold is definitely worth your money, considering the four certs (tricky but possible to use) and the jump in bonus redeemable miles.
And for a mileage run, there are a few cheap flights in December that would take care of your needs. Someone posted Milwaukee as a great value today.
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Old Nov 27, 18, 8:01 pm
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No. But yes?
Not until you REqualify for the NEXT calendar year.
You're earning those four certs for the calendar year; so if you make gold today, you'll be gold throughout 2019.
So if you did a bunch of flying in January and February, and re-qualified for Gold in February, you'd technically be getting four more right then.
Also, heads up, those certs can be very difficult to use (more so lately) and require that you buy into certain fare classes. Saver Basic Cheapo seats need not apply.

That said, I think gold is definitely worth your money, considering the four certs (tricky but possible to use) and the jump in bonus redeemable miles.
And for a mileage run, there are a few cheap flights in December that would take care of your needs. Someone posted Milwaukee as a great value today.
Got it, Thank you all for your prompt response!
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Old Nov 27, 18, 8:51 pm
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That said, I think gold is definitely worth your money, considering the four certs (tricky but possible to use) and the jump in bonus redeemable miles.
And for a mileage run, there are a few cheap flights in December that would take care of your needs. Someone posted Milwaukee as a great value today.[/QUOTE]

I agree. Going for gold (no pun intended) would be worth it. I don't really value the GGUs...I have a hard time using them. Still, I've had a decent average in complimentary upgrades as a Gold, and the 100% bonus mileage is a big selling point for me. The same day changes and waived fees are also pretty pleasant.

I've said it before elsewhere, but I'm a fan of mileage running with a purpose. Go somewhere cool, even if its for a long weekend. Much more rewarding than a same day turnaround, unless that's your only option.
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Old Nov 27, 18, 11:14 pm
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Welcome to Flyertalk @jdk1811 and the Alaska Airlines forum.

I'd go for Gold; agree it's the sweet spot with AS' mileage tiers, especially with change fee waivers for most elite tiers.
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Old Nov 28, 18, 9:04 am
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Definitely do a mileage run for Gold. MVP is fine, but the fee waivers, better upgrade odds, GGUs, etc are so much nicer. Find a cheap r/t to LAX or something on a Saturday and knock it out.
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Old Nov 28, 18, 6:52 pm
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Originally Posted by jdk1811 View Post
Four First Class guest upgrades per year
If I were to get mvp gold on december this year, will I get 4 and another 4 in 2019?
As someone else mentioned, you'll only get 4 for qualifying. But based on my experience of qualifying on Dec 31st, your 4 GGUs will probably expire Dec 31st 2020. So you'll effectively have 2 years to use them because they expire at the end of the year following the year they are issued.

As for a Mileage Run - there are so many variables. The most obvious example is to find the best dollar to mile ratio and do it as quickly as possible... but you can also get creative:

Do you just want to do a quick out & back and never leave the airport?
Do you want to pop out of the airport for 3 hours and grab a bite somewhere interesting?
Do you want to spend a half day visiting friends from another city?
Do you want to take a mini-vacation and spend 32 hours in a city you've never been to before?

One mileage run I've thought about trying but just haven't found the need for in terms of miles is: Take the last flight to LAS on a Friday or Saturday night, and the first flight back to SEA the next morning.

Don't get a hotel room, just spend 6 hours on the casino floor drinking & gambling... then come home and get some sleep. However, that might not be everyone's cup of tea

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Old Nov 28, 18, 7:22 pm
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Originally Posted by nearlysober View Post
As someone else mentioned, you'll only get 4 for qualifying. But based on my experience of qualifying on Dec 31st, your 4 GGUs will probably expire Dec 31st 2020. So you'll effectively have 2 years to use them because they expire at the end of the year following the year they are issued.

As for a Mileage Run - there are so many variables. The most obvious example is to find the best dollar to mile ratio and do it as quickly as possible... but you can also get creative:

Do you just want to do a quick out & back and never leave the airport?
Do you want to pop out of the airport for 3 hours and grab a bite somewhere interesting?
Do you want to spend a half day visiting friends from another city?
Do you want to take a mini-vacation and spend 32 hours in a city you've never been to before?

One mileage run I've thought about trying but just haven't found the need for in terms of miles is: Take the last flight to LAS on a Friday or Saturday night, and the first flight back to SEA the next morning.

Don't get a hotel room, just spend 6 hours on the casino floor drinking & gambling... then come home and get some sleep. However, that might not be everyone's cup of tea
Thank you for your tips.

Ideally, "Do you want to pop out of the airport for 3 hours and grab a bite somewhere interesting?" sounds the best for me, but it's hard to find a good trip as it's end of year.
I was originally thinking of going to LAX and visit Korea town or Japanese town for a meal and come back, but the price to LAX from SEA seems to be way high up in the air on the weekend.
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Old Dec 9, 18, 12:27 pm
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Originally Posted by rustykettel View Post
Welcome to Flyertalk jdk1811!

1) Yes, elite bonus does not count towards EQM.
Hi, quick question on this..

I had a business trip this weekend, and I actually received some bonus EQM from Alaska.
The base miles was: 1000
Bonus was: 1000
EQM I received: 1500

Since I am MVP, I was suppose to get 500 only, but I am guessing the EQM I received was not from Elite bonus miles correct?
How often does Alaska gives bonus EQM like this?

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Old Dec 9, 18, 1:32 pm
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Originally Posted by jdk1811 View Post
Hi, quick question on this..

I had a business trip this weekend, and I actually received some bonus EQM from Alaska.
The base miles was: 1000
Bonus was: 1000
EQM I received: 1500

Since I am MVP, I was suppose to get 500 only, but I am guessing the EQM I received was not from Elite bonus miles correct?
How often does Alaska gives bonus EQM like this?
You likely got a Class of Service (COS) bonus - your booking class was most likely Y or S that receives a 50% COS bonus.
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Old Dec 9, 18, 1:32 pm
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Originally Posted by jdk1811 View Post
Hi, quick question on this..

I had a business trip this weekend, and I actually received some bonus EQM from Alaska.
The base miles was: 1000
Bonus was: 1000
EQM I received: 1500

Since I am MVP, I was suppose to get 500 only, but I am guessing the EQM I received was not from Elite bonus miles correct?
How often does Alaska gives bonus EQM like this?
Sounds like you were booked in Y or S class.
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Old Dec 9, 18, 3:51 pm
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It's confusing. The difference between 500 and actual miles flown, CoS bonus, and elite bonus are all classified as "bonus" miles, while the number of miles actually flown are classified as base miles.

I don't like this, because it makes it difficult to validate eqm -- you can't just add up 1 or more columns (they combine eqm with non-eqm in the bonus column)
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