Elite (EQM) Buy-Up Offers for 2019

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Old Nov 29, 18, 3:04 pm
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Elite (EQM) Buy-Up Offers for 2019

Just got an email with an offer to buy up to MVP Gold for 2019. I'm currently 500 miles short but have two flights before the end of the year so I'll be fine.

Offer is to buy miles with either money or... miles! 1000 miles costs $275 cash or 27,500 miles. I can go all the way up to 10,000 miles for $1,400 cash or 140,000 miles, with 1,000 mile increments.

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Old Nov 29, 18, 3:07 pm
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Targeted Offer to buy EQM

Received email from AS offering to sell me EQM so I can maintain status. $775 for 5000 miles. $225 for 1000.
first time receiving such an offer.
yesterdays flight will put us far beyond what was required.
Now, next years quest for MVP is another matter.
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Beat you by 3 mins
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I just got the same offer. Strange thing is that I already re-qualified for MVPG a couple weeks ago, and according to AS am sitting at 44,754 AS-only miles for the year. Guess the list was generated and sent to the marketing team before then!
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Old Nov 29, 18, 3:42 pm
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I just got the same offer. Strange thing is that I already re-qualified for MVPG a couple weeks ago, and according to AS am sitting at 44,754 AS-only miles for the year. Guess the list was generated and sent to the marketing team before then!
Yup - I requalified for 75K a couple of weeks ago. For me, 1000 EQMs $300, and 10000 for $1650.
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It is a targeted offer. You can buy up to 10,000 EQM's for $1650 or 165.,000 miles maximum. This will definitely add to the pool of AS Elites. Not sure how I feel about the 10K mile option when I have spent a lot of time and $ to get there the "right" way.... Not sure why I got the offer since I am already 75K for 2019 on partner miles and will get there pure AS miles on Sunday.

Also this "EQM miles are non-refundable and cannot be used toward award travel" so, they are useless except to obtain status.
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Yikes. I can use miles to buy miles. 75,000 miles to buy 5000 EQM.

I thought this was strange. *** EQMs are non-redeemable and cannot be used toward award travel.***
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Old Nov 29, 18, 3:48 pm
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Same here; made MVPG BIS, would not allow me to buy enough EQM for MVPG75k - not that I would if it did. 10k maximum.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 3:52 pm
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Originally Posted by BOB W View Post
It is a targeted offer. You can buy up to 10,000 EQM's for $1650 or 165.,000 miles maximum. This will definitely add to the pool of AS Elites. Not sure how I feel about the 10K mile option when I have spent a lot of time and $ to get there the "right" way.... Not sure why I got the offer since I am already 75K for 2019 on partner miles and will get there pure AS miles on Sunday.
I'm not troubled by this, because it isn't like they're giving it away. For $1650 or less (depending on where you're at), you could take a trip or two in F and earn the 10K. Instead, AS gets the dough and keeps the seat without any outlay. It also makes it nice for those either in an extremely expensive market or a market with not a lot of options (i.e., transcon only) to top off the balance without a huge dollar or time commitment. I recently spent a late afternoon / evening, spent $102, and got my last 1000 miles, so if some want to spend $300 for same, good for them and good for AS.
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It is a targeted offer. You can buy up to 10,000 EQM's for $1650 or 165.,000 miles maximum. This will definitely add to the pool of AS Elites. Not sure how I feel about the 10K mile option when I have spent a lot of time and $ to get there the "right" way.... Not sure why I got the offer since I am already 75K for 2019 on partner miles and will get there pure AS miles on Sunday.
Doesn't bother me in the least, quite appropriate. There are plenty of people who call AS with hard luck stories, looking for some type of accommodation, also those considering MRs to earn status - this addresses both issues.
I WOULD be bothered if AS followed AA by issuing wholesale challenges, offering most anyone interested a shortcut to status.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 3:54 pm
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Screenshot of the UI below for those curious if you didn't get the targeted offer.

Starts at $0.275 per mile (or 27.5 miles per mile) for 1,000.
Goes down to $0.14 per mile (or 14 miles per mile) for 10,000

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I got one of these as well. We will catch a R/T next week to squeeze out our 40K for the year.
However I am surprised by the offer as I have always thought that BIS was the only way to catch status with Alaska, other than a status match from another airline?

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Originally Posted by tatterdema View Post
Yikes. I can use miles to buy miles. 75,000 miles to buy 5000 EQM.

I thought this was strange. *** EQMs are non-redeemable and cannot be used toward award travel.***
I thought this part of the fine-print was strange too - doesn't seem right so I wasn't sure if I was reading it correctly. I guess this is purely just a way to pay to maintain status.
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Thread discussing the AA version; appears AS is letting its targeted elites off CHEAP: Buy Back and Boost / Buy Up Status for 2019
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Old Nov 29, 18, 4:29 pm
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I got one of these as well. We’ll catch a R/T next week to squeeze out our 40K for the year.
However I am surprised by the offer as I have always thought that BIS was the only way to catch status with Alaska, other than a status match from another airline?
The cash part is new as of 2 years ago, the miles part is new this year. Usually its a fly X segments/miles and get your expired status back. Those emails usually go out in January. I have never received one as i always did MR to maintain status
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