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Any 2020 status year soft landings for 2019 elites?

Any 2020 status year soft landings for 2019 elites?

Old Jan 18, 20, 9:10 am
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Any 2020 status year soft landings for 2019 elites?

Has anyone heard of any soft landings for elites that lost mvp gold this year? I have a few flights I just booked and I'm hoping there's something coming along.
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Old Jan 18, 20, 11:02 am
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Originally Posted by johndoe123 View Post
Has anyone heard of any soft landings for elites that lost mvp gold this year? I have a few flights I just booked and I'm hoping there's something coming along.
Were you close to requalifying?
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Old Jan 18, 20, 12:03 pm
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Usually it’s “fly a bunch and after you fly a bunch we’ll give it back”, not a soft landing...
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Old Jan 18, 20, 8:16 pm
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Originally Posted by eponymous_coward View Post
Usually it’s “fly a bunch and after you fly a bunch we’ll give it back”, not a soft landing...
I have no firsthand data points from this year, but I do have a firsthand data point that they used to give soft landings years ago. (I got one Jan 2016 from MVPG to MVP, despite not being close to requalifying at all.)
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Old Jan 19, 20, 5:12 am
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Is the the same as the promotion “We want you back” fly XX,000 miles in 90 days to get your old status back?

I recall Alaska offering this in the past, usually around Jan 15th.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 8:17 am
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Being very literal, a "soft landing" is when you were 75k last year, you flew barely at all, and AS comps you Gold (or MVP) for this year as a goodwill gesture to encourage you to keep flying them. I don't know if AS does this or not.

A "status challenge" is when you were close (or not so close) to requalifying and they say "Fly X miles/segments by Y date, and we'll give you last year's status again". AS often runs these in January.

I did a Gold challenge a couple years ago, and IIRC, AS charged something like $150-$200 to participate in the challenge which was to fly 10,000 BIS miles before end of March or something like that. It's a pretty decent deal, especially if you already have a trip or two planned in that timeframe.

Watch your email for an invite, and this board for others' experiences.
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