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QUICK GUIDE: Airline Program Benefits - USA [under construction - please help!]

QUICK GUIDE: Airline Program Benefits - USA [under construction - please help!]

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Alaska Airlines (AS) Mileage Plan no alliance
Non-Alliance Airline Partners
AeroMexico (AM), Air France (AF), American Airlines (AA), British Airways (BA) , Cathay Pacific (CX), Delta (DL), Emirates (EK), Fiji Airways (FJ), KLM (KL), Korean Air (KE), LAN (LA), PenAir (KS), Qantas (QF), Ravn Alaska (7H)

MVP
  • Qualification Requirement: 25,000 EQMs or 30 segments (20,000 EQM's if all on Alaska Airlines-operated flights)
  • Bonus Miles: 50%
  • Domestic Upgrades: Unlimited automatic after MVP Gold
  • International Upgrades: To/From Canada/Mexico & Hawaii
  • Upgrades on Delta (same routes as DL Medallions), clears at the gate
  • First 2 checked bags free

MVP Gold (MVPG)
  • Qualification Requirement: 50,000 EQMs or 60 segments (40,000 miles if all on Alaska Airlines-operated flights)
  • Bonus Miles: 100%
  • Domestic Upgrades: Unlimited automatic after MVP Gold 75K, four electronic instant upgrade certificates each year not valid on G and T fare classes
  • International upgrades: To/From Canada/Mexico & Hawaii
  • Upgrades on Delta (same routes as DL Medallions), clears at the gate
  • SkyPriority on Delta
  • First Alcoholic Beverage Complimentary if seated in the main cabin
  • Waived fees for flight changes (awards and paid)

MVP Gold 75K
  • Qualification Requirement: 90,000 EQMs or 90 segments (75,000 if all on Alaska Airlines-operated flights)
  • Bonus Miles: 100%
  • Domestic Upgrades: Unlimited automatic, four electronic instant upgrade certificates each year not valid on G and T fare
  • International upgrades: To/From Canada/Mexico & Hawaii
  • Upgrades on Delta (same routes as DL Medallions), clears at the gate
  • SkyPriority on Delta
  • 50,000 bonus redeemable miles upon achieving the tier
  • Complimentary DigePlayer if seated in the Main Cabin
  • Waived fees for flight changes (awards and paid)

Associated Credit Cards

American Airlines (AA) AAdvantage oneworld alliance
Non-Alliance Airline Partners
Alaska Airlines (AS), Etihad Airways (EY), Hawaiian Airlines (HA), Air Tahiti Nui (TN), Fiji Airways (FJ), Gulf Air (GF), Jet Airways (9W), Seaborne Airlines (BB), WestJet Airlines (WS).

AAdvantage Gold (GLD)
  • Qualification Requirement: 25,000 EQMs or 25,000 EQPs or 30 segments
  • Bonus Miles: 25%
  • Domestic upgrades: 500-mile certificates (4 per 10,000 miles flown and for sale), 24-hour window
  • International Upgrades: N/A
  • Free Preferred seating
  • Free Main Cabin Extra seating (thru Feb 28, 2014)
  • Priority Access check-in, security, and boarding
  • Waived award processing fee

AAdvantage Platinum (PLT)
  • Qualification Requirement: 50,000 EQMs or 50,000 EQPs or 60 segments
  • Bonus Miles: 100%
  • Domestic Upgrades: 500-mile certificates (4 per 10,000 miles flown and for sale), 72-hour window
  • International Upgrades: N/A
  • Gold benefits plus Priority baggage delivery
  • oneworld business lounge access on international itineraries

AAdvantage Executive Platinum (EXP)
  • Qualification Requirement: 100,000 EQMs or 100,000 EQPs or 100 segments
  • Bonus Miles: 100%
  • Domestic Upgrades: Unlimited complementary, 100-hour window
  • International Upgrades: 8 system-wide upgrades each year, no fare class restrictions
  • Platinum benefits
  • oneworld first class lounge access on international itineraries
  • Waived award change and reinstatement fees

Associated Credit Cards

Delta Air Lines (DL) SkyMiles Skyteam alliance
Non-Alliance Airline Partners
Alaska Airlines (AS), Gol (G3), Virgin Atlantic (VS), Virgin Australia (VA), Hawaiian Airlines (HA) [incomplete - please update list]

Silver Medallion (FO)
  • Qualification Requirement: 25,000 MQMs or 30 segments (MQS); $2,500 spend required starting in 2014
  • Bonus Miles: 25%
  • Domestic Upgrades: Unlimited automatic (subject to availability )
  • International Upgrades: N/A but can upgrade with miles from M B Y fares
  • Free EC (Economy Comfort) seats during OLCI on DL domestic flights,
  • Free premium (aisle/window toward the front) and exit row seats
  • Free checked bag, Priority boarding after Golds and above
  • Priority or dedicated check in and security at many airports

Gold Medallion (GM)
  • Qualification requirement: 50,000 MQMs or 60 segments (MQS); $5,000 spend required starting in 2014
  • Domestic upgrades: Unlimited automatic (subject to availability), including on award tickets, starting three days before departure (really 5pm ATL time four days before departure)
  • International upgrades: N/A but can upgrade with miles from M B Y fares
  • Bonus Miles: 100%
  • SkyPriority (check in, security, boarding, and luggage handling)
    SkyTeam lounge access when traveling on same-day international SkyTeam itinerary
    Free EC seats on domestic flights and 50% discount on EC fees for international flights

Platinum Medallion (PM)[*]Qualification requirement: 75,000 MQMs or 100 segments (MQS); $7,500 spend required starting in 2014
  • Domestic upgrades: Unlimited automatic (subject to availability), including on award tickets, starting five days before departure (really 5pm ATL time six days before departure)
  • International upgrades: can select 4 system-wide upgrades each year, only valid on Y, B, and M fares
  • Bonus Miles: 100%
  • No change fees on award tickets
    SkyPriority
    SkyTeam lounge access when traveling on same-day SkyTeam international itinerary
    PM phone line often answered by outstanding agents at Chisholm call center
    Free EC seats

Diamond Medallion(DM)
  • Qualification requirements: 125,000 PQMs or 140 segments (MQS), $12,500 spend required starting in 2014
  • Domestic upgrades: Unlimited automatic (subject to availability), including on award tickets, starting five days before departure (really 5pm ATL time six days before departure)
  • International upgrades: can select 4, 6, or 10 system-wide upgrades each year, only valid on Y, B, and M fares
  • Bonus Miles: 125%
  • Complimentary Sky Club Membership
    No change fees on award tickets
    SkyPriority
    SkyTeam lounge access when traveling on same-day SkyTeam international itinerary
    DM phone line and IROPs priority
    Free EC seats

Associated Credit Cards

Hawaiian Airlines (HA) HawaiianMiles no alliance
Non-Alliance Airline Partners
All Nippon Airways (NH), American Airlines (AA), China Airlines (CI), Korean Air (KE), JetBlue (B6), Virgin America (VX), Virgin Atlantic (VS), Virgin Australia (VA)

Status
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Associated Credit Cards

JetBlue (B6) TrueBlue no alliance
Main forum: JetBlue | TrueBlue
Non-Alliance Airline Partners
Emirates & Hawaiian

Mosaic
  • Qualification Requirement: 30 segments plus 12,000 base flight points within a calendar year
    or earning 15,000 base flight points within a calendar year.
  • Bonus Miles: 15,000 bonus points upon qualification. 3 extra bonus points per dollar spent (total of 9 per dollar if bookings on jetblue.com
  • Domestic upgrades: None. Use points for Even More Space seats
  • No change fee for Mosaic member + anyone else on the same reservation
  • Even More Speed expedited security and early boarding
  • First and second bag free
  • Dedicated customer service phone line 24/7

Associated Credit Cards

Southwest Airlines (WN) Rapid Rewards no alliance
Non-Alliance Airline Partners
AirTran is scheduled to be assimilated by year-end 2014

A-List
  • Fly 25 paid one-ways or earn 35k Tier Qualifying Points (TQP's) in a calendar year
  • Get 25% bonus on base points
  • Fly By Lane access at security and check-in counter
  • Automatic boarding number assignment at T-36 hours
  • Priority phone number for reservations
  • Priority standby
  • Board after A60 even with a B or C boarding pass

A-List Preferred
  • Fly 50 paid one-ways or earn 70k Tier Qualifying Points (TQP's) in a calendar year
  • Get 100% bonus on base points
  • Fly By Lane access at security and check-in counter
  • Automatic boarding number assignment at T-36 hours ahead of all A-list members
  • Free WiFi where available
  • Higher priority phone number for reservations
  • Higher priority standby
  • Board after A60 even with a B or C boarding pass

Companion Pass
This is an extra free benefit, not an elite level
  • Fly 100 paid one-ways or earn 110k Companion Pass Qualifying Points (CPQP's) in a calendar year
  • Get a pass for free unlimited tickets for a specific, named travel companion, good until the end of the following calendar year; pay the security fee only
  • Companion Pass is usable even when the primary ticket is an award ticket
  • Designated Companion can be changed 3 times per year

Associated Credit Cards

United Airlines (UA) MileagePlus Star alliance
Non-Alliance Airline Partners
Jet Airways (9W), Hawaiian Airlines (HA), Germanwings (4U), Azul (AD), Aer Lingus (EI), Great Lakes Airlines (ZK), Aeromar (VW), Island Air (WP), Cape Air (9K), Silver Airways (3M), Air Dolomiti (EN), Edelweiss (WK)

Redeemable miles (RDM) are earned by base ticket price times multiplier and NOT miles flown. General members and each status tier have a multiplier. For example: $300 base fare x 5 (General Member multiplier) = 1,500 RDM earned. There is a 75,000 RDM limit per ticket.

Premier Silver
  • 2016 Qualification requirement: 25,000 PQMs or 30 segments; $3,000 spend required
  • x7 Silver multiplier
  • Domestic upgrades: Unlimited automatic after Premier Gold as early as day of departure
  • International upgrades: N/A
  • Other Key Benefits: Economy plus free at time of check-in

Premier Gold
  • 2016 Qualification requirement: 50,000 PQMs or 60 segments; $6,000 spend required
  • x8 Gold multiplier
  • Domestic upgrades: Unlimited automatic, after Premier Platinum as early as 48 hours prior to scheduled departure.
  • International upgrades: N/A
  • Other Key Benefits: Free same-day change and reduced award booking fees. Economy plus free at time of booking.

Premier Platinum
  • 2016 Qualification requirement: 75,000 PQMs or 90 segments; $9,000 spend required
  • x9 Platinum multiplier
  • Domestic upgrades: Unlimited automatic after 1K as early as 72 hours prior to scheduled departure. Also 2 Regional Premier Upgrades at 75kPQM.
  • International upgrades: N/A
  • Other Key Benefits: Free same-day change and all award booking fees waived. Economy plus free at time of booking.

1K
  • 2016 Qualification requirement: 100,000 PQMs or 120 segments; $12,000 spend required
  • x11 1K multiplier
  • Domestic upgrades: Unlimited automatic as early as 96 hours prior to scheduled departure. Also 4 Regional Premier Upgrades (Two at 75kPQM, two every 25kPQM thereafter).
  • International upgrades: 6 system-wide upgrades each year at 100kPQM. Two more every 50kPQM thereafter, These are only valid on W and higher fares.
  • Other Key Benefits: Free same-day change and all award booking fees waived. Economy plus free at time of booking. Instant upgrades on M-class domestic economy tickets.

Associated Credit Cards

US Airways (US) Dividend Miles American Airlines AAdvantage oneworld alliance
Note: merger with AA is underway - expected completion o/a 1/1/2016
Alliance: oneworld
Non-Alliance Airline Partners Hawaiian Airlines (HA) (but note for awards, see American Airlines partners)

See American Airlines for status tiers and requirements

Associated Credit Cards

Virgin America (VX) Elevate no alliance
Non-Alliance Airline Partners
Emirates (EK), Virgin Atlantic (VS), Virgin Australia (VA), Hawaiian Airlines (HA), Singapore Airlines (SQ)

Silver
  • Qualification requirement: 20,000 Status Points
  • Space Available Upgrades to Main Cabin Select
  • International upgrades: N/A
  • Bonus Points: 25%
  • Other Benefits: Free Checked Bag

Gold
  • Qualification requirement: 50,000 Status Points
  • Space Available Upgrades to Main Cabin Select
  • International upgrades: N/A
  • Bonus Points: 100%
  • Other Benefits: 3 Free Checked Bags

Associated Credit Cards
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Old Nov 11, 13, 1:21 am
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QUICK GUIDE: Airline Program Benefits - USA [under construction - please help!]

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Old Nov 12, 13, 3:55 am
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Will there be a separate thread and wiki for alliance benefit comparisons?
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Old Nov 12, 13, 6:10 am
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
Will there be a separate thread and wiki for alliance benefit comparisons?
There will be when you start it. Like all of FT, this forum benefits from the contributions of all our members.

Before the forum goes "live", we have posted a few threads to get things started. These threads are not intended to be all that is covered, but rather to show the types of information this forum hopefully will provide.
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Old Apr 25, 14, 2:59 pm
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Just doing some light housekeeping and giving some of our resource threads a bump... hoping some of our more knowledgable FTers might be able to help get the wikiposts updated and/or completed. Feel free to jump in and polish things up a bit!

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Old Apr 25, 14, 7:50 pm
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Added associated credit cards for each airline program. Didn't list all business versions, but it's a start.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 11:23 am
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Since mostly newbies frequent this forum, can we airline names rather than airline code more often, especially the small ones?
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Old Apr 28, 14, 11:32 am
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Originally Posted by UA Fan View Post
Since mostly newbies frequent this forum, can we airline names rather than airline code more often, especially the small ones?
Makes sense to me. Go for it! ^
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Old Apr 28, 14, 12:59 pm
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I added JetBlue Mosaic status
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Added Hawaiian airlines partners


Originally Posted by UA Fan View Post
Since mostly newbies frequent this forum, can we airline names rather than airline code more often, especially the small ones?
I updated the partners for Alaska with the name, and reordered alphabetical by name instead of code

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Old Apr 30, 15, 12:40 pm
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Changed qualification requirements for 2016 United status and updated non-alliance partners. Replaced bonus miles percentage with mileage multiplier.

Added airline partners to Virgin America.
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Old Apr 30, 15, 11:48 pm
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Updated and completed American Airlines | AAdvantage and U.S. Airways | AAdvantage.
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Two quick comments:

- would it make sense to add that the spend requirements are only for US-based accounts (I realise/realize it's a review of US programs/programmes but there are plenty of non-US members who'll be interested)
- should we add invitational tiers (i.e. UA GS?)
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