Mileage Plan

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Mileage Plan is the frequent-flyer program of Alaska Airlines. Members accrue program "miles" by flying Alaska Airlines and partner-operated flights, using co-branded credit cards, and booking vacation and hotel packages, among other methods. Mileage Plan miles can be redeemed for award flights on Alaska Airlines and partner carriers and provide eligibility for elite status with Mileage Plan.


In June 1983, Alaska Airlines introduced their frequent-flyer program, Gold Coast Travel. In 1987, Alaska Airlines acquired Jet America Airlines, which offered a frequent-flyer program that awarded credit by flight segments (number of flights taken), compared to Gold Coast Travel, where members earned credit based on the mileage of flights taken.[1] After acquisition by Alaska Airlines, participants of Jet America's frequent-flyer program were enrolled in Gold Coast Travel, and in September 1989, Gold Coast Travel was renamed Mileage Plan. Alaska Airlines also purchased regional commuter airline Horizon Air in 1986 and incorporated the carrier into Mileage Plan.

In 2016, Alaska Airlines acquired Virgin America, which offered a revenue-based accrual program, Elevate. On January 1, 2018, Elevate was discontinued, with all remaining accounts converted to Mileage Plan accounts.[2]

Oneworld Membership[edit]

In February 2020, Alaska Airlines announced its intention to join the Oneworld airline alliance in the summer of 2021.[3] This would add seven new airline partners, including Iberia, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, and SriLankan Airlines.

In October 2020, Alaska announced its Oneworld membership date had been moved to March 21, 2021.[4]

In December 2020, Oneworld member Qatar Airways established a mileage partnership with Alaska prior to the commencement of nonstop service from Seattle to Doha.

On March 31, 2021, Alaska Airlines officially joined the Oneworld alliance. Alaska temporarily suspended its partnership with S7 Airlines on March 1, 2022, in response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[5]

Alaska Airlines flights, including Horizon Air flights, have been bookable as part of Oneworld Global Explorer fares since 2008.[6]

Accrual Structure[edit]

On all scheduled Alaska Airlines flights, including flights operated by Horizon Air and SkyWest, members accrue one mile per mile flown. On flights under 500 miles, a minimum of 500 miles are awarded.[7] Miles can also be accrued by flying eligible flights on Alaska Global Partners.[8]

Beginning in 2015, most airlines in the United States switched to revenue-based accrual programs, where credit is awarded based on the fare paid. Alaska Airlines has previously indicated that retaining a distance-based accrual program is a competitive advantage over other carriers.[9] Among major carriers in the United States, only Frontier Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines also accrue one mile per mile flown. No other major airline offers a minimum accrual amount (e.g. 500 miles) for passengers lacking elite status.

Partner Airlines[edit]

Mileage Plan includes 30 partner airlines that comprise the Alaska Global Partners.[10] Partner airlines include Oneworld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance members, as well as unaffiliated airlines.

The airline partners of Mileage Plan are:

Alaska Global Partner Airline Alliance Partnership Commenced
Republic of Ireland Aer Lingus[11] (none) 2018
French Polynesia Air Tahiti Nui[12] (none) 2022
United States American Airlines Oneworld 1999
The Bahamas Bahamasair (none) 2023
United Kingdom British Airways Oneworld 2001
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific[13] Oneworld 2003
Germany Condor[14] (none) 2013
Israel El Al[15] (none) 2019
Fiji Fiji Airways[16] Oneworld Connect 2009
Finland Finnair[17] Oneworld 2017
China Hainan Airlines[18] (none) 2015
Spain Iberia Oneworld 2021
Iceland Icelandair[19] (none) 2015
Japan Japan Airlines[20] Oneworld 2016
United States Kenmore Air[21] (none) 2023
South Korea Korean Air[22] SkyTeam 2008
Chile LATAM Chile[23] (none) 1999
Malaysia Malaysia Airlines Oneworld 2021
United States Mokulele Airlines[24] (none) 2023
Canada Porter Airlines[25] (none) 2023
Australia Qantas Oneworld 1984
Qatar Qatar Airways[26] Oneworld 2020
United States Ravn Alaska (none) 2019
Morocco Royal Air Maroc Oneworld 2021
Jordan Royal Jordanian Oneworld 2021
Russia S7 Airlines Oneworld 2021-2023[a]
Singapore Singapore Airlines[28] Star Alliance 2017
United States Southern Airways Express (none) 2023
Sri Lanka SriLankan Airlines Oneworld 2021
Taiwan Starlux Airlines[29] (none) 2023

Future Partners[edit]

Oman Air is expected to be a partner when it becomes a full Oneworld member in 2024.[30] Hawaiian Airlines may become both a Mileage Plan partner and Oneworld member after Alaska Airlines announced plans to acquire the airline on December 3, 2023.[31]

Former Partners[edit]

Delta had been a mileage partner from 2004 until 2017, when it established Seattle as a hub city.[32] The partnership with Delta was preceded by a partnership with Northwest Airlines in 1995, prior to the merger of the two airlines.[33] Alaska Airlines was also a former mileage partner with other SkyTeam members, including Aeromexico, from 2013 until 2017, and Air France and KLM, from 2007 until 2018.[34][35]

Emirates ceased to be a partner in 2021, shortly after Alaska joined the Oneworld alliance. The two airlines had a mileage agreement starting in 2012.

Membership Tiers[edit]

Mileage Plan's elite tiers for frequent travelers are MVP, MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K. Members in elite tiers receive additional benefits compared to non-elite members, including complimentary upgrades to First and Premium Class, increased mileage accrual, priority check-in and boarding, discount or free lounge access, complimentary checked bags and other benefits.

Members may attain elite status through one of the following methods:[36]

Qualification Method MVP MVP Gold MVP Gold 75K MVP Gold 100K
Miles earned on Alaska (and/or) Elite Qualifying Partner flights1 20,000 40,000 75,000 100,000
Segments on Alaska (and/or) Elite Qualifying Partner flights2 30 60 90 140
  • ^1 Includes Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air
  • ^2 Both methods require flying a minimum number of segments on Alaska or Horizon Air (two for MVP; 6 for MVP Gold; 12 for MVP Gold 75K; 25 for MVP Gold 100K)

There is no minimum spending requirement in order to receive elite status in Mileage Plan. Additionally, Members who fly 1,000,000 miles on Alaska Airlines are granted MVP Gold status for life.

Additional Benefits[edit]

Mileage Plan members are permitted to check in one case of wine (up to 12 bottles) for free when flying domestically, if departing from one of 32 airports in California, Idaho, Oregon, or Washington.[37]

In March 2016, Alaska Airlines introduced a promotional award where Mileage Plus members could redeem 10,000 miles to cover the $85 cost of a TSA PreCheck screening application charged by the Transportation Security Administration.[38]

Club 49[edit]

Members who are residents of the State of Alaska, or military personnel permanently stationed in Alaska are eligible to participate in Alaska Airlines' Club 49 program.[39] Benefits include:

  • Two complimentary checked bags on flights to or from Alaska, for participants and all passengers traveling on the same reservation
  • Two Travel Now annual discounts for 30% off refundable one-way coach fares to, from, or within Alaska on Alaska Airlines, when booked within four days of departure
  • Access to constituent fare rates, at a 30% discount, for Alaskans to access the state legislature and state agencies in Juneau
  • Weekly fare sales via email for destinations within and outside Alaska
  • The Freight For Less program, allowing participants to ship up to 100 pounds of freight within Alaska through Alaska Air Cargo for $10 (when flying) or $40 (all other times).[40][41]


As of 2022, Mileage Plan has been the recipient of the U.S. News & World Report Best Airline Reward Program for seven consecutive years since 2015, based on an airline's overall evaluation of six criteria: ease of earning a free round-trip flight, benefits, network coverage, flight volume, award flight availability and airline quality ratings.[42]


  1. ^ Partnership suspended on March 1, 2022, in response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[27]


  1. ^ in Service by Jet America Stops Losses: Move From Oakland to Orange County Pays Off
  2. ^ "Virgin America is now part of Alaska Airlines – Elevate members".
  3. ^ oneworld welcomes Alaska Airlines’ intention to join the alliance
  4. ^ Alliance countdown: Alaska joins oneworld in six months
  5. ^ Statement from Alaska Airlines
  6. ^ Alaska and Horizon join oneworld's Global Explorer round-the-world fare
  7. ^ "Earning Mileage Plan miles on Alaska Airlines".
  8. ^ "Our airline partners that you can earn and use miles with to see the world".
  9. ^ Alaska Airlines announces new enhancements to Mileage Plan
  10. ^ "Our airline partners that you can earn and use miles with to see the world".
  11. ^ Alaska Airlines and Aer Lingus team up to give Mileage Plan members more flights to Europe
  12. ^ Paradise found! Alaska Airlines and Air Tahiti Nui announce new partnership
  13. ^ Alaska Airlines Partners with Cathay Pacific Airways
  14. ^ Alaska Airlines adds Europe's Condor Airlines as Mileage Plan Partner
  15. ^ EL AL Israel Airlines & Alaska Airlines celebrate expanded global partnership
  16. ^ Air Pacific Becomes Alaska Airlines Codeshare and Mileage Plan Partner
  17. ^ Alaska Airlines and Finnair announce frequent flyer partnership
  18. ^ Alaska Airlines adds Hainan Airlines as Mileage Plan Partner
  19. ^ Alaska Airlines and Icelandair Announce Codeshare and Frequent Flier Partnership Agreement
  20. ^ Alaska Airlines Welcomes Japan Airlines as newest Mileage Plan and Codeshare Partner
  21. ^ Kenmore Air
  22. ^ Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air Partner With Korean Air
  23. ^ Passenger Alliances and Commercial Agreements
  24. ^ "Aloha, partner! Alaska Airlines welcomes Mokulele Airlines to Mileage Plan". 15 November 2022.
  25. ^ "Porter Airlines and Alaska Airlines announce key strategic partnership". 13 December 2023.
  26. ^ Qatar Airways Continues U.S. Network Expansion with Launch of Flights to Seattle on State-of-the-Art Boeing 777
  27. ^ "Statement from Alaska Airlines". March 2022.
  28. ^ Alaska's newest partner Singapore Airlines gives guests truly unique flying experience
  29. ^ Alaska Airlines launches partnership with STARLUX Airlines
  30. ^ "Oman Air to join oneworld".
  31. ^ "Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines to Combine, Expanding Benefits and Choice for Travelers Throughout Hawai'i and the West Coast".
  32. ^ Alaska and Horizon to Partner with Delta Air Lines
  33. ^ TIMELINE – 1990S
  34. ^ Aeromexico
  35. ^ Our partnership with KLM ended on April 30th, 2018.
  36. ^ "Earning Mileage Plan elite status".
  37. ^ Wine Flies Free on Alaska Airlines
  38. ^ Alaska Airlines First to Offer Frequent Fliers Option to Redeem Miles for TSA Precheck® Membership
  39. ^ Terms & conditions
  40. ^ "Alaska Airlines adds 'Freight for Less' to Club 49 benefits". 17 October 2017.
  41. ^ Club 49® frequently asked questions
  42. ^ U.S. News Reveals 2021-22 Best Travel Rewards Programs