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Transfer all your points to Virgin America before completion of merger with Alaska Airlines

by Chairman on Dec.22, 2016, under Airlines

With the pending merger between Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, Alaska will be merging its Mileage Plan with Virgin America’s Elevate Frequent Flyer programs. Virgin America’s Elevate Points will be converted to Alaska Mileage Plan miles at a rate of 1.3 Mileage Plan miles per 1 Elevate point. Unlike previous airline frequent flyer program conversions where it’s 1:1, the Virgin to Alaska miles conversion will net you 30% more miles. Everyone should try to earn more Virgin Elevate Points before the merger of the two frequent flyer programs.

Given Alaska’s generosity, we also recommend you move your hotel points to Virgin America’s Elevate points. For example, transferring your Starwood (SPG) Starpoints to Virgin America Elevate points is 1 Starpoint for 1 Elevate Point. If you transferred 20,000 SPG Starpoints, SPG would give you another 5,000 points for the transfer. After transferring the SPG Starpoints to Virgin Elevate Points and the Alaska Virgin frequent flyer merger, you can net up to 63% bonus in Alaska miles. We highly recommend you execute the above strategy before the Alaska and Virgin America programs merge on January 9, 2017.

Here are two related articles you may also find interesting:

If you are not an Alaska Airlines frequent flyer or do not want to maintain too many airline accounts, did you know that you can bank your airline miles with SkyTeam and OneWorld partners!? Click here to find out.

Here’s an article on why we think hotel points are more valuable than airline miles.

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Where to bank your Alaska Airlines air miles

by Captain G on Apr.26, 2009, under Airlines

I have flown Alaska Airlines a number of times but do not have a Mileage Plan account. Since Alaska Airlines’ partners are across OneWorld and SkyTeam alliances, I usually bank my airline miles with either American or Delta whenever I fly Alaska Airlines. If you have Delta Medallion status, Delta also gives you bonus miles when you are on an Alaska flight - unlike Star Alliance partners. Unless you live in Seattle or Portland, I don’t see any value in managing another mileage account.

Once you decide to bank your Alaska flight on one of their partners, you should always keep a copy of your Alaska Airlines ticket stub. Alaska Airlines does not always send your flight itinerary information to its partners. Alaska Airlines has failed to send Delta and American Airlines my flight information which led to me filling out multiple missing credit forms. Delta and American both require ticket stubs as a proof of flight in order to give you mileage credit. A credit card receipt or email itinerary from Alaska Airlines is not good enough. To save yourself the hassle of dealing with missing mileage credit (which is yours) from an Alaska Airlines partner, make sure you keep the Alaska Airlines ticket stub the next time you board an Alaska flight and are banking on a partner airline.

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