Yesterday I posted about Alaska’s promotion offering double Mileage Plan miles for travel on Emirates between March 1 and May 31, 2012. Before I get too far into this post, let me say this post is simply intended to look at some of the more “fun” options for earning status, or at the very least paying for business/first class and getting a decent bit of value out of it.
Through this promotion they’re offering double miles for travel on Emirates, and it’s assumed that MVP Gold members will also receive the 100% elite mileage bonus for travel on Emirates. If you’re not an elite member with Alaska, it’s worth noting that they’ll typically status match mid-tier elites and above in other programs to MVP Gold status, so it’s not all that tough of a status level to attain.
Anyway, Emirates has some very reasonable premium cabin fares originating outside of the US that could earn you a ton of Alaska Mileage Plan miles during the double miles promotion. Of course positioning costs could negate the value of this, but if you’re thinking of vacationing somewhere anyway, it’s not quite as bad.
For example, take a look at this Cairo to Seattle business class fare on Emirates through Dubai:
When you do the math on that, that’s 17,856 flown miles. With the double miles promotion, that’s 35,712 miles. If you’re an MVP Gold member you get an additional 100% mileage bonus, for a total of 53,568 miles. Since this is paid business class you’re earning an additional 25% bonus miles, for a total of 58,032 redeemable miles and 22,320 elite qualifying miles (base miles plus 25%), nearly enough for MVP status.
Originating in Cairo is incredibly inconvenient, though I’ve been meaning to visit Egypt for a while, so I’d have to book an award ticket either way. I’m kind of tempted to pick up one of these fares, not just for the nearly 60,000 redeemable miles and MVP status, but also to try Emirates business class.
It’s also worth noting that since there’s an overnight in Dubai in both directions, Emirates will provide you with a complimentary room at the Le Meridien as a business class passenger.
More than anything else, though, I’m tempted to pick up a paid first class ticket out of Colombo, Sri Lanka, as outlined here. That offer is more lucrative than ever, now that you can actually credit miles flown on Emirates to a good frequent flyer program, not to mention earn double miles over the next few months.
Anyone else tempted?