Double Elite Qualifying Miles on Alaska!

In discussing whether or not we’d see a Double Elite Qualifying Miles promotion from the main US carriers, I neglected to consider my “hometown” airline, and it seems Alaska is offering double EQMs on selected routes through May 31st!

Alaska Double Elite Qualifying Miles

Not surprisingly, many of these routes overlap with Delta’s new frequencies from Seattle, though it’s interesting Alaska has chosen to respond with bonus Elite miles in addition to redeemable miles.

Registration is required prior to travel, though it’s worth noting this should stack with their other bonus mile promotion. To qualify flights must be marketed and operated by Alaska Airlines, and bonus miles should credit to your Mileage Plan account 4-6 weeks after travel is completed. Certainly a nice benefit for west coast Alaska flyers!

(Tip of the hat to Mac & eponymous_coward)

Comments

  1. Kind of annoying since I have booked an MR to hit MVPG already…

    But timing is good in that I have travel on a qualifying route booked tomorrow… though all that will do is increase my overshoot of 40K

    As far as I can tell the double qualifying does not require ticket purchase by 12/31, which the DL double PDM did require.

    AS might not have an accounting charge for EQMs since they cannot be redeemed, while double RDMs carry an accounting charge.

  2. I knew there was a benefit to keep your blog in my reader. I completed the bonus miles promotion a while back (within 2 weeks after it came out). However I did not know about the double EQM. My project in Seattle is about done and I am on my last trip. Oh well could have used the double EQM

  3. the problem with the DEQM is that these fares are seldom MR worthy. The cheapest fares from Seattle to say is ~$120. Roundtrip it would be ~2500 EQM~5 cpm. However $120 fare is normally only available weeks out.

  4. The problem with the Alaska DEQM is that these fares are seldom MR worthy. The cheapest fares from Seattle to say is ~$120. Roundtrip it would be ~2500 EQM~5 cpm. However $120 fare is normally only available weeks out.

    If they had the DEQM on the Boston/Newark route that would have been lucrative

  5. @Asar:

    SEA-LAX is 954 miles, so round trip it’s 3816 EQM. SEA-LAX has lots of $158 round trip fares. So more like 4.1 CPM for EQM. And that’s not counting RDM bonuses. The stackable promo (5K RDM bonus for 2 r/t, 10K RDM for 3 r/t) makes the short west coast runs more interesting.

  6. It is hard to ever find true MR-worthy fares on AS. They don’t have the routing options to stretch the mileage, and they often don’t match low transcon fares.

    But if you have to go to LA anyway, might as well use LAX & AS

  7. PS – can delete my note above about the accounting difference if AS is issuing double RDMs… Still nice that I saw this since +1 & I are flying one of the routes tomorrow.

  8. Thought you might be covering the enhanced Alaska Airlines credit card bonus. But since you haven’t, maybe I can ask on this thread: how often can you churn the BofA Alaska Airlines card? Anyone you know do it in 60 days (general advice seems to be 90 days).

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