As of later today (January 9, 2017), it will be possible for Virgin America Elevate members to link their accounts and match their status to Alaska Mileage Plan. This follows Alaska’s takeover of Virgin America closing a few weeks ago. While we don’t yet know all the details of what the future combined loyalty program will look like (or the future combined airline, for that matter), this is certainly a step in the right direction.
However, leading up to this new linking opportunity, many Alaska Mileage Plan members are reporting 10,000 bonus miles appearing in their account with the description “SPECIAL SERVICES ELEVATE MEMBER OTO 10K BONUS.”
Unfortunately it’s not entirely clear what’s triggering this. It’s obviously somehow related to Virgin America Elevate based on the description, though beyond that it’s anyone’s guess.
Based on the FlyerTalk thread discussing these miles appearing, there doesn’t seem to be much consistency. In other words, there’s not a single consistent metric that seems to be causing this, be it elite status in one program or the other, having a certain credit card, etc.
A couple of weeks ago select members received an email inviting them to link their accounts, though even that doesn’t consistently seem to be leading to the 10,000 miles posting.
Did you have 10,000 bonus Alaska miles post to your account within the past 24 hours?