Alaska Airlines, Virgin America

Virgin America Status Match Available (ahead of merger with Alaska)

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You probably know by now that Virgin America has been acquired by Alaska Airlines

If you fly either airline, now is a good time to get some status rolling. If you have ANY status with United, Delta, American, or even Southwest or Jetblue, you are eligible for a match to Elevate Silver or Gold (depending on your current level).

The key terms are (from the Virgin Website):

How We’ll Match Your Status

Check the chart below to see how we’ll match your qualifying elite status in another airline’s frequent flyer program to Elevate Gold or Elevate Silver status. Once we’ve matched your status, you’ll get priority perks and special treatment whenever you fly with us.¹

ELEVATE STATUSJETBLUE TRUEBLUE
Elevate GoldTrueBlue Mosaic
Elevate StatusUnited Airlines MileagePlus®American Airlines AAdvantage®
Elevate GoldGlobal Services, Premier 1K, Premier PlatinumExecutive Platinum, Platinum
Elevate SilverPremier Gold, Premier SilverGold
Elevate StatusDelta SkyMiles®Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards®
Elevate GoldPlatinum Medallion, Diamond MedallionCompanion Pass
Elevate SilverGold Medallion, Silver MedallionA-List Preferred, A-List

You’ll need to email them your name and Elevate number, plus a screenshot of your most recent mileage summary or a copy of your membership card showing your name and current elite level with a qualifying airline.

And then you have 90 days to earn the right to keep the status until 2017.

 

Keep Your Elevate StatusStatus Points RequiredReduced Status Points for Virgin America Visa Card holders**
Elevate GoldEarn 12,000 Status PointsEarn 8,000 Status Points
Elevate SilverEarn 5,000 Status PointsEarn 3,000 Status Points

Make sure you time this where you know you will hit the status level required. As a reminder you earn 5 Elevate points per dollar spent, so you’ll need so spend $1,000 in that 90 days to hold onto status (a bit less if you have the Virgin Visa)
Just head over to the Virgin America Status Match page for comprehensive details and to get your match on.

 

They are also changing the way you earn points – such that elite members will earn even more:

Increase to Bonus Rewards points earn for Gold and Silver Members:
• Elevate® Silver Members will now earn 50 percent more points above base rate of 5 points per $1 of spend, up from 25 percent. This represents a total bonus of 7.5 points per $1 spent.

• Elevate® Gold Members will now earn 140 percent more points above base rate of 5 points per $1 of spend, up from 100 percent. This represents a total bonus of 12 points per $1 spent.

There is also a note in today’s announcement that reward flights will count towards status – but they aren’t clear if that is flight segments or points earned on the real fare of the ticket you are using Elevate points for. If anyone know that, please let me know in the comments.