Merger Update: Alaska Airlines + Virgin America
The merger closed last Wednesday, December 14th and they celebrated with a flight from Seattle (Alaska HQ) to San Francisco (Virgin HQ) onboard the “More to Love” co-branded plane.
Pamphlet Onboard Virgin America
Details on the merger can be found here: http://www.differentworks.com
1 Virgin America Point -> 1.3 Alaska Airlines Mile
Virgin America Silver -> Alaska Airlines MVP
Virgin America Gold -> Alaska Airlines MVP Gold
Alaska Airlines MVP -> Virgin America Silver
Alaska Airlines MVP Gold, MVP Gold 75K -> Virgin America Gold
I’m already showing MVP status on my Alaska Airlines account even though Virgin America sent me an email stating the benefits would start January 9th, 2017. A reader holding Alaska MVP Gold 75K reported they aren’t showing Virgin America Gold status in their Virgin American account yet. I expect those statuses to be completed on January 9th, 2017 as scheduled.
Alaska Mileage Plan Changes
Alaska announced changes to their award program and introduced 5,000 mile awards for flights/routes less than 700mi. Details can be found here: https://www.alaskaair.com/content/mileage-plan/program-changes.aspx