Did You Get 10,000 Free Alaska Airlines Miles?

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As you probably know, Alaska Airlines has acquired Virgin America and they are in the middle of aligning their programs. You can read a bit more about the timeline for all of that here, but a major date in the process is actually today, January 9th.

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This is scheduled to be the first day where you can able to transfer your Virgin America points to Alaska Airlines miles at a rate of 1 Virgin America Elevate point = 1.3 Alaska Airlines miles. However, it turns out that January 8th was actually a pretty cool date for some Alaska Airlines members too, as there are lots of reports of 10,000 bonus miles showing up in accounts yesterday with the activity type listed as:

“SPECIAL SERVICES ELEVATE MEMBER OTO 10K BONUS”

I got the bonus miles myself and I have no elite status with either program, haven’t linked my Elevate and Alaska accounts, and haven’t earned any non-credit card related miles with either program in as long as I can remember. I do currently have the Alaska Airlines credit card, but otherwise I am completely meaningless to either program, and yet I still got the miles.

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Amol at Travel Codex may have found something related to the bonus miles here, but I really don’t know why I got them. It is always possible they will disappear from my account as quickly and mysteriously as the appeared, but I sort of doubt it given that they are in the middle of a merger and probably don’t want to do much to upset members of either program at this juncture.

Based on a look at this Flyertalk thread it is clear that not everyone got the 10,000 bonus miles, but enough did that it is worth a peek at your Alaska account to see if January 8th was also your lucky day.

Stay tuned for more information about how to transfer miles between programs and more when it goes live later today. So, did you get 10,000 mysterious bonus Alaska Airlines miles?

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  1. 10,000 Alaska miles(or $100 discount code) is for all Elevate members.. If you already have an Alaska Mileage Plan number or one is already assigned, go to the below link and enter the details to get 10,000 miles or $100 discount code. If not wait for the system to generate an Alaska Mileage Plan number and repeat the above steps

    https://www.alaskaair.com/elevatemember/activate

    Note: Choice of 10,000 bonus miles or $100 discount is valid only for active members of Virgin America Elevate as of December 5, 2016 who were not members of Alaska Mileage Plan

  2. Have already flew 8 trips from Anchorage to help my daughter whose stage 4 cancer in Oregon. Sure could have used those additional miles. 🙁

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