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Yesterday I shared the great news that 10,000 free bonus Alaska miles were appearing in lots of Alaska Mileage Airlines Mileage Plan accounts, and now we know a bit more as to why the miles were appearing, and there is even more good news for those who don’t yet have the surprise bonus miles. Based on the Alaska Airlines responses on Twitter and information shared with The Points Guy and Single Flyer, it looks like all Alaska Airlines members who also had “active” Virgin America Elevate accounts as of December 5, 2016, will get the miles!
I am not sure what exactly qualifies as an “active” Virgin America account as there are reports of those with no activity in their Virgin America accounts getting the miles. My only activity in my Virgin America account is for some free points I got via signing up for newsletters and such, so I don’t think the bar is set too high for “active”.
If you should qualify for the 10,000 free Alaska miles and haven’t yet received them, you can just sit tight a bit longer and either they should arrive on their own, or you can reach out to @AlaskaAir on Twitter and they seem to be helping folks out who provide their Alaska and Virgin America account numbers via Private Message. It is possible your two accounts just did not automatically line up due to using slightly different names, email addresses, etc.
It is also worth a mention that some who were Virgin America Elevate members as of December 5th, but not members but of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, are getting targeted offers of 10,000 bonus Alaska miles or a $100 discount code when they activate their new Alaska Mileage Plan accounts. It sounds like Alaska and Virgin are making their merger as fun and rewarding as possible!
What makes this all even cooler is that 10,000 Alaska miles are actually enough for a free flight on many routes, or even a round trip flight on some shorter routes! As I will share in more detail a little later today, you can also even now use your Alaska miles to fly on a Virgin America operated flight as shown above!
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