Alaska Mileage Plan Matches Virgin Elite Status – Now MVP Gold + Found Miles

by Adam

Wow, my Virgin America Elevate status match from early 2016 has really paid off these last several months. I originally matched as work had me flying to Vegas from New York on Virgin America and I wanted to upgrade to First (Elevate Gold members can purchase discounted First Class upgrades beginning 24 hours before departure).

A few months later, JetBlue was offering a points match with Virgin. I ended up earning 75K JetBlue points for 2.5 hours and $99.

Then this morning, that same Virgin America Elevate status resulted in my Mileage Plan account being upgraded to MVP Gold status, much sooner than I had expected. Thanks Virgin!

I received an email from Alaska informing me of the new status and offering the choice of 10K miles or $100 off an Alaska operated flight. Now, I had already previously received the 10K bonus a few days earlier and the website seemed to be aware. I was not able to select either option. Although this was a new Mileage Plan number, the system recognized that I had a previous account and I had to call in to complete the MVP Gold upgrade.

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Upon calling in, I was directed to a super nice agent who told me that I had been awarded the 10K miles, though I could revert back to the $100 discount if I wanted. I stuck with the miles. In addition, she performed a few account searches and found several old and expired accounts with 1-3,000 miles in them! She moved those into the new account as well.

About 10 minutes later I received the email below with the new MVP Gold status.


Related: Earned 75K JetBlue TrueBlue Points Today – Total of 2.5 Hours & $99!

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Jimmy Gottfredson January 11, 2017 - 3:23 pm

Hey Adam, Did the same status match and also have been so surprised at the upside for Elevate members during the acquisition. I’m curious did you receive the 2 for 25% off promo codes when you were approved for the match? It’s been the one part of the status match Virgin has been slow to get to me.

Adam January 11, 2017 - 3:30 pm

@Jimmy, I never received the 2 for 25% off promo codes, though I wasn’t promised them as part of my match.


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