Alaska Airlines is once again breaking industry trends in the US Aviation Market and doing something actually for the customers and not for the stock holders. This week, Alaska further enhancing their frequent flyer program with a little announcement; United take note, Alaska is truly Frequent Flyer Friendly!
Alaska Airlines has announced that they will waive the $25 fee for the first checked bag for all Mileage Plan members January 1-31! Alaska is attempting to persuade more individuals flying Alaska Airlines to explore Alaska’s award winning frequent flyer program instead of crediting their miles to one of Alaska’s many partner airlines—including American and the Seattle hub-invading Delta.
Throughout the month of January Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members can check one bag free.* The airline is waiving its standard $25 bag fee to encourage new and existing members to experience the benefits of Alaska’s award-winning frequent flier program. “We are excited to offer all Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members a great perk when they fly with us during January – one free checked bag,” said Caroline Boren, Alaska Airlines’ managing director of loyalty marketing and customer care. “Starting the year by sampling Alaska’s award-winning loyalty program and beginning to earn miles toward a weekend getaway or the vacation of a lifetime is a great way to kick off 2015.” Customers traveling next month who are not Mileage Plan members can sign up for free online prior to their trip or at the airport before they check their bags. Sign up for Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan in about one minute online atwww.alaskaair.com/mileageplan. All checked bags come with Alaska’s baggage service guarantee. If a customer’s checked bag does not reach baggage claim within 20 minutes of the plane’s arrival at the gate, the customer is entitled to a $25 discount for use on a future Alaska Airlines flight or 2,500 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles.
Alaska Airline is kicking off the new year with this awesome promotion that will save thousands of passengers $25 each way on their trips in January. In addition, they are using this promotion to remind people why Alaska’s frequently flyer program has rated among the highest in the J.D. Power’s satisfaction report year in and year out.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, which ranked highest in J.D. Power’s 2014 Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report, stands apart from other airline frequent flier programs.
Members of Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan can:
- earn miles based on distance flown, regardless of fare paid;
- earn up to 75 percent bonus miles starting Jan. 1 when they purchase first class, refundable coach and business fares;
- earn elite-qualifying miles on Alaska and 12 international airline partners;
- use their miles for one-way award travel on most airline partners to more than 700 destinations worldwide; and
- earn elite status for as little as 20,000 miles a year, with no minimum spend requirement.
In order to take part in this promotion, only 1 person on each reservation is required to have a mileage plan number at the time of check in (new account or old), others flying on the same reservation can credit their flights to a different frequent flyer program but still save $25. The first check bag must weigh 50 pounds or less to avoid overweight charges and be smaller than 62 linear inches. A second check bag will cost $25 and a third bags or more is $75 each. The promotion only covers Alaska Airline and Horizon air flights (including those operated by Skywest and PenAir) and do not cover codeshare flights on partner airlines.
Alaska Airline has been generous this year with a number of true program enhancements which includes earning elite qualification miles on all partners, a new earning bonus for certain fare classes, confirming NO revenue based earning structure, and offering a number of double mile promotions throughout the year. Alaska has done flyers right in their major markets of the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. I hope Alaska stays true to their name and continues to be the little airline that could and does!