Elite Transfer

Elite Transfer 2016-01-31T19:41:51-07:00

I enjoyed your article, Deceptively Worthless Miles, and was curious how you were able to get Alaska Airlines MVP-Gold membership? Did you just ask or need to tell them you were another airlines’ elite member to get them to match it?

Thanks in advance.



Answered by The Penny Pincher

Hi David,

Thanks for the comments,

Most airlines view transferring elite status as the opportunity to win-over a proven loyal customer. Having elite status establishes your credentials of being a good customer. Excuse my shameless plug, but…I do provide a thorough discussion of this in my book The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel Second Edition.

For now, call Alaska Airline’s Mileage Plan at 1-800-654-5669 (8:00 a.m-6:00 p.m, PT, Monday-Friday), and tell them that you are planning to start flying Alaska Airlines, and want to transfer your elite membership to them. They will ask you to fax or send a copy of your current elite membership and will issue your new status within a week.

If you don’t have elite status with another airline, then your job will be a bit tougher, but using good selling skills you can get it done.

After telling the Alaska Airline representative that you plan to start flying her airline, state that you have not established elite status with any airline but realize the benefits of being loyal to a quality air carrier. Continue saying that you hope to build a long-term relationship with Alaska Airlines and would appreciate a head start. Offer to fax your business card, and explain why and how you will be a frequent flier.

Remarkably, I have found Alaska Airlines to be very responsive to their customers. If the agent dose not immediately agree to issue your elite membership, ask if she can have her supervisor review your request with your accompanying documentation (business card, current trips in planning, your sphere of influence—bringing others into the fold), get her name and call back in a few days.

A little pleading should do the trick. Good luck and let me know how it works out.