Talk about serendipity. Alaska Airlines is offering bonus miles AND elite status to students at the University of Washington. That’s great news for me since I’m currently attending their business school and regularly fly Alaska. (HT to Frequent Flyer Bonuses and One Mile at a Time.)
To qualify for this program, you must be currently enrolled as a student at UW and register with your UW email address. It appears that UW and Alaska Airlines will be sharing some personal information (obviously) to confirm your grades, so I expect that they can use the same information sharing to weed out anyone who still uses their email account after graduation.
You must register by October 31, 2017, to get the 5,000 bonus miles. New and current Mileage Plan members can get the miles, regardless of their grades. If you have a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the fall quarter of 2017, then free status will be awarded by January 30, 2018.
- Get MVP status with a GPA of 3.5 to 3.9
- Get MVP Gold status with a GPA of 4.0
MVP Gold status has some great perks like four free guest upgrade coupons to use for yourself or a friend, a 100% bonus on earned award miles, and the ability to change or cancel any ticket without a penalty.
I already have MVP Gold status and am likely to requalify on my own. (As someone who has received a 4.0 in the past, let me tell you, there are better things to do with your life than worry about grades.) But I’ll gladly take the 5,000 bonus miles. That’s enough for a one-way ticket on some Alaska Airlines flights or an easy way to top up your account for an even bigger award.
Terms & Conditions
Offer is valid for University of Washington students who register for the promotion by October 31, 2017, with a valid University of Washington email address. By registering for the promotion, you consent to Alaska Airlines and University of Washington sharing information (including your name, date of birth, UW email address, and confirmation of your GPA range) as necessary to provide confirmation to Alaska Airlines of your eligibility for MVP or MVP Gold status based on your autumn quarter 2017 GPA. Students earning a 3.5 – 3.9 GPA will be awarded MVP status by January 30, 2018, valid through December 31, 2018. Students earning a 4.0 GPA will be awarded MVP Gold status by January 30, 2018, valid through December 31, 2018.
GPA qualification is not required for the 5,000 bonus miles. Allow 1-2 weeks after registering for the 5,000 bonus miles to be posted to your Mileage Plan account. An individual may receive the bonus a maximum of one time, even if they hold multiple separate Mileage Plan accounts. Offer is not combinable with other Mileage Plan enrollment or account activation promotions. Mileage Plan terms and conditions apply.