Did Alaska Airlines Give You 10K Miles for Free? Many Readers Have Received This Nice Gift!


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Alaska Airlines recently completed their merger with Virgin America. Apparently as part of the merger (or possibly as a mistake), they have deposited 10,000 miles into many member accounts. While neither my wife nor I have received any miles (BOO!), several readers have reported in the Miles to Memories Facebook group that they have received them.

Apparently the miles are coded as follows:


I have seen enough reports of this bonus posting to believe it is fairly widespread, however there are some people including myself who haven’t received it. The use of the term “Elevate Member” certainly refers to Virgin America’s loyalty program. At the very least it is probably worth checking your account to see if it has posted.

Did you receive this 10K bonus? If so, do you have any idea what triggered it?

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  1. Just checked and confirmed that I have received the 10K miles today. Not sure what triggered it though. Never flew with them before but did have their personal and business cards which I cancelled last year. Am also a Virgin America member to get in on that points match offer with JetBlue. Also never flew with Virgin America nor have any credit cards with them.

  2. I received the 10k. Never flown Alaska, flown VA roundtrip once. MVP status w/ Alaska due to status match from Frontier. No status with VA. Have biz and personal Alaska cards.

    Do you have status w/ Alaska?

  3. My wife got 10K but I didn’t. Neither of us have ever flown Virgin America but had signed up for an account in when the merger was announced…

  4. Yep. Saw it today when I ran award wallet update, wasn’t there 24 hrs ago. Keyed in “ELEVATE MEMBER OTO 10K BONUS” into google and got a couple of links explaining it. this was on of the links.

  5. I received the 10k. I am an MVP gold member with Alaska. None of my other family members received and none have status with Alaska. We all have Elevate accounts, but mine was the only one with activity, even though it was Starwood transfer activity

  6. My wife got it today. She just had a flight Virgin America yesterday..maybe related to that as well. I am hoping somehow magically shows up on mine also…

  7. Got the 10k miles. I’m not particularly active on either carrier though: in 2016, I flew VX once (SFO-LAX) and AS three times (SJC-SEA x2, SEA-SJC). I applied for (but didn’t end up flying) the B6 match.

  8. My wife received the 10k, but I did not. AND I was the one who signed us both up, HA! Perhaps it’s because we both got the Alaska BofA card. We paid hers off 1st, and will be paying off mine tomorrow

  9. Shockeroo- yes I did!! Wow. I didn’t know anything about this until I saw your post. I only had some Elevate miles from signing up for a couple of newsletters in the past few months (per travel blog posts).


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