Published on : Thursday, September 21, 2017
It is according to a research report, where the Alaska Airlines offers the elite status programs to compete against the five competing domestic companies.
The offers include the in-flight benefits, fee waivers, bonuses, airport perks, flexible perks, non-flying perks, partner perks and reservation perks.
Alaska Airlines offers the elite status, based on miles rather than spending.
Alaska Airlines has claimed for some time they are not moving towards the model. Alaska Airlines awards the perks to even its lowest tiers of elite fliers.
The travellers who fly 25,000 miles a year on Alaska can achieve its lowest-level elite plan and receive 50% in bonus miles, which is the equivalent of $237.50 in travel.
In comparison, United Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Airlines give two miles per dollar spent to their customers, with a yielding of $90 in flights from United Airlines, $84 in flights on American Airlines, and $72 on Delta Airlines. JetBlue and Southwest do not even offer elite services to the passengers.
Alaska Air offers only 794 flights a day compared to the 4,500 flights United Airlines offers. The perks offered by Alaska Air also begin drop off for the most frequent flyers.
The passengers who travel 75,000 miles a year or spend $9,000 annually are better off flying with United Airlines.
It is because there are12 premier upgrades, which has enhanced the award availability, and complimentary food and drinks for its top tier flyers. Other top airlines are similar in that bracket.