Alaska Airlines has changed the policy on its frequent flyer program in regards to family leave. Previously, if new parents wanted to keep their elite status on their mileage plan, they were unable to.
Under Alaska Airline’s new hold program called Elite Leave, benefits accrued will be held and roll over to the next calendar year. For example, if a family takes leave in 2017 the benefits will roll over to 2018.
According to an Alaska Airlines press release, the idea for Elite Leave was suggested by a frequent flyer who reached out to the company after she had a baby. She said she was upset about possibly losing her benefits. When word reached the airline’s leaders they implemented the leave program.
Erin Kirkland of AKontheGO.com said its a quick process that’s not clunky at all. New parents can sign up by emailing their full name, date of birth, Mileage Plan number and proof of leave to email@example.com. It should be noted that a family has to provide proof of leave that lasts three weeks or more. Then, Alaska Airlines will verify the family’s eligibility and enroll them in Elite Leave.
More information can be found at the Alaska Airlines website.