Comparing Lowest Level Elite Status by Airline

Not too long ago I wrote a post sharing the benefits of having entry level elite status – that is, the first tier in airline’s elite program part of their frequent flyer program.

It’s helpful to compare the benefits of these beginning status levels side by side, that way you can decide which airline it’s most advantageous for you to fly.

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Is it worth attaining these entry level status levels if you don’t normally fly enough?

AirlinesDeltaAmericanUnitedAlaskaSouthwestJetBlueAir Canada 
Program NameSilver MedallinAadvantage GoldPremier SilverMVPA-ListTrueBlue MosaicPrestige 25K
Qualifications25,000 Medallion Qualification Miles or 30 Madallion Qualification Segments25,000 Elite-qualifying Miles/Points25,000 (and $3,000) PQM20,000 PQM25 one-way qualifying flights or 35,000 Tier qualifying points12,000 base flight points
$3,000 Medallion Qualification Dollars30 Elite-qualifying Segments30 (and $3,000) PQS30 PQS30 segments
Upgrades~Full Y Fare at booking
~Discounted fares (except E) for 1 day
~Pay with Miles Tickets
~ Complimentary atuo-requested upgrades on American flights 500 miles or less
Complimentary auto-requested upgrades on US Airways
~ 24-hour upgrade window
~Complimentary access to Economy Plus at check-in
~ Complimentary Premier Upgrades
~Confirmations as early as day of departure
Instant upgrades on Y- or B-class Full-fare economy tickets
~ Complimentary Upgrades on Alaska Airlines
~Upgradable 48 hours prior to departure on complimentary upgrades on non-qualifying fares on Alaska Airlines
Companion UpgradesXX
Priority BoardingXXXXXX
Preferred SeatingX50% off Main Cabin Extra and Preferred SeatsXX
Priority WaitlistXXXXXX
Priority Check-inXXXXX
Baggage1 Free checked bags~ Priority baggage handling
~1 bag at 50 lbs.
1st and 2nd bag free2 bags
Priority Security ScreeningXXXX
Lounge~4 Maple Leaf Lounge One-time Gues Passes
~Complimentary access to Montreal Maple Leaf Loung for travel to Toronto City Airport
Dedicated PhoneXXXX
Fee WaversBaggage fees waived~Reduced or waived close-in award booking fee
~Reduced or waived award redeposit fee
~Reduced or waived award change fee
~ Checked baggage fee waived for first bagJetBlue change and cancellation fees will be waived for Mosaic members and others on their itinerary
Bonus Points~100% Full Fare/Business MQM Bonus (F, J Fares)
~50% Discounted First/Business/Premium Main Cabin MQM Bonus (P, A, G, C, D, I, Z, Y and B Fares)
~Unlimited Rollover Medallion Qualifcation Miles
~Medallion Mileage Bonus (2 additional miles per dollar)
25% elite mileage bonus25% Earning BonusEarn 15,000 bonus points immediately upon qualifying for 2016 Mosaic status.
Crossovers~Earn Miles and Starpoints for Starwood Stays
~1,000 miles per qualifying rental at Hertz
Extras~Complimentary access 24 hours prior to departure to Delta Comfort+ Seats for U.S. and International Travel~Priority award waitlisting
~Standby for international awards
~Better availability for United Saver Awards in economy
~Better availability for United Saver Awards in select premium cabins
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  1. Tonei says

    This is a great reference!
    I didn’t realize Alaska’s program had been renamed to MPV (Most Patient Vacuum?)
    It might also be helpful to note that Alaska is 25k if you use partners.

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