Comparing Mid-Tier Elite Status by Airline

Elite status among various different airlines come with a number of benefits. I’ve received a fair amount of requests to compare these benefits so yesterday I posted an large table comparing the entry level elite status benefits for the major North American based carriers.

Today, I’ve compiled the list of airline elite benefits for mid-tier status levels – in most cases, this is either the level(s) directly above the entry level tier, or in fact a true mid-level tier. In programs where there are more than several elite tiers, I’ve combined the next 2 status levels for ease of reading, saving the top two for later on when I do a top-tier post.

AirlinesDeltaAmericanUnitedAlaskaSouthwestJetBlueAir Canada 
Program NameGold MedallionAadvantage PlatinumPremiere GoldMVP GoldA-List PreferredTrueBlue MosaicElite 35K/Elite50K
Qualifications50,000 Medallion Qualification Miles or 60 Madallion Qualification Segments50,000 Elite-qualifying Miles/Points50,000 Premier Qualifying Miles or 60 segments40,000 miles -Alaska Airlines Miles or 50,000 combination miles50 one-way qualifying flights or 70,000 Tier qualifying points35,000 miles/35 segments or 50,000 miles/50 segments, respectively
$6,000 Medallion Qualification Dollars60 Elite-qualifying Segments$6,000 Premier Qualifying Dollars60 Segments
Features
Upgrades~Full Y Fare at booking
~Discounted fares (except E) for 3 days
~Award Tickets
~Pay with Miles Tickets
~ Complimentary atuo-requested upgrades on American flights 500 miles or less
Complimentary auto-requested upgrades on US Airways
~ 72-hour upgrade window
~Complimentary access to Economy Plus at booking
~ Complimentary Premier Upgrades
~Confirmations as early as 48 hours
Instant upgrades on Y- or B-class Full-fare economy tickets
~ Complimentary Upgrades on Alaska Airlines
~Upgradable 72 hours prior to departure on complimentary upgrades on non-qualifying fares on Alaska Airlines
Companion UpgradesXXX
Priority BoardingSky PriorityXXXXX
Preferred SeatingXComplimentary Main Cabin Extra and Preferred SeatsXXX
Priority WaitlistXXXXX
Priority Check-inXXXXX
BaggageExpedited Service2 Free checked bags~ Priority baggage handling
~2 bags at 70 lbs. each
PriorityFirst 2 checked bags free3 Bags
Security ScreeningXXXXX
LoungeOn international.On international.Lounge access when traveling internationallyOn international.~3 Maple Leaf Lounge One-time Gues Passes
~Complimentary access toselect Maple Leaf Lounges
Dedicated PhoneXXXX
Fee Wavers~ Waived Baggage Fees
~Waived Same-Day Confirmed Fee
~Waived Same-Day Standby Fees
~ Waived Direct Ticketing Charges
~Reduced or waived close-in award booking fee
~Reduced or waived award redeposit fee
~Reduced or waived award change fee
~Discounted or waived same-day flight changes
~ Checked baggage fee waived for first 2 bagsChange and cancellation fees waivedFirst 3 checked bags free
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 (3 additional miles per dollar)
100% elite mileage bonus100%100% Earning BonusExtra 3 JetBlue points per dollar.35% and 50%, respectively
Crossovers~Earn Miles and Starpoints for Starwood Stays
~1,000 miles per qualifying rental at Hertz
~ Five Star status in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program
Extras~Complimentary access 72 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
~ One complimentary premium beverage on most flights when traveling in the main cabinFree Inflight WiFi

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