Alaska Airlines Beats United, Delta, American, JetBlue and Southwest

Alaska Airlines offers the best elite status program, according to a new study conducted by, which has 4.6 million monthly unique visitors and is a resource for travel news, the company said.

Alaska came out on top overall and in three of four tiers (all but the highest tier of road warriors, those who fly 125,000+ miles and spend USD 15,000+ with airlines per year).

In one of the most comprehensive analyses of its kind, evaluated the elite status offerings of the six largest US-based airlines in eight categories (weightings in parentheses): in-flight perks (25%), fee waivers (20%), bonuses (20%), airport perks (10%), flexible perks (10%), non-flying perks (5%), partner perks (5%) and reservation perks (5%). The overall ranking came out as follows: Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and Southwest Airlines. (TPG) is a trusted travel and lifestyle media platform. Launched in 2010 by founder Brian Kelly, TPG consists of an expert team of travel editors, searching around the clock for the latest deals and breaking industry news.