Airline Elite Status Program Comparison

Here’s some high level of comparison among the major U.S. carriers’ frequent flyer programs.

Tiers Spending Requirements Complimentary Upgrades Fee Waivers
Alaska 3 No Yes Yes
American 3 No Yes Yes
Delta 4 Yes Yes Some
JetBlue 1 Yes No Yes
Southwest 2 No No No fees
United 4 Yes Yes Some
Virgin America 2 Yes Limited Yes

Without the spending requirements, Alaska, American, and Southwest really stood out.

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