With Alaska Airlines' membership in the oneworld airline alliance less than four months away (March 31), it was announced that Alaska's elite Mileage Plan members will receive matching oneworld tier status at that time. The matching will work as follows (MVP is Alaska’s Mileage Plan’s elite tier): MVP Gold 75K = oneworld Emerald; MVP Gold = oneworld Sapphire; MVP = oneworld Ruby. Many of the benefits elite flyers currently enjoy on Alaska with their status will seamlessly carry over to the oneworld tiers when they travel on any of the 13 global oneworld member airlines. This means they'll be able to take advantage of a variety of privileges, including priority check-in, access to international first and business class lounges, preferred boarding, fast track through security, baggage benefits and more. Ben Minicucci, Alaska’s president, said that as the airline industry continues to recover, the carrier expects an increasing number of customers to look ahead to international travel once again. Earning elite status with Alaska, he said,  will go even further with benefits in oneworld “to make your journey even more enjoyable."