Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles are a valuable currency. You can redeem Alaska Airlines miles to fly with around 15 different airlines including Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Finnair, Singapore Airlines and Emirates, and most awards are excellent value. The miles required to redeem for a flight are relatively low. There are also no fuel surcharges on award tickets with most partner airlines.
Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to earn Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles in Australia. But the good news is that you can buy Alaska Airlines miles in bulk, directly from the airline. Plus, Alaska Airlines offers regular promotions on buying miles. Right now, for example, you can earn up to 50% bonus miles.
Most recent deal: Up to 50% Bonus Alaska Airlines Miles
The latest promotion on buying Alaska Airlines miles offers up to 50% bonus miles until 28 June 2020.
Note that the offers are targeted and vary between accounts – your offer may be for a different amount of bonus miles. There have been reports of some members receiving offers of up to 60% bonus miles!
With this deal, the bonus amount varies based on the number of Alaskan miles purchased:
- Buy 3,000 to 29,000 Alaskan miles and earn 40% bonus miles
- Buy 30,000-100,000 Alaskan miles and earn 50% bonus miles
This offer may not be available to new Mileage Plan members. If you’re not already a member, sign up now to avoid missing out on the next promotion.
It would cost USD2,750 to purchase the maximum 100,000 miles during this promotion. For this price you would receive 150,000 miles (including 50,000 bonus miles).
This is better than the last promotion in March 2020, where up to 40% bonus miles were offered. It is also unusual for 40% bonus miles to be offered on small purchases of as little as 3,000 miles.
Buying Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles
You can buy Alaska Airlines miles on the Alaska Airlines website.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles start at USD27.50 per thousand excluding any discounts or bonus miles. This price does not include taxes, however U.S. federal excise tax is not currently being charged. The price incrementally becomes slightly cheaper as you buy more miles and there is a purchase limit of 100,000 miles per transaction (excluding bonus miles).
There is an annual purchase limit of 150,000 miles per member (including bonus miles). This limit is waived for Mileage Plan members with MVP, MVP Gold or MVP Gold 75k status.
Redeeming Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles
You can redeem Alaska Airlines miles on around 15 partner airlines, but there is a catch. You can only redeem miles on specific routes as set out in the Mileage Plan award charts.
Although it is not currently in an alliance, Alaska Airlines will join Oneworld in 2021. (There is some speculation that the Mileage Plan award charts could change before Alaska Airlines joins Oneworld – keep this in mind if you don’t have an immediate use for your miles.)
These are some of the most useful Mileage Plan redemptions for Australians:
- Cathay Pacific Business class from Australia to Hong Kong costs only 30,000 miles one-way
- Cathay Pacific Business class flights from Hong Kong to Europe cost 42,500 miles one-way
- Any Japan Airlines Business class booking within Asia costs 25,000 miles one-way, and you may also include a free stopover in Tokyo
- Singapore Airlines flights within south-east Asia cost 25,000 miles one-way in Business or 35,000 miles one-way in First, and you can also include a free stopover in Singapore
- Any Qantas domestic route within Australia costs 20,000 miles one-way in Business or 12,500 miles in Economy
- You can fly from Australia to North America with the following airlines: Qantas, American Airlines, Fiji Airways, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air and Emirates.
- Fly from Australia to Fiji with Fiji Airways for 32,500 miles in Business
- You can also now redeem Alaska Airlines miles for Finnair flights
Mileae Plan’s extensive list of partners and low redemption costs make this an especially competitive program if you want to fly Business class to North America. Award flights on Qantas and American Airlines are great value, although award availability is very limited. Korean Air award availability from Australia to North America is much better, and redeeming Alaskan miles for Korean Air flights is excellent value if you book a return trip.
Do note that Cathay Pacific award availability is limited for Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members. Cathay releases fewer award seats to Mileage Plan than it does to Oneworld partner airlines.
With Mileage Plan, there are no fuel or carrier surcharges except when redeeming miles for Hainan Airlines flights.
Most Mileage Plan awards can be booked on the Alaska Airlines website. But you’ll need to call Alaska Airlines on on +1 (800) 252 7522 to redeem miles with Cathay Pacific or LATAM Airlines. The Alaska Airlines call centre is open from 5am to midnight, California time. (It is closed during the evening in Australia.)
You can discuss the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Alaska airlines mileage plan
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