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The question of which airline loyalty programme you should credit your flights to is complicated, but there are some very good reasons to credit BA flights to Alaska Mileage Plan.
Let’s look at a practical example to show you what I mean – the sale fares I posted about yesterday, and in particular the BA Business Class flights from Prague to San Francisco which cost ~£1,178 Return.
If you credit those flights to British Airways Executive Club, you’ll end up with about 18,000 Avios and 360 Tier Points (assuming you don’t already have elite status). That’s fine – I value 18,000 Avios at ~£180 – so it’s a nice little kickback, but we can do better.
Alaska Mileage Plan’s earning chart for BA flights (and other partner airlines too!) is very generous, as you can see below:
The cheapest Business Class fares earn 250% of the flown distance in redeemable Miles and 150% Elite Qualifying Miles. J,C and D fare classes earn even more.
GCMapper calculates the distance as being 12,037 Miles in total, so you would end up with roughly 30,000 redeemable Miles.
Alaska Miles are significantly more valuable than Avios too – I value 30,000 as being worth ~£500! Remember, you only need 42,500 Alaska Miles to fly Business Class on Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong (one-way) with no ‘surcharges’. There are lots of other amazing redemption options too, some of which I covered here.
MVP status earns an additional 50% of flown Miles, MVP Gold 100%, and MVP Gold 75K earns 125% bonus Miles (+ an additional 50,000 Miles bonus on qualification!).
If we take the most extreme example, a MVP Gold 75K member would earn 375% of flown Miles on BA’s cheapest Business Class fares – a staggering 45,000 Miles in the example above! I value those Miles as being worth about £750, which is way more than half the cost of the flight.
Arguably, you could add on another 10,000 Miles too, as the flight is 20% of the way to re-qualifying and you get the 50,000 bonus Miles if you do re-qualify.
Earning elite status with Alaska Mileage Plan can be surprisingly easy too, because of the wide range of partners:
It’s also worth mentioning that Alaska MVP Gold and Gold 75 members can access the BA lounges at Heathrow (sadly not at other airports though, as far as I know)
Anyone convinced enough to credit BA Flights to Alaska Mileage Plan yet?