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It may sometimes feel like InsideFlyer is the marketing wing of Alaska Mileage Plan, but there’s a very good reason for that – (no, it’s not money! We’ve never asked for, or received, a single cent/penny from Alaska. We probably should… 🙂 ), it’s simply because Alaska Mileage Plan is so much better than most UK-based flyers realise. It’s particularly brilliant for British Airways flyers.
Let’s look at a practical example, using the excellent First Class BA fares from Inverness to Chicago that Rewardscollector posted about yesterday – starting at just £1,582.
Huge amounts of redeemable Miles
If you credited the flights (INV-LHR-ORD / ORD-LHR-INV) to British Airways Executive Club, you would earn about 21,260 Avios. We generally value Avios as being worth 1p each, so that’s ~£212 back.
If you credited the flights to Alaska Mileage Plan instead, you would earn about 37,600 Alaska Miles. I personally value Alaska Miles at roughly 1.5p-1.8p each, so would suggest that 37,600 are worth ~ £600.
(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.)
In other words, you earn a lot more Miles (~80% more in this example), and the Miles are worth a lot more (I’d say 50%+), when you credit to Alaska Mileage Plan rather than British Airways Executive Club. When you put those two elements together, you’re getting almost 3x more back in ‘value’!
As you can see below, the Alaska Mileage Plan earning chart for BA flights (and many other partner airlines too) is very generous – but astonishingly so for First Class:
Yep – the lowest First fare bucket earns a massive 450% of flown miles! For comparison ‘A’ fares earn 250% of flown miles if you credit to BA:
Crediting BA First Class flights to Alaska Mileage Plan is a superb way to get a big chunk of ‘value’ back from the cost of your ticket.
The value of redeemable Miles isn’t everything though – many readers care about elite status too – so I’ll take a look at that tomorrow. You may be surprised by the results…