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A couple of days ago I posted about the superb First Class fares British Airways is offering between the UK and the US at the moment. In what has become something of an annual tradition, it’s therefore now time for me to explain why you might want to credit British Airways flights to Alaska Mileage Plan, rather than to BA Executive Club.
It may sound strange, but crediting BA flights to Alaska really can result in you getting back £100s more in value, so it’s well worth thinking about.
Earn huge amounts of redeemable miles
From the current BA First Class sale, let’s take Inverness to San Francisco (via Heathrow) for £1,840 return as our example.
If you credited the flights (INV-LHR-SFO / SFO-LHR-INV) to British Airways Executive Club, you would earn about 28,000 Avios. I generally value Avios as being worth 1p each, so that’s ~£280 back.
If you credited the flights to Alaska Mileage Plan instead, you would earn about 52,300 Alaska Miles. I value Alaska Miles at roughly 1.5p-1.8p each, so would suggest that 52,300 are worth £780-£950.
(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, when you credit British Airways flights to Alaska Mileage Plan rather than BA Executive Club, you earn a lot more Miles (~86% more in this example), and the Miles are worth a lot more (I’d say 50%+). Put those two elements together and you’re getting about 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, the same ‘A’ fares earn 250% of flown miles if you credit to BA:
When it comes to the number and value of miles earned, it’s difficult to exaggerate how generous a programme Alaska Mileage Plan is for crediting BA flights to.
That said, redeemable miles are only part of the airline loyalty programme equation of course – many readers are interested in elite status too, which is something I’ll address using the same example tomorrow.
Which programme do you credit British Airways flights to?