Buy Alaska Miles at Potentially Their Lowest Price Ever!

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Between now and 28 June, 2020, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is offering a targeted bonus when you purchase miles direct from the airline. Different accounts may see different bonuses, so you’ll have to log in to your Mileage Plan account to discover your own personal bonus…

My account received a 50% bonus offer, structured in this manner:

  • 40% bonus when buying 3,000-29,000 miles
  • 50% bonus when buying 30,000+ miles

If you buy 30,000 miles with a 50% bonus, you’ll receive 45,000 miles. This would cost you $825 (£665).

However, some people are reporting bonuses of 60%, which is the highest bonus that Mileage Plan has ever offered!

But I Don’t Want to Fly to Alaska!

Neither do I… but most of us are members of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan in order to spend those miles on partner rewards.

The best deal for Europeans is still Cathay Pacific Business Class. For 42,500 miles each way, you can fly to/from Hong Kong. (but you cannot connect onwards in Asia without paying for a separate reward)

First Class will cost you 70,000 miles each way, which is also the price for one-ways in First Class between North America and Asia on Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines.

And if you are a travel hacker at heart, you can manage to take great advantage of Alaska’s policy to allow stopovers on one-way rewards. Regular readers will know that InsideFlyer UK has highlighted many of the better sweetspots over the years…

The Bottom Line

Of course, it may not be quite the time to be buying miles. It may be awhile yet before travel returns to “normal”. But it’s worth logging in to your Alaska account and seeing what bonus you’ve been targeted for.



  1. CC says

    Not got a mileage plan account yet wonder if new members will get this offer. Before I do so is anyone aware of any bonus miles for new accounts? Couldn’t see anything on quick google search.

    • Craig Sowerby says

      Actually one of the restrictions is that your account must be open for at least 10 days before you can buy miles. Of course there’s no harm in opening an account now – we might see even better offers in 2020…

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