Flash Sale: Opportunity to Buy Cheap Alaska Miles = Cheap Business Class Flights

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Between now and 20th September 2020, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is offering a targeted bonus on miles purchases. 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 (£642).

But I Don’t Want to Fly to Alaska!

That’s not the idea – 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…

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.

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