Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is one of the few ways of purchasing miles cheaply to then redeem on partner airlines like Qantas, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines. This is especially useful for cheaper Business Class redemptions internationally and domestically.

Promotions are often run that enable you to purchase miles for cheaper or get a bonus allocation on top. You can check the latest offers in our dedicated guide here.

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About Alaska Mileage Plan

If you need a refresher on the Alaska Mileage Plan program, you can our dedicated article below.

Things to know before purchasing miles

Some readers have noted that purchases made using an Australian credit card have been declined, and when making an enquiry about this with Alaska Airlines, were advised that only cards issued in the US, Canada or Mexico would work.

I, however, have found that when I make a payment using my American Express Platinum card, I have no issues. I’m not sure whether it is just specific to the Amex Platinum or whether all Australian-issued American Express cards will work. Please provide commentary if anyone has successfully used an Australian American Express card, or any Australian credit card for that matter.

Alaska accounts need to be ten days old to be able to buy miles, so sign up for one in advance if you like the look of a deal.

You can purchase a total of up to 150,000 miles per calendar year (unless you are an elite member, in which case there is no limit). There is also a cap of 60,000 miles per transaction (plus any additional promotional miles).

There is also a limit of four transactions in 30 days on the same credit card which is applied from points.com who processes the transaction, so use a different card number for more transactions, but with your same Mileage Plan account, and you should be fine.

Other things to note is that buying Alaska miles does not code as travel-spend on a credit card and that these miles expire after 24 months of inactivity in your account although with an option to reinstate for a fee.

Other ways to earn Alaska miles

If you have American Express Membership Rewards points, you can transfer them to Marriott Bonvoy. From there, you can convert your points into Alaska miles. More info on that here.

You can also credit certain flights to your Mileage Plan account. You can find our dedicated guide on this below.

How to purchase Mileage Plan miles

Some readers have noted that purchases made using an Australian credit card have been declined, and when making an enquiry about this with Alaska Airlines, were advised that only cards issued in the USA, Canada or Mexico would work.

I, however, have found that when I make a payment using my American Express Platinum card, I have no issues. I’m not sure whether it is just specific to the Amex Platinum or whether all Australian-issued American Express cards will work. Please provide commentary if anyone has successfully used an Australian American Express card, or any Australian credit card for that matter.

To purchase mileage plan miles during this promotion, you can use the link below.

Redeem Mileage Plan miles with the following airlines

You can use your Mileage Plan miles with the following airlines. Note that Alaska Airlines is joining the oneworld alliance in mid-2021, opening up its redemption opportunities.

Recently, Singapore Airlines became a new airline partner in the Mileage Plan program. Read our dedicated guide to this below.

Summing up

Purchasing Alaska Airlines miles can be a great way to accumulate miles for cheap partner airline redemptions, including Qantas, however, it generally only makes sense to do so when there is an above-average buy miles offer and you have a particular redemption in mind.

Purchasing miles speculatively is not recommended, given that programs can be devalued at short notice.

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Guide to buying Alaska Mileage Plan miles was last modified: August 31st, 2020 by Daniel Sciberras
Guide to buying Alaska Mileage Plan miles was last modified: August 31st, 2020 by Daniel Sciberras