Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is currently offering up to 50% bonus miles on all purchases made before 11:59 PM PST 23 December 2019.

Note that these promotions are usually tailored, and the level of bonus or tiers may be slightly different to the one I received.

Note that in late January 2020, Mileage Plan increased the cost of each mile bought by 2%. It now costs 2.805 US cents per mile instead of 2.75 cents, plus 7.5% tax.

With the promotion, you can purchase a total of 90,000 Mileage Plan miles (including the bonus) for US$1,650, equating to ~1.83 US cents per mile.

Buy miles offers can be targeted, so you may find your offer may be different from others’. Here are the tiers that I received (which may differ to yours):

  • Buy 10,000 – 19,000 miles = 20% bonus
  • Buy 20,000 – 29,000 miles = 35% bonus
  • Buy 30,000 – 60,000 miles = 50% bonus
Buying Alaska miles is a great way to fly Cathay Pacific Business Class

Example uses of Mileage Plan miles for travellers from Australia

These are my favourite redemption opportunities for cheap Business Class travel from Australia with Mileage Plan redemptions:

Example itineraryCost of miles in USD when maximising current promotion
Cathay Pacific: 30,000 miles one-way from Australia to Hong Kong in Cathay Pacific Business Class$633
Singapore Airlines: 35,000 one-way for two First Class flights within South East Asia$738.5
Fiji Airways: 45,000 miles one-way from Australia (or New Zealand) to Hawaii in Fiji Airways Business Class$949.5
Qantas: 55,000 miles one-way from Australia to the US in Qantas Business Class$1160.5
Cathay Pacific: 60,000 miles one-way from Australia to the US in Cathay Pacific Business Class$1266
Korean Air: 125,000 miles return (no one-ways) from Australia to the USA in Korean Air Business Class$2637.5

Notes:

  • These costs don’t include airline taxes for this route applied by Alaska
  • The costs above are in USD and based on the current promotion with a best-case cost at the highest tier
  • The costs assume you maximise the promotion and buy chunks of the maximum amount of miles, redeeming strategically to get the most value

For more prices, check out the Mileage Plan award chart.

As many have found on those previous posts (just read the comments), it’s an easy winner to take advantage of for long-haul Business and First Class travel on Alaska Airlines partners such as Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines. You can also get great value out of longer intra-Australia or New Zealand redemptions in Business Class on Qantas.

Offer history

Keeping an eye on the rhythm of mileage purchase offers can help you be more informed about when to buy.

DateBonus offer (%)Notes
March 202040flash sale
January-February 202040
December 201950highest and targeted
November 201940
October 201950highest and targeted
September 201950highest and targeted
July-August 201950highest and targeted
June-July 201930% discount, not bonus
April-May 201950highest
March 201940
January-February 201940
November-December 201850highest
October 201840
August-October 201850highest and targeted but widespread
May-July 201840
February-April 201840
January-February 201840
November-December 201740targeted
October 201730% discount, not bonusPoint Hacks exclusive offer, limited to first 2000 buyers
August-October 201750highest but targeted
May-July 201750highest but targeted
February-April 201740
January-February 201740
November 201640
August 201650highest but targeted
May 201650highest but targeted
February-March 201640
November-December 201550highest but targeted
August-September 201540
July-August 201535lowest
March 201540
November-December 201435lowest
September-October 201440
May 201435lowest
March 201440
December 201335lowest
September 201340
Average42.86%

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 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.

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

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