Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is currently offering up to 50% bonus miles on all purchases made before 11:59 PM PST 28 June 2020.
Note that these promotions are usually tailored, and the level of bonus or tiers may be slightly different from the one I received.
While the current situation with travel worldwide makes points purchases risky and speculative, this is an above-average value offer. This may make it worth purchasing miles for a specific use, such as for use on trans-continental flights with Qantas, which require 20,000 Alaska miles rather than 41,500 Qantas Points.
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With the promotion, you can purchase a total of 150,000 Mileage Plan miles (including the bonus) for US$2,750, equating to ~1.83 US cents per mile.
This is the maximum number of miles that can be purchased in a calendar year.
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 3,000 – 29,000 miles = 40% bonus
- Buy 30,000 – 100,000 miles = 50% bonus
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 itinerary||Cost 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|
- 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.
Keeping an eye on the rhythm of mileage purchase offers can help you be more informed about when to buy.
|Date||Bonus offer (%)||Notes|
|April-May 2020||60||highest and targeted|
|March 2020||40||flash sale|
|June-July 2019||30% discount, not bonus|
|October 2017||30% discount, not bonus||Point Hacks exclusive offer, limited to first 2000 buyers|
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.