Alaska makes huge improvements to awards — more partners bookable online, more one-ways, and stopovers on one-ways!

Alaska makes huge improvements to awards — more partners bookable online, more one-ways, and stopovers on one-ways!


Alaska has been improving the mileage redemption opportunities of their Mileage Plan program lately by adding one-way awards. They rolled out the functionality slowly at first, with American being the first partner carrier on which you could book one-way awards, followed by British Airways.

Well it seems they’ve made a huge leap today, as they’ve added the functionality to book one-way awards online on the following carriers today:

That means aside from a few partners, like Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, and LAN, it’s now possible to book awards online and for one-way travel.

I’m especially excited about the ability to book one-way awards on Emirates, as they were added as a partner on which you could redeem miles earlier this year.

But here’s the best part — you can do a stopover on a one-way international award in most cases.

Take the below for example — you can travel on Emirates from New York to Dubai to Kuala Lumpur, with a two day stopover in Dubai, for 72,500 miles in business class.

That’s huge news, and makes Alaska miles so much more valuable, in my opinion. That being said, unfortunately they don’t seem to be displaying Emirates first class award space correctly at the moment (not that there’s much to speak of), so let’s hope that’s fixed soon.

Now if only Cathay Pacific was eligible for one-ways, so you could book a trip from the US to South Africa via Hong Kong with a stopover for 70,000 miles in first class…

(Tip of the hat to Mike)

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  1. MintWanderlust

    Hi Lucky,

    Quick question: Can I book an one-way flight like this online YVR-LAX-DXB(Stop)-LHR ?

  2. lucky

    @ Steve -- You can search directly on Alaska's website.

  3. Steve

    How do you search for an Emirates F class?

  4. lucky

    @ Daytripadvisor -- Don't hold me to it, but don't believe you can do a stopover on a Cathay Pacific award within one region. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

  5. Dale Reardon


    I see Cathay now appears to be eligible for one ways on the award chart.

    But I am sure Cathay had an award published on the Europe chart for travel between Europe and Australia. It now seems that you have to book 2 awards to travel with Cathay from Australia to Europe.

    Am I correct in this?

    It is great though that you can get a reasonable priced award for Australia to North America with Cathay though as AA Aadvantage doesn't let you route via HKG.


  6. lucky

    @ Ying -- If you book it as one-ways as opposed to a roundtrip then you could get a stopover in each direction.

  7. Ying

    If I'm booking an AA flight to Asia from the US with alaskan miles, am I allowed a stopover in both directions?

  8. lucky

    @ Dale -- Ah, missed that. In that case that would be your best bet.

  9. Dale Reardon

    Thanks Lucky.

    The Europe chart has points to Hong Kong with Cathay and then the Australia Chart has points with Cathay from Hong Kong to Australia so will have to put 2 separate awards together.

  10. lucky

    @ Apurva -- I just searched JFK-DXB for April 12 and see the same flight available in business class. Do you want to maybe check again?

  11. lucky

    @ Dale -- The major downside to Alaska is that they only publish award charts between certain zones, so in many cases it's not possible to fly within zones. Unfortunately best I can tell they don't allow redemptions at all between Australia and Europe (unless you want to book an award from Australia to the US and then the US to Europe).

  12. lucky

    @ george -- Yep, you can do it in either direction, either originating in North America or Australia. And you are allowed a stopover at no additional cost.

  13. Dale Reardon


    I am having trouble understanding Alaska award chart.

    If I want to fly from Australia to Europe with Cathay do I have to do 2 award redemptions - Australia to Hong Kong and then Hong Kong to Europe? Or is there a chart that has mile levels for crossing regions?


  14. george

    Hi Lucky,

    I see "Between North America and Australia / New Zealand" is 120k roundtrip.
    - Can you stopover in HKG as well? eg LAX-HKG-SYD
    - Can you travel Australia-North America-Australia? Or do you have to start in North America?


  15. Mike @ The #hustle Blog

    They seem to only be putting out availability for EK206 which is the flight that stops in MXP before continuing to DXB. I scrolled through a few months and didn't find anything for the nonstops which are EK 202 and 204.

  16. CDKing

    One ways awards for 1/2 the round trip are available on all partners except Delta, Korean and LAN. I'm waiting for some CX space to open up for my return from HKG in August

  17. CDKing

    @Aprurva Something to do with married segments. Almost makes me think Z space doesn't mean anything. I'm hoping its just a glitch

  18. Apurva

    Can anyone explain why, when I search for the exact above itinerary (posted by Lucky) - it shows me the availability as posted above.

    However, when I look for only JFK-DXB for the same date - it does NOT show me the BIZ on EK... is it the funda of availability only if connecting thing?

  19. lucky

    @ Julian -- Nope, you can only redeem between the regions for which Alaska publishes an award chart for Emirates.

  20. Julian

    Can I use Alaska miles to fly between Sydney and Auckland on Emirates first?

  21. lucky

    @ Apurva -- No, Alaska doesn't publish an award chart out of South America for travel on Emirates.

  22. Apurva

    Can you do something like GRU to Asia via DXB?

  23. lucky

    @ Brian -- The only economical transfer partner of Alaska's Mileage Plan is Starwood. You can transfer from Starwood to Alaska at a 1:1 ratio, with a 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 points transferred.

  24. lucky

    @ Euro -- You're still allowed an open jaw.

  25. lucky

    @ harry -- Nope, Alaska doesn't publish a chart for travel to Australia on Emirates.

  26. Brian

    Sorry, but what I meant is, aside from using Alaska miles, what other point currency can I use (Starwoods, Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards...)

  27. Brian

    Sorry for the noobish question, but what miles, aside from AA, can I use for award booking through Alaska? Honeymoon planning and this may stir up my original plans...

  28. MEOW

    Lucky, you might just be in luck on the US to SA via HKG....check out the reward's reflecting oneways for CX now.

  29. Euro

    So if you're booking Delta via Mileage Plan which requires a round-trip itinerary, are you allowed an open-jaw at the end of your journey or must you end your journey where it began?

  30. harry

    can you fly to australia on EK via DXB?

  31. lucky

    @ sil -- You can position to New York on any Alaska flight. They don't fly from LAX-JFK, though they do fly LAX-SEA-EWR, so you could probably include those flights.

    You can go anywhere in Asia, KUL was just an example.

  32. sil

    Is it possible to go from LAX-JFK, JFK- DXB, DXB - KUL on 72.5k? Also, is KUL the only Asian city that would work from DXB?

  33. lucky

    @ Gene -- Post coming on that shortly!

  34. lucky

    @ Ozaer N. -- Yes, you're allowed to include flights to the gateway on Alaska Airlines (though they don't fly to JFK, just EWR).

  35. Andy

    Alaska award chart site shows one way award prices for Cathay..

  36. Ozaer N.

    Ben this routing possible using AS miles....PDX-JFK-DXB(stopover)-KUL ?

    As you know I love KL but also love DXB, but live in PDX!

  37. Gene

    Any opinion on DL's lying about AF not making inventory available to DL SkyMiles members?

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