Alaska Is Still Offering New Members 5,000 Bonus Miles After Their First Flight

Earlier this year, Alaska Mileage Plan had a promotion offering 5,000 bonus miles to anyone who joined the program by April 30, and took their first flight by September 30, 2017. It’s now June, so I had assumed that the promotion had expired.

However, it looks like Alaska Mileage Plan brought back this promotion. You can earn 5,000 bonus Mileage Plan miles if you enroll using this link by July 31, 2017, and complete an Alaska or Virgin America flight by September 30, 2017.

To qualify, the member must book a ticket eligible for earning Mileage Plan miles, and must credit it to their Mileage Plan account. You can receive the bonus a maximum of one time, and it’s not valid with any other Mileage Plan enrollment bonus.

That’s a fantastic enrollment bonus, especially as we don’t often see these any more. Furthermore, Alaska Mileage Plan is as compelling of a program as ever. They’re still committed to awarding a mile for every mile flown, making them one of the few US airlines to have such a policy.


In addition to Alaska having a lot of great airline partners on which you can redeem miles for premium cabin travel, keep in mind that 5,000 miles is also enough for a one-way ticket covering up to 700 flown miles. This even includes a one-way with a stopover. As I explained last year, you could fly from San Francisco to Portland, have a stopover, and then later continue from Portland to Seattle.

Bottom line

If you’re not yet a member of Alaska Mileage Plan but have upcoming travel you could make on Alaska or Virgin America, then this is a great offer to take advantage of. I value 5,000 Mileage Plan miles at $75+, which could be more than the cost of the one-way ticket needed to qualify for this offer.

(Tip of the hat to The Jetsetter’s Homestead)


  1. I believe they were offering g 5,000 miles or $100 previously. I opened an account in February or March and was offered the miles or a $100 credit toward any Alaska flight. Took the credit given that I don’t accumulate Alaska miles.

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