Promo: Buy Alaska Mileage Plan Miles With A Bonus

Promo: Buy Alaska Mileage Plan Miles With A Bonus

Up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles

Starts: October 4, 2021
Ends: October 30, 2021
Deal History
Up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles October 4, 2021 October 30, 2021
Up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles September 13, 2021 September 15, 2021
Up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles July 19, 2021 August 23, 2021
Up to a 50% bonus on purchased miles June 14, 2021 June 25, 2021
Up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles April 12, 2021 May 22, 2021
Up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles January 20, 2021 February 14, 2021
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Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is one of my favorite programs to buy miles from, both thanks to the frequency with which the program sells miles, and what a good deal redemptions can be. Alaska Mileage Plan has just launched its newest promotion on purchased miles. The program is offering a mystery bonus, which could potentially be in line with the best offers we’ve seen from the program.

Alaska Airlines joined the oneworld alliance earlier this year. While you can earn Mileage Plan miles for travel on all oneworld airlines, the airline won’t fully roll out oneworld award redemptions until later this year (at the earliest), for better or worse.

What Is The Best Price For Buying Alaska Miles?

Through Saturday, October 30, 2021, Alaska Airlines is offering offering a bonus on purchased miles. This is being marketed as a mystery bonus, so you’ll have to log into your account to see what you’re eligible for. On the high end, it seems like you can receive a tiered bonus of up to 60% on purchased miles, as follows:

  • Buy 3,000-19,000 miles, get a 40% bonus
  • Buy 20,000-39,000 miles, get a 50% bonus
  • Buy 40,000-100,000 miles, get a 60% bonus

What’s The Cost To Purchase Miles Through This Promo?

With a 60% bonus you could buy 160,000 miles for $2,956.25, which is a cost of 1.85 cents per Mileage Plan mile.

The maximum number of miles you can purchase per transaction is 100,000 pre-bonus, and you can purchase a total of up to 150,000 miles per calendar year. However, if you’re an Alaska elite member there’s no limit to how many miles you can buy.

Historically Alaska Mileage Plan seems to offer anywhere between 35% and 60% bonuses on purchased miles, so this is as good as offers get, assuming that’s what you’re eligible for.

Who Should Buy Alaska Miles With A Bonus?

In general, you always want to think about how you’ll use these miles, and the potential value for converting your cash to points before you make any purchases.

Why Buying Alaska Miles Is A Good Deal

There are several unique elements to the Mileage Plan program, which means buying miles with Alaska can be a very good deal. I wouldn’t purchase miles for domestic economy flights in most cases, as the best values are typically for international awards — make sure to check out my guide on the best uses of Alaska Airlines miles for more details and some examples of great values to be had.

Stopovers On One-Way Awards

This is something that makes Mileage Plan unique, as Alaska allows stopovers even on most one-way award tickets. Admittedly this is less valuable at the moment due to travel restrictions, but hopefully this starts to become more useful again in the near future.

Do note that the program has added restrictions to this, though, and Alaska no longer allows stopovers on awards within Asia (though Mileage Plan does allow stopovers on awards between Asia and other regions).

Flying from New York to Singapore via Hong Kong? You can stop in Hong Kong for a few days (for no additional miles).

Have a stopover in Hong Kong on a Mileage Plan award

Flying from Los Angeles to Auckland via Fiji? You can stop in Fiji and have two vacations in one.

Keep in mind this also means that if you’re flying roundtrip and booking as two one-ways, you can actually do two stopovers — one in each direction. Of course the above assume you’re actually allowed to enter those destinations, though unfortunately at the moment Fiji and Hong Kong are both closed off to most travelers.

Generous Limits On How Many Miles You Can Buy

There are lots of people who frequently take advantage of these promotions, and one thing that has long made Alaska Mileage Plan unique is that the program has had no limit on how many miles you can purchase. While there was a limit on how many miles you could buy per transaction, you could make as many transactions as you wanted.

Alaska Mileage Plan limits non-elite members to buying 150,000 miles per calendar year. Meanwhile elite Mileage Plan members (MVP, MVP Gold, and MVP Gold 75K) continue to not have a limit on how many miles they can buy.

Here’s how Alaska describes the terms for buying miles:

Your Mileage Plan account may be credited up to a maximum total of 150,000 miles acquired through Points.com in a calendar year, whether purchased by you or gifted to you. MVP, MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K

Why would Mileage Plan add a limit on how many miles you can buy? In reality the program was probably making money on a vast majority of transactions, because even when you’re buying miles for the purposes of redeeming in first and business class on partner airlines, Alaska is only paying a fraction of the normal costs for these tickets.

My guess is that this limit was added due to the number of mileage brokers out there buying and selling miles. Airlines do everything they can to stop these people for a variety of reasons, and I’m guessing that Mileage Plan found most people buying miles in big quantities were doing that. Of course this won’t be a foolproof solution, since those people can also get status.

I’d be curious to know to what extent this impacts the total number of miles Alaska sells, but it shouldn’t impact most “regular” buyers.

Unique Airline Partners

While Alaska Airlines now belongs to the oneworld alliance, the airline also partners with some airlines that belong to SkyTeam and Star Alliance, as well as other unique, non-alliance carriers.

For example, Alaska partners with Fiji Airways, Icelandair, and Hainan, just to name a few.

How Many Alaska Miles Do I Need For One Of These Fancy Flights?

To give a few examples of some of the great uses of Mileage Plan miles (all of which allow stopovers on one-way awards):

Alaska miles are the best way to redeem for Cathay Pacific first class

In some cases, Alaska doesn’t have access to some partner award seats.

This is especially common on Cathay Pacific and Qantas. It is something to be aware of, so I’d recommend looking into this before buying any miles.

Who Can Buy Alaska Miles?

As long as you’ve been a member of Alaska Mileage Plan for at least 10 days, you can purchase miles during this promotion.

Redeem Alaska miles for Japan Airlines first class

Other Ways To Earn Alaska Mileage Plan Miles

Of course, you don’t have to buy miles to take advantage of these deals — Alaska also offers two credit cards that can help you rack up points quickly:

Both offer great welcome bonuses after completing a moderate minimum spend. There are lots of other great perks to these cards as well.

Which Credit Card Should You Use?

Alaska mileage purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as an airfare purchase for the purposes of credit card spend.

Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach a minimum spending requirement, or otherwise, a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending. See this post for more on the best credit cards for buying points.

Redeem Alaska miles for LATAM business class

Bottom Line

Alaska Mileage Plan has just launched its newest promotion on purchased miles, which could be worth taking advantage of. The program is offering a mystery bonus on purchased miles, and it seems like the offer maxes out at a 60% bonus. If you’re eligible for a 60% bonus, that’s as good as offers on purchased Mileage Plan miles get.

I really can’t overstate how valuable the stopovers on most one-way awards are, not to mention some of the unique airline partners that Alaska has, all of which you can learn more about in my guide to the best uses of Alaska Airlines miles. Now the big question is what Alaska Mileage Plan redemptions on oneworld partners will look like.

Do you plan on purchasing Alaska Mileage Plan miles with this promotion?

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  1. Robin

    Lucky it would be really good if you could post some real time good biz/first awards using Alaskan (other than the silly BA surcharge ones) miles please? I find little of anything these days with Emirates gone, Qatar just gouging and American not really freeing up any award space in any premier cabins...what am I missing...why would I buy Alaskan miles?

  2. RovinMoses

    Trying to find Alaska awards with business or even premium economy for international travel is extremely difficult. Mixed service class if frequently the result; e.g., First class PDX-LAX, then coach LAX-SYD (14 hours!). Absurd amount of points, 280k, needed for business class on Aer Lingus, PDX-DUB. Have flown AS over fifty years and am loyal, but frustrated.

  3. Cmorgan

    Question can u use AK Air gift cards to purchase miles and ic so can u use multiple gift cards. Costco currently has the $50 off $500 promo. If I bought 2k worth of mikes I could save an additional $200

  4. David M

    You can fly SFO to Doha on Qatar for 85K not 200 K.

  5. Nolaska

    While it looks like a good deal on paper,mileage plan has been pretty much useless during this pandemic .
    We hardly see any award availability for international travel.Emirates flights do not even show up.
    Redemption rates on qatar is ridiculous (200k) for business vs 70k on American .
    So ,I think this offer is a pas u less u just want to hoard miles for travel in 2002

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Robin

Lucky it would be really good if you could post some real time good biz/first awards using Alaskan (other than the silly BA surcharge ones) miles please? I find little of anything these days with Emirates gone, Qatar just gouging and American not really freeing up any award space in any premier cabins...what am I missing...why would I buy Alaskan miles?

RovinMoses

Trying to find Alaska awards with business or even premium economy for international travel is extremely difficult. Mixed service class if frequently the result; e.g., First class PDX-LAX, then coach LAX-SYD (14 hours!). Absurd amount of points, 280k, needed for business class on Aer Lingus, PDX-DUB. Have flown AS over fifty years and am loyal, but frustrated.

Cmorgan

Question can u use AK Air gift cards to purchase miles and ic so can u use multiple gift cards. Costco currently has the $50 off $500 promo. If I bought 2k worth of mikes I could save an additional $200

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