Buy Alaska Mileage Plan Miles With A Mystery Bonus

Buy Alaska Mileage Plan Miles With A Mystery Bonus

Up to a 50% bonus on purchased miles

Starts: June 12, 2024
Ends: June 26, 2024
Deal History
Up to a 50% bonus on purchased miles June 12, 2024 June 26, 2024
Up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles April 11, 2024 May 23, 2024
Up to a 70% bonus on purchased miles March 8, 2024 March 20, 2024
Up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles January 18, 2024 February 24, 2024
Up to a 50% bonus on purchased miles November 13, 2023 December 23, 2023
Up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles October 5, 2023 October 30, 2023
Up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles September 13, 2023 September 16, 2023
Up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles July 17, 2023 August 20, 2023
Up to a 50% bonus on purchased miles June 12, 2023 June 26, 2023
Up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles April 10, 2023 May 21, 2023
Up to a 50% bonus on purchased miles March 9, 2023 March 15, 2023
Up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles January 18, 2023 February 20, 2023
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Often buying points strategically can be a good value, and 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 award redemptions can be.

Alaska Mileage Plan has just launched its newest promotion on purchased miles, and it has the potential to be a good deal.

Promotion on purchased Alaska Mileage Plan miles

Through Wednesday, June 26, 2024, the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program is offering a bonus on purchased miles. It’s possible that different members will be targeted for different offers, though all the accounts that I manage show a bonus of up to 50%. You’ll have to log into your account to see what you’re eligible for. The bonus offer of up to 50% is structured as follows:

  • Buy 3,000-14,000 miles, get a 30% bonus
  • Buy 15,000-29,000 miles, get a 40% bonus
  • Buy 30,000-100,000 miles, get a 50% bonus
Buy Alaska Mileage Plan miles with a 50% bonus

How much does it cost to buy Alaska Mileage Plan miles?

Ordinarily you can buy Alaska Mileage Plan miles for 2.75 cents each pre-tax, before any discounts or bonuses. If you were eligible for the 50% bonus and purchased 100,000 Mileage Plan miles pre-bonus, you’d receive a total of 150,000 Mileage Plan miles at a cost of $2,956.25, which is a rate of 1.97 cents per Mileage Plan mile.

Buy Alaska Mileage Plan miles for 1.97 cents each

Typically when we see promotions on purchased Alaska miles, the bonus is in the range of 40-60%. So if you’re eligible for a 50% bonus, that’s roughly average as far as offers from the program go.

How many Mileage Plan miles can you purchase?

The number of Alaska miles you can buy depends on your status:

  • Alaska Mileage Plan elite members (MVP, MVP Gold, MVP Gold 75K, and MVP Gold 100K) can purchase an unlimited number of miles
  • Alaska Mileage Plan non-elite members can purchase up to 150,000 miles per calendar year; that limit doesn’t include the bonus miles

Note that in all cases you’re limited to purchasing 100,000 Mileage Plan miles per transaction (pre-bonus), though you can always make multiple transactions. Furthermore, you can only purchase miles if you’ve been a member of Mileage Plan for at least 10 days.

Redeem Alaska miles for Japan Airlines first class

Which credit card should you buy Mileage Plan miles with?

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

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, like the Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review), Citi Double Cash® Card (review), or Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card (review) (Rates & Fees).

See this post for more on which credit cards are best for buying points.

Is buying Alaska Mileage Plan miles worth it?

The Alaska Mileage Plan program recently underwent some major changes, whereby the program introduced new zone and distance based award pricing. These changes are a mixed bag, though on balance there’s still a lot of value with the Mileage Plan program, in my opinion:

  • Alaska Mileage Plan has attractive award redemption rates, especially when you’re traveling shorter distances; there’s not a better value program for short haul premium cabin awards
  • Alaska Mileage Plan has a unique array of airline partners — the airline belongs to the oneworld alliance so has lots of partners within the alliance, but also has several non-oneworld partners, ranging from Condor, to Fiji Airways, to Icelandair, to LATAM, to Singapore Airlines
  • Alaska Mileage Plan allows stopovers on award tickets, which most programs don’t allow nowadays; this can stretch your miles a lot further
  • Miles are sold at a reasonable price and can be bought in large quantities, making this a great program for “starting from scratch” and saving money on a premium international ticket

So yes, I think there are many situations where there’s huge value in buying Mileage Plan miles, especially if you find premium cabin award space on airlines like Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Qantas, etc.

Redeem Alaska miles for Qantas business class

On what airlines can you redeem Alaska Mileage Plan miles?

Currently it’s possible to redeem Alaska Mileage Plan miles on the following partner airlines:

  • Aer Lingus
  • Air Tahiti Nui
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Condor
  • EL AL
  • Fiji Airways
  • Finnair
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Iberia
  • Icelandair
  • Japan Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • LATAM
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Singapore Airlines
  • SriLankan Airlines
  • Starlux Airlines
Redeem Alaska miles for travel on Condor

What are good uses of Alaska Mileage Plan miles?

With the changes we recently saw to the Alaska Mileage Plan program, the sweet spots are totally different than before. In the past, the program was best for long haul premium cabin awards, while now the program is best for short haul awards in all cabins.

See my guide with the best uses of Alaska Mileage Plan miles. As you can see, there’s lots of value to be had for partner redemptions, especially on shorter trips. In many ways, Mileage Plan is now a competitor to programs like British Airways Executive Club, which have lucrative distance based pricing.

Redeem Alaska miles for Cathay Pacific business class

Tip: Take advantage of Alaska’s stopover policy

One of my favorite aspects of Alaska Mileage Plan miles is that you’re allowed a stopover on a partner award ticket without paying additional miles. Since you’re allowed a stopover even on a one-way, this means you could have two stopovers on a roundtrip award.

Nowadays most airline loyalty programs have eliminated free stopovers on award tickets, so this is something that really sets the program apart. The only exception is that stopovers aren’t allowed if your award is exclusively for travel within Asia.

Have a stopover in Tokyo on an Alaska Mileage Plan award ticket

Are there fuel surcharges on Alaska Mileage Plan awards?

Many consumers are frustrated by the practice of airlines adding carrier imposed surcharges to award tickets. In the case of Mileage Plan, most partners don’t have these surcharges. However, there are surcharges for travel on British Airways, Hainan Airlines, and Icelandair, which is something to keep in mind.

How much are Alaska Mileage Plan miles worth?

Everyone will value mileage currencies differently, but personally I value Alaska Mileage Plan miles at ~1.5 cents each, which is in line with the highest I value any single airline mileage currency. I tend to value points pretty conservatively, and there are many ways to get more value from Mileage Plan miles than that (as I’ve hopefully demonstrated above).

Do Alaska Mileage Plan miles expire?

Alaska Mileage Plan miles don’t expire as long as you have at least some account activity once every 24 months. Account activity could include earning or redeeming miles.

What other ways can you earn Alaska Mileage Plan miles?

There are several ways to earn Alaska Mileage Plan miles, both through flying and non-flying means. The easiest way to earn Alaska miles is with one of the co-branded credit cards, which include the:

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

On top of that, of the major transferable points currencies, Alaska Mileage Plan partners with Bilt Rewards. That means that points earned with the Bilt Mastercard® (review) can be transfered to Alaska Mileage Plan, which is quite exciting.

Redeem Alaska miles for Starlux first class

Bottom line

Alaska Mileage Plan is one of the most lucrative loyalty programs to buy miles from, thanks to the excellent redemption rates, stopovers on one-way awards, and variety of partners.

Mileage Plan is offering a bonus on purchased miles, and it appears that the standard offer is for up to a 50% bonus. This is an opportunity to pick up miles for under two cents each. There’s lots of value to be had with this offer if you’re being strategic, though admittedly not all sweet spots are as good as they used to. Everyone should crunch the numbers for themselves, and I’d only make a purchase with a specific use in mind.

If you have no immediate use in mind, I’d wait for a 60% bonus (or maybe even 70% bonus) in the future.

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

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  1. Dave Guest

    Using AK miles for Japan airlines? Good luck. I looked for any biz class seats out of SAN for an entire year worth of dates and not one was available. Theoretically would be a great use of miles. I have been able to book it in the past but not recently.

  2. SR Guest

    Don’t endorse a mileage program without doing your research on what the current state is. You did this for Aeroplan and now with Alaska. Both are pretty worthless at this point, including AAdvantage. Would be great if you don’t keep reposting your article from many years ago !

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ SR -- I'm not reporting articles from years ago. This references current Mileage Plan pricing, which only kicked in a couple of years ago. Of course value propositions have changed over time, and as I say, everyone should crunch the numbers for themselves. I'm curious, if you think AAdvantage, Aeroplan, and Mileage Plan are worthless, may I ask which programs you find to be valuable?

    2. SR Guest

      Which program I find valuable ? That’s what I am here for !
      A program is valuable only if there are good redemption opportunities. A article based on just what their award program offers is not a good representation of reality.
      Feels like those AA flight attendants pitching credit card offers in flights saying your could fly to Hawaii only later to find its available only on one flight on Tuesday at 6...

      Which program I find valuable ? That’s what I am here for !
      A program is valuable only if there are good redemption opportunities. A article based on just what their award program offers is not a good representation of reality.
      Feels like those AA flight attendants pitching credit card offers in flights saying your could fly to Hawaii only later to find its available only on one flight on Tuesday at 6 am

      There is no mention in your article lack of availability on many of be partners with Alaska. That’s the transparency your readers are expecting, else u are just another TPG !

    3. Bratty Guest

      Common sense is not so common eh. SR needs a binky.

    4. SR Guest

      Go ahead and buy those and good luck finding something to book with it ! Oh and get a binky for urself before u buy those miles, you might need it soon !

  3. TravelinWilly Diamond

    Too bad AK's Mileage Plan has lost almost all value. While it may be good for short-haul awards, I don't know that I'll ever use the 400,000++ miles I have with MP.

    Unless and until the value prop. changes, I'm pretty much done with AK's frequent flyer program, sadly. It was good while it was good.

    1. yoloswag420 Guest

      This is so dumb. Even if AS miles are worse off now, your 400k miles have 0 value if you never redeem them, and will continue to get devalued. Whereas, even if you redeem them for some mediocre domestic flights, you're still getting value out of it.

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Dave Guest

Using AK miles for Japan airlines? Good luck. I looked for any biz class seats out of SAN for an entire year worth of dates and not one was available. Theoretically would be a great use of miles. I have been able to book it in the past but not recently.

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TravelinWilly Diamond

Oh.

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Ben Schlappig OMAAT

@ SR -- I'm not reporting articles from years ago. This references current Mileage Plan pricing, which only kicked in a couple of years ago. Of course value propositions have changed over time, and as I say, everyone should crunch the numbers for themselves. I'm curious, if you think AAdvantage, Aeroplan, and Mileage Plan are worthless, may I ask which programs you find to be valuable?

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