Buy Alaska Mileage Plan Miles With A 60% Bonus (1.85 Cents Per Mile)

Buy Alaska Mileage Plan Miles With A 60% Bonus (1.85 Cents Per Mile)

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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 first promotion of the year on purchasing miles, and it’s among the best offers we see from the program. Let’s go over all the details.

Promotion on purchased Alaska Mileage Plan miles

Through Saturday, February 24, 2024, the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program is offering a bonus on purchased miles. Sometimes different Mileage Plan members are targeted for different bonuses, so you’ll have to log into your account to see what you’re eligible for. Based on the accounts I manage, it would appear that the standard bonus is for up to 60%, 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
Buy Alaska Mileage Plan miles with a 60% 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 60% bonus and purchased 100,000 Mileage Plan miles pre-bonus, you’d receive a total of 160,000 Mileage Plan miles at a cost of $2,956.25, which is a rate of 1.85 cents per Mileage Plan mile.

Buy Alaska Mileage Plan miles for 1.85 cents each

Typically when we see promotions on purchased Alaska miles, the bonus is in the range of 40-60%. So a 60% bonus is among the best offers we see from Mileage Plan.

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?

There are so many things to love about Alaska Mileage Plan miles:

  • Alaska Mileage Plan has among the most reasonable premium cabin redemption rates you’ll find out there for travel on many partner airlines; unfortunately some of the new redemption partners added in recent months don’t offer the same value
  • 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?

There are so many incredible uses of Alaska Mileage Plan miles, so let me give some examples of one-way redemption rates:

Those are just some of the great ways to redeem Mileage Plan miles, and as I’ll explain below, it doesn’t fully do justice to how much value you can potentially get with these miles.

Redeem Alaska miles for Cathay Pacific business class

Tip: Take advantage of Alaska’s generous 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.

This is such an awesome and underrated benefit, as the potential here is huge:

  • Flying from New York to Bali via Hong Kong? You can stop in Hong Kong for a few days!
  • Flying from Chicago to Singapore via Tokyo? You can stop in Japan for a few days!
  • Flying from Los Angeles to Sydney via Nadi? You can stop in Fiji for a few days!
  • Flying from Seattle to Frankfurt via Keflavik? You can stop in Iceland for a few days!
  • Flying from Miami to Santiago via Lima? You can stop in Peru for a few days!
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. Alaska Mileage Plan isn’t transfer partners with one of the major transferable points currencies, so 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.

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 of up to 60% on purchased miles, which is an opportunity to pick up miles for around 1.85 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.

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

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  1. jem Guest

    I was only offered 40% bonus.......sad...

  2. Tim Guest

    I actually found a good use for the stash of Alaska miles I'm sitting on from the early SPG/Marriott merger where you could exchange for free hotel rooms and airline miles - which I did at the time. Wanted to buy a few more so I could do a RT but 40% bonus is pretty lame. What determines who gets the 60% bonus?

  3. beyounged Guest

    it is sad that Ben just copy and paste the info from previous posts, which themselves are copied from previous ones, resulting in very delayed information and no updates. One big thing to note is that in 1 month of time, AS will devalue their chart significantly, but it is not mentioned anywhere here. So I guess I will help out a bit. Take some rest, Ben.
    Just take a look of the list...

    it is sad that Ben just copy and paste the info from previous posts, which themselves are copied from previous ones, resulting in very delayed information and no updates. One big thing to note is that in 1 month of time, AS will devalue their chart significantly, but it is not mentioned anywhere here. So I guess I will help out a bit. Take some rest, Ben.
    Just take a look of the list of good uses for AS miles:
    1. Cathay, 50k and 70k are not virtually non-existent, they do not exist, period. No chance of seeing any cheap CX ticket in premium cabins in the past 15 months or so. It will be devalued 50% in 40 days.
    2. Japan Airlines, will de devalued mostly by 25% in 40 days. Only available premium cabin is T-14 days on TYO-SFO route.
    3. Fiji, will be devalued by 40%. Routes sporadic, can be found on YVR/SFO-NAN with free stopover onwards to AKL/SYD, etc. You have 40 days to redeem.
    4. Qantas. Business is very rare, if you keep an eye on it, you will find some redemptions 30-ish days out on JFK/LAX-SYD route. But for First, it is extremely rare, ever seeing about 5-10 seats in the past year. So no chance you will get it before it gets devalued by a casual 40%
    5. Air Tahiti Nui, readily available for LAX/SEA-PPT, it will not be devalued soon either, but it is not a good rate to begin with, when AC charges 55k for SFO-PPT on UA.
    6. Condor. Can be found with flexibility, especially for YYZ-FRA. Best hidden advantage is you can stopover and continue to MLE/MRU for just 10/15k more miles, all the way in J. Sadly JFK-FRA in 55k really is not THAT competitive, and LAX/SFO-FRA is harder to find, oh also it will be devalued soon.
    7. IcelandAir. It will actually INCREASE in value in a few weeks as it will soon price as premium economy so US to Europe with stopover will be 37.5k in Saga. Sadly it will not be that competitive either since IcelandAir is so mid. And surcharges are significant.
    8. Aer Lingus. Rare in business class. Can be found from time to time given extreme flexibility and dedicated searching nonstop. Will mostly remain the same value.
    9. Finnair. Not uncommon to find them, but 70k is not a good value to begin with. Will not be devalued mostly.
    10. LATAM. common availability, will be devalued from west coast in a few weeks. from east coast it will actually increase in value due to shorter distances.
    All in all, AS miles is definitely not worth 1.8 cents, and definitely sad that nobody in the blogging sphere seems to have any updated information about it given huge changes are about to happen. Buy with actual, specific use in mind, or you will likely lose out big by March.
    (also other highlights that you can actually redeem: SFO-TPE on JX J 75k, Intra-Asia 22.5k on CX is actually available such as DEL-HKG-ICN, TPE-KIX 10K J on JX, QF intra-OZ for cheap on all cabins, etc.)

    1. ecco Gold

      Thanks for this list.

      Only got 40% bonus offer. Not buying at 1.96c per mile. A lot better offers out there with more availability via the likes of Avios etc.

      On the NAN-LAX route which is the only route that Fiji have lie flat there are 3 J seats on different dates in the next 12 months. On LAX-NAN it's the same. What's the point. Even with seats.aero and alerts etc you basically had to...

      Thanks for this list.

      Only got 40% bonus offer. Not buying at 1.96c per mile. A lot better offers out there with more availability via the likes of Avios etc.

      On the NAN-LAX route which is the only route that Fiji have lie flat there are 3 J seats on different dates in the next 12 months. On LAX-NAN it's the same. What's the point. Even with seats.aero and alerts etc you basically had to have 100% flexibility and book 10 months out.

      Lots of award space on MH, Oceania-Asia, for 120k miles. Yeah right.

      I was, at times, able to book AY Asia-EUR, very far out in dates.
      Also there's some SQ J, but months out, then nothing.

      The only good thing about AS are the free stopovers and the free cancellations and their good IT. But they are a subpar offering now. Will be interesting to see what the devaluations look like. It's a shame, their call staff are really great. Can't see things getting much better with the Boeing Max issues which must be costing AS money.

  4. whitney Guest

    Alaska miles program made a mistake again. They need to give a 260% bonus in order to give any value to their substandard award levels. Alaska Airlines just like Delta can go live in fantasyland.

  5. DD Guest

    @Ben: "What are good uses of Alaska Mileage Plan miles?" Those award numbers listed are long gone. I think you even posted a few months back how Alaska devalued their program.

  6. X-CCCP Member

    Lucky,
    Re: this - Between the United States and Asia, you can fly Cathay Pacific first class for 70,000 miles, or Cathay Pacific business class for 50,000 miles.....EVERYONE knows that there is not a SIGNLE seat available at 50K or 70K.....

    1. TravelinWilly Diamond

      Took the words out of all of our mouths…

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beyounged Guest

it is sad that Ben just copy and paste the info from previous posts, which themselves are copied from previous ones, resulting in very delayed information and no updates. One big thing to note is that in 1 month of time, AS will devalue their chart significantly, but it is not mentioned anywhere here. So I guess I will help out a bit. Take some rest, Ben. Just take a look of the list of good uses for AS miles: 1. Cathay, 50k and 70k are not virtually non-existent, they do not exist, period. No chance of seeing any cheap CX ticket in premium cabins in the past 15 months or so. It will be devalued 50% in 40 days. 2. Japan Airlines, will de devalued mostly by 25% in 40 days. Only available premium cabin is T-14 days on TYO-SFO route. 3. Fiji, will be devalued by 40%. Routes sporadic, can be found on YVR/SFO-NAN with free stopover onwards to AKL/SYD, etc. You have 40 days to redeem. 4. Qantas. Business is very rare, if you keep an eye on it, you will find some redemptions 30-ish days out on JFK/LAX-SYD route. But for First, it is extremely rare, ever seeing about 5-10 seats in the past year. So no chance you will get it before it gets devalued by a casual 40% 5. Air Tahiti Nui, readily available for LAX/SEA-PPT, it will not be devalued soon either, but it is not a good rate to begin with, when AC charges 55k for SFO-PPT on UA. 6. Condor. Can be found with flexibility, especially for YYZ-FRA. Best hidden advantage is you can stopover and continue to MLE/MRU for just 10/15k more miles, all the way in J. Sadly JFK-FRA in 55k really is not THAT competitive, and LAX/SFO-FRA is harder to find, oh also it will be devalued soon. 7. IcelandAir. It will actually INCREASE in value in a few weeks as it will soon price as premium economy so US to Europe with stopover will be 37.5k in Saga. Sadly it will not be that competitive either since IcelandAir is so mid. And surcharges are significant. 8. Aer Lingus. Rare in business class. Can be found from time to time given extreme flexibility and dedicated searching nonstop. Will mostly remain the same value. 9. Finnair. Not uncommon to find them, but 70k is not a good value to begin with. Will not be devalued mostly. 10. LATAM. common availability, will be devalued from west coast in a few weeks. from east coast it will actually increase in value due to shorter distances. All in all, AS miles is definitely not worth 1.8 cents, and definitely sad that nobody in the blogging sphere seems to have any updated information about it given huge changes are about to happen. Buy with actual, specific use in mind, or you will likely lose out big by March. (also other highlights that you can actually redeem: SFO-TPE on JX J 75k, Intra-Asia 22.5k on CX is actually available such as DEL-HKG-ICN, TPE-KIX 10K J on JX, QF intra-OZ for cheap on all cabins, etc.)

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X-CCCP Member

Lucky, Re: this - Between the United States and Asia, you can fly Cathay Pacific first class for 70,000 miles, or Cathay Pacific business class for 50,000 miles.....EVERYONE knows that there is not a SIGNLE seat available at 50K or 70K.....

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whitney Guest

Alaska miles program made a mistake again. They need to give a 260% bonus in order to give any value to their substandard award levels. Alaska Airlines just like Delta can go live in fantasyland.

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