As you may have heard, Alaska Mileage Plan is offering a mystery bonus on the purchase of miles. You can earn between 35% and 50% bonus miles when you buy Alaska miles, depending on how your account was targeted.
This is a limited time promotion which is only available through September 29, 2016.
Buying Alaska miles can be a great deal (see my earlier post on who should and shouldn’t consider buying miles), but you generally don’t want to buy miles without a specific plan, and ideally not without checking award availability.
What you should do speculatively, however, is enroll in the program itself. That’s because Alaska requires your account to be open for 10 days before you can purchase miles. And of course, for this promotion, you obviously won’t know your potential bonus until you enroll.
Redeem Alaska miles on Fiji Airways
You can sign up for Mileage Plan here — for those less familiar with U.S. frequent flyer programs, there isn’t a fee to join.
While you can redeem your miles for anyone, I’d recommend having your travel companions sign up as well. That way if one account is eventually targeted for a higher bonus you can buy miles in that account versus the other.
As a reminder, there are some great features of the Alaska program:
- You’re allowed a free stopover, even on a one-way award
- Mileage Plan has generous change & cancellation policies (up until 60 days before departure you can change and redeposit your award for free, and within that timeframe the cost is $125 per person)
- There’s no limit to how many miles you can buy per promotion, so this is great for people just getting started in the hobby (you can buy up to 60,000 miles pre-bonus per transaction, but can make as many transactions as you’d like)
- Alaska has some unique airline partners, like Fiji Airways, Hainan Airlines, Icelandair, etc.
Again, buying miles definitely isn’t for everyone, but there are some situations where it can make sense, and I advocate preparedness when redeeming miles.
This is really all about hedging your bets. If you sign up for Alaska Mileage Plan now, you’ll have the option to take advantage of this deal. Otherwise you’ll have to wait until the next promotion for the pricing to really be worthwhile.
So take a few minutes to sign up, even if you’re not planning on buying miles this round.