All posts tagged: Alaska Mileage Plan

Alaska Mileage Plan offers highest ever 60% bonus on miles purchases

Targeted bonus available to some members only. In the midst of a world pandemic, airlines are desperately trying to conserve cash burn as they receive practically near-zero revenue given the halting of international travel. Alaska Air has turned to its usual tactic to raise some money, by ‘selling’ future travel in the form of miles. This time, Alaska Air is offering up to 60% bonus miles, a never-seen-before offer. Note that Alaska Air is currently selling these miles tax-free, so this brings the per-mile cost down to 1.72 US cents. The offer Alaska Air has targeted some members with the whopping 60% bonus. This is not a straight-off bonus, but tiered according to how much you buy: Buy 10,000-19,000 miles: 20% bonus (i.e. 2.29 US cents/mile) Buy 20,000-39,000 miles: 40% bonus (i.e. 1.96 US cents/mile) Buy 40,000 miles and above: 60% bonus (i.e. 1.72 US cents/mile) This is a targeted offer, so that means that your offer may differ from other people. As far as articles have suggested, there are two offers: one for 60% …

Alaska Air Mileage Plan tightens routing rules – no more cheap ’roundtrip’ award tickets

This follows the introduction of Singapore Airlines award tickets into the system. Loyalists of Alaska Air will know that the programme is particularly generous in its award ticket rules, which has created some really interesting redemption tricks, including a (almost) roundtrip JAL ticket in business class for only 25,000 miles between Southeast Asia and Japan. More recently, Alaska Air has added Singapore Airlines as as redemption partner, causing a big stir in the Singapore miles-chasing community. Many miles-chasers have snapping up Alaska Air Mileage Plan miles to take advantage of some of the loophole in their award inventory, particularly in Asia. So here are some of the changes: Singapore Airlines award chart update: China-Southeast Asia award tickets now cost more For a start, Alaska Air has corrected the categorisation for China (including Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing), and now it is grouped together with Japan and South Korea. This results in an increase of Southeast Asia-China routing from 25,000 in business to a whopping 60,000 miles. In economy, the increase is still a good 50% increase, …

You can now redeem Alaska Air Mileage Plan miles for Singapore Airlines award tickets

But the redemption rates are not great. Update 16 Oct 19: Alaska Air has removed the ability to book a stopover for intra-Asia itineraries, and also adjusted the zones for Beijing and Shanghai. Read more here. After a very long time, Alaska Air has finally added Singapore Airlines as an award partner. Since two years ago, you could credit your Singapore Airlines flying with Alaska Air Mileage Plan, which gave excellent mileage especially if you are flying premium classes. For instance, if you are flying first class on a revenue ticket, you will earn 350% of the actual miles flown. Wow. Award charts are not great Alaska Air has finally published some semblance of an award chart for Singapore Airlines flights, but they are rather disappointing. [UPDATE] Following the update of the award chart, China is now classified under North Asia, resulting in a bump in the miles required. Hong Kong and Taiwan remains under “Southeast Asia”, requiring less miles. Also, Alaska Air no longer allow for a stopover for intra-Asia travel, which means you …

Alaska Air Mileage Plan sale now on again: get up to 40% bonus miles

Works out to an effective 28.6% discount on the miles purchase. Book now until 1 November 2019, 3pm. Alaska Air is back with a bonus miles promotion for miles purchase – this time round offering a 40% bonus when you buy miles. Note that the bonus is tiered: you will need to purchase at least 30,000 miles to trigger the 40% bonus. There is a limit of 60,000 miles that you can buy per transaction, up to a maximum of 150,000 miles (including all bonus miles) per year, per account. This limit is actually rather inconsequential, given that you can redeem air tickets for virtually anyone from any account. Having said that, status holders (MVP, MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K Mileage Plan) have no annual limit on the number of miles which may be purchased or gifted. How much will it cost? At the time of writing, Alaska Air Mileage Plan is selling miles at 2.75 US cents per mile, not including a 7.5% ‘tax recovery’ fee. At a 40% bonus, this works out …