Mileage Plan Bonus Offers: Up to 50% More Miles

Summer in the north is here, and Alaska Airlines is running another Mileage Plan bonus offer, which may vary for different people.

Earlier this month I was targeted for a 40% bonus for a minimum 10000 miles purchased. Perhaps because I took advantage of that offer, I didn’t receive the email now promoting this new bonus circulating over the Internet.

This deal runs until July 3rd (PST), and the maximum bonus percentage on offer varies per account.


The Mileage Plan Bonus

You can only get this offer once your account is at least 10 days old. You can create an account for now should you decide to purchase miles later. Once your account becomes old enough, you should login to your account page to see your personal offer. If you’re also eligible for the maximum, you would see this:

Promotion Purchase

Targeted Offer

Whereas normally you get the maximum bonus (40% or 50%) when purchasing at least 50,000, it looks like I was targeted for a better deal. Alaska Mileage Plan is offering me 40% extra for buying as little as 30,000 miles. This deal comes to a cost of around 2.11 cents per mile which is good value.

And this is a good reminder to take a look at the Mileage Plan buy miles page, just in case they have unique promotions on offer for you.

Keep in mind that you can only buy a maximum 60,000 base miles per transaction, but you can do any number of transactions. So you can buy up to a million miles, if you need or want to.

We’ve covered the benefits of Alaska Mileage Plan before, but where can you go with those miles? Take a good look at their awards chart and you may — subject to seat availability — book tickets like:

  • Asia to Continental USA on Cathay Pacific
    • First: 70,000
    • Business: 50,000
  • Round-trip Southeast Asia to Continental USA on Korean Air
    • Business: 120,000
  • Southeast Asia to Continental USA on Japan Airlines
    • First: 75,000
    • Business: 65,000
  • Within Asia on Cathay Pacific
    • Business: 22,500
  • Within Asia on Japan Airlines
    • Business: 25,000

On the intra-Asia leg of Alaska Airlines partners note that there are rarely any routes with First Class. You’d therefore usually be flying Business on that segment.


Final Word

It’s a pleasant surprise to be receiving targeted offers from Mileage Plan. I have only recently purchased miles from a more select and better promotion just weeks ago, so I may put off buying any more… for now.

If you’re new to the program and are eyeing premium cabin seats for travel some time soon, now would be a great time. Or you could purchase some for now, and see whether Mileage Plan will offer better targeted deals in the future. Either way, plan before purchasing!