Mileage Plan Bonus: Up to 50% more!

Alaska Mileage Plan is back with another promotion on miles purchases. A few weeks back they ran a summer promotion on miles, and before that I was targeted for a maximum 50% bonus miles purchase.

Now that summer is almost over, travelers must be thinking of plans for the holidays next. And that’s most likely where this promotion fits in.

This new deal runs until October 4th (PST), and the maximum bonus percentage on offer varies per account. Just how much more can you get, you ask?


The Mileage Plan Bonus

You can get this offer if your account is at least 10 days old, so if you still haven’t made one you should register now. Once your account becomes eligible, you login to your account page to check your personal offer. If you’re eligible for the maximum bonus, you get to see this:

Promotion Purchase

You buy at least 10,000 miles to get a 20% bonus, 20,000 for 35%, or 40,000 for the maximum 50% extra miles. Buying at the maximum Mileage Plan bonus yields around 1.97 cents per mile which we think is good value.

You can only buy a maximum 60,000 base miles per transaction, but you can do this any number of times. So you can buy up to a million miles, if you need or want to.

What can you get with all these miles? Take a good look at their awards chart and you may — subject to seat availability — book itineraries such as:

  • Asia to Europe on Finnair
    • Business: 60,000
  • 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

Note that an intra-Asia leg of Alaska Airlines partners rarely have First Class. You’d therefore usually end up with Business on that segment.


Final Word

Though run by a non-alliance US-based carrier, Mileage Plan is one of the better miles programs available even for non-frequent fliers. The program frequently offers these purchase bonus promotions and has attractive partner award options.

While we’d never want you to take unnecessary debt to buy excessive miles, this is definitely one good opportunity to get started on awards travel.