Mileage Plan Early 2019 Bonus: Up to 40% More Miles

By now you might be familiar as to why Alaska Mileage Plan is a useful frequent flyer program. Very similar to last year’s, there will be a Mileage Plan early 2019 bonus which will last until February 22nd (PST).

The Mileage Plan Bonus

For starters, only accounts that are at least 10 days old are eligible for this offer. If you’re still not sure about the deal or the program itself, you should create an account for now and purchase the miles later. As mentioned above, the deal is valid until February 22 so you at least have quite some time to avail of the promotion.

Once your account becomes eligible, you should login to your account page to confirm the deal which would look something like this:

Straightforward Bonus for the Promotion

Remember that you have to buy at least 20,000 miles to get the bonus, up to a purchase of 60,000 for a maximum of 24,000 extra miles. This deal comes to a cost of around 2.11 cents per mile which we think is good value.

Where can those Mileage Plan miles take you? 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

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

Unfortunately a year on there is still no award availability from partner Singapore Airlines. But given their control over premium cabin space, we can only look forward to such space availability with tempered anticipation.


Purchase Limits

There is, however, a bit of a catch when it comes to purchasing Mileage Plan points. There is word from OMAAT that, via (the purchase processor), non-elite Mileage Plan accounts can only be credited up to a total of 150,000 miles in a given calendar year. That limit also includes any bonuses you receive from promotions like this current offer.

So whereas before you can perform an unlimited number of transactions of up to 60,000 base miles each, non-elites can now only do so until they reach this new limit. You’d have to move up to at least MVP before you are allowed to purchase any more.


Final Word

Alaska Airlines starts the year again with another Mileage Plan early 2019 bonus, and it’s a welcome promotion. Deals like this make the program accessible and partner redemption options more attractive. The new purchase restrictions may be a slight damper for those new to the travel hobby, but this bonus offer is still a good place to start.

If you’ve managed to use up all the miles last year, now’s another great opportunity to build up those points for travel later on… but as with any good thing, purchase moderately.