Mileage Plan Early Summer 2018: Up to 40% more Miles

Alaska Mileage Plan is rather generous with holding promotions on miles purchases. During the last promotion a few weeks ago, I was targeted for a maximum 50% bonus miles purchase.

They have announced anew a similar offer for early summer.

This new deal runs until July 13th (PST), and the maximum bonus percentage on offer varies per account. How do you get the extra miles?


The Mileage Plan Bonus

This offer is only available for accounts that are at least 10 days old. Since this is promotion is offered for a short period this time, only existing accounts can take advantage of this.

You can buy at least 10,000 to get a 20% bonus, 20,000 for 30%, or 40,000 for the maximum 40% extra miles. This deal comes to a cost of around 2.11 cents per mile which we think is good value.

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.

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

Mileage Plan is one of the better miles programs available, despite being owned by a non-alliance carrier. They offer these frequent purchase bonus promotions and attractive partner award options.

If you’ve been eyeing a trip on a premium airline cabin for quite some time, now would be a great time to jump on this program.