Extended! Mileage Plan Spring 2019 Flash: Extra 40% Miles

EDIT: This promotion has been extended until March 19th (PST).

At Asian Miler we’ve shared how Alaska Mileage Plan is very convenient as a frequent flyer program, even if you don’t live in North America. It hasn’t been a month since the very last promotion and yet here comes a new Mileage Plan spring 2019 flash sale available only until March 17th (PST).

The Mileage Plan Bonus

As a reminder, only accounts that are at least 10 days old are eligible for this offer. Unfortunately, if you don’t have an account already you won’t be able to avail this deal as it runs for just five days. However if you are eligible, you should login to your account page to confirm the deal which would look something like this:

Mileage Plan Flash Offer

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

Note, however, that in buying miles (via Points.com, 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.

What that means is that if you wanted to buy more miles you’d have to move up to at least MVP before you are allowed to purchase any more.


Final Word

This Mileage Plan spring 2019 flash promotion is quite surprising, considering that the last offer just ended three weeks ago. But it’s deals like this that make the program accessible and partner redemption options more attractive.

If you’ve managed to use up all the miles already or need more, now’s another opportune time to build up those points for subsequent travel.