Back in April of this year, Alaska Airlines and Starlux announced their new partnership. The alliance came about as Starlux geared up to launch its inaugural transpacific service between Taipei and Los Angeles. It was also the first partnership for the Taipei-based premium carrier, an exciting prospect among travel addicts eager to redeem miles onboard the luxurious airline.
While reciprocal mileage earning was launched four months ago, redemptions were still up in the air, until now! But there’s even more great news, with Alaska Mileage Plan offering up some tantalising redemption costs and mouth-watering availability for travel with Starlux.
For now, we can see award availability for Starlux business class on pretty much every single flight, no exaggeration! With Alaska as Starlux’s first major airline partner, I imagine the startup is in for a shocking amount of redemptions over the coming weeks. I mean look at the business availability from Los Angeles to Taipei for September 2023!
Starlux Redemptions Via Alaska Mileage Plan
Alaska Mileage Plan is one of those annoying programs that refuse to publish their dynamic award costs. But until 31st August 2023, you can book discounted introductory award rates between Los Angeles and Taipei only. With taxes set at just US$19, it’s a pretty sweet deal.
Until the end of August, expect to pay the following for a one-way booking between Los Angeles and Taipei;
- Economy: 20,000 Alaska Miles
- Premium economy: 40,000 Alaska Miles
- Business: 60,000 Alaska Miles
Here’s how many Alaska Miles you’ll need for a one-way Starlux flight between Taipei and;
- United States: 65,000 in economy, 85,000 in premium or 130,000 in business
- Southeast Asia: 25,000 in economy, 32,500 in premium or 50,000 in business
- North Asia: 10,000 in economy or 15,000 in business
Earning Alaska Miles Onboard Starlux
The option to redeem Alaska Miles onboard Starlux follows the ability to earn miles since 26th April. You can send mileage from any Starlux flight to your Alaska Mileage Plan account, according to the fare class and distance flown.
Summing Up: Why We Are So Excited
You only have to look at Starlux’s gorgeous first and business class seating to understand why the Flight Hacks team is aroused at the prospect of redemptions.
The Taiwanese start-up, which describes itself as a “detail-oriented luxury airline” currently operates throughout Asia and to the United States. Direct flights to Europe and Australia are on the agenda, as the airline steadily expands its widebody fleet with Airbus A330neo and A350 jets.