Guide: Buying Alaska Airlines Miles With 60% Bonus For Cheap Flights


Immanuel Debeer | 21/04/2022

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The Alaska Mileage Plan bonus is back! Right now Alaska is offering a sizable bonus of up to 60% on purchased miles until May 23, 2022! To see your bonus offer, click here.

Alaska Mileage Plan miles are some of the most valuable frequent flyers points out there. Why is that? Well, Alaska has a unique bunch of award partners for which you can redeem your points. Most notably are Cathay Pacific, Qantas Airways, Japan Airlines, Emirates, Korean Airlines, Fiji Airways, LATAM Airlines and Hainan to name a few. Since Alaska Airlines is now part of One World, you are also able to redeem your miles across all One World airline partners.

Purchasing miles from Alaska Mileage Plan (especially when there’s a bonus involved) can be a cheap way to experience business or first class for much cheaper than compared to paying for a cash fare in business or first.

Alaska Airlines sell their points throughout the year, and from time to time there’s a bonus promotion, which in tandem with favourable exchange rates makes for a rather good bargain.

Alaska Mileage plan allows you to buy 150,000 miles per calendar year. To get around this you could open multiple accounts or use family to book under your name.

Keep in mind your Alaska Mileage Plan needs to be active for 10 days before you can start buying points, so get onto that ASAP if you want to take advantage of the current promotion!

Click here to buy Alaska Miles + bonus

Current Alaska Miles Deal (April-May 2022)

Currently, you can purchase up to 100,000 miles + 60% bonus miles!
Keep in mind that the current promotion ends on December 23, 2021. This means the price per point is currently US$ 0.019708

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Buy 3,000-14,000 miles, get up to 30% more.
  • Buy 15,000-100,000 miles, get up to 40% more.

There’s no limit to the number of times you can buy with your account, but there is a limit of 4 per credit cards and purchases are capped at 150,000 points (per calendar year). Also, keep in mind that the purchase will be charged in USD so it’s best to use a card that doesn’t attract FX fees (typically 3%). Use one of the many neobank debit cards or the debit card that attract no foreign exchange fees to make your purchase (and save 3%!).

Best Use Of Alaska Mileage Plan Miles

Cathay Pacific Business Class Australia/New Zealand to Hong Kong

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One of my favourite redemptions would be the business class flight from any Australian city (Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane) to Hong Kong on the A330 or A350 with the fantastic reverse herringbone seats.

  • Cost: 30,000 Alaska Miles + taxes
  • Price in USD: $515

How to Book Cathay Pacific With Alaska Miles

Keep in mind that Cathay Pacific award space is not available online via Alaska Airlines; therefore you need to use other tools to do your research. We recommend British Airways, American Airlines or Asia Miles award finder tools. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Create a British Airways Executive Club account
  2. Search for award space on British Airways/American Airlines/Asia Miles etc.
  3. Note down your desired flight numbers, dates and time
  4. Call Alaska Airlines on +1-800-252-7522
  5. Inform the agent you would like to book an award ticket on Cathay Pacific using your miles
  6. Provide the flight info which you should have noted down earlier
  7. Provide your passport and credit card details to complete the booking.

Note that not all the award space you will find on the One World partner search tools will match with the inventory Alaska Airlines has been allocated, flexible travel dates is the #1 benefit a point hacker can have.

Cathay Pacific Dubai to London Via Hong Kong

Thanks to the Alaska Mileage Plan stopover rules you can book a trip with Cathay Pacific in business class from Dubai to London with a stopover in Hong Kong. Best of all, the price is amazing; only 42,500 miles are required for this whole itinerary! To book this amazing redemption, you will have to get on the phone as it can’t be done online.

  • Cost: 42,500 Alaska Miles + taxes
  • Price in USD: $837

Qantas Business Class Domestic

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Qantas business class from east/west coast on the A330. Check out my review here.
You will be paying a quarter of the cash price Qantas is looking for!

  • Cost: 20,000 Alaska Miles + Taxes
  • Price in USD: $394

Qantas First Class

Qantas A380 Refreshed First Class

Another great redemption (if you can get it!) is Qantas first class from Australia to the U.S. in first class! You can check out my review of Qantas A380 first class cabin here.

  • Cost: 70,000 Alaska Miles + taxes
  • Price in USD: $1379

Qantas Business Class International

Qantas A380 Business

Naturally, if you can’t snag a seat in first, business class on Qantas isn’t all too bad, and for around 15k less than first, you can enjoy it from Australia to anywhere in the U.S.

  • Cost: 55,000 Alaska Miles + taxes
  • Price in USD: $1083.5

Fiji Airways Business Class

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Volcano spotting in Hawaii? Why not fly there in comfort with Fiji Airways for a fraction of the cash cost! You can depart from either Australia or New Zealand for the same price. Naturally, you’re probably thinking “why not Fiji?”. Good question, but it isn’t allowed as a redemption from Australia with Alaska Miles.

  • Cost: 45,000 Alaska Miles + taxes
  • Price in USD: $886.5

Korean Airlines Business Class

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Korean Airways from Australia to the U.S via South Korea in business is also an option. however, this is always priced as a return flight.

  • Cost: 125,000 Alaska Miles + taxes
  • Price is USD: $2462.5

Cathay Pacific First & Business (Europe)

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If you’ve already positioned to Hong Kong, why not fly on to Europe in first class with Cathay Pacific? Check out my review here. Alternatively, “slum” it in business for a significant saving.

  • Cost First Class: 70,000 Alaska Miles + taxes
  • Price in USD: $1379
  • Cost Business: 42,500 Alaska Miles + taxes
  • Price in USD: $837

Japan Airlines First Class

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Already in the U.S.? Why not try Japan Airlines in first class to Asia.

  • Cost First Class: 70,000 Alaska Miles + taxes
  • Price in USD: $1379

Those are just a few of the many options available. To maximise the journey you can even utilise the free stopover on a one-way ticket. If your end destination is in the same region, the mileage requirement will also be the same. For example, you could fly from the US to Hong Kong, stop over and continue onto Singapore for the same price (50,000 Miles). To figure out the best routes, you will have to look at the possible destinations each Alaska partner airline flies to.

Redeeming Alaska Miles for travel with Emirates

Unfortunately, Alaska Mileage Plan does not allow redemption on Emirates from Australia, but you can use your miles to redeem Emirates business and first from the U.S. to Dubai and onto other destinations in the Middle East. The cost price of these redemptions, however, received a considerable devaluation a few years ago so using Qantas points to fly Emirates is generally a better idea. To explore the prices and options, check out the award chart here.

Important note:

Before you jump in, keep in mind that since Alaska Airlines isn’t part of an alliance; they set the rules on the routes you can redeem your miles on. This means that even though they partner with Qantas, it doesn’t mean you can simply book ANY route on the Qantas network. The same goes for other airlines. To see which routing options are available (other than my favourite routes listed above). You can visit the Alaska Airlines interactive award chart to see the options.

How about those pesky taxes?

Good news, unlike Qantas, Alaska Mileage Plan is very reasonable when it comes to charging taxes. Generally, there isn’t much you can do about government taxes and when it comes to carrier imposed taxes known as “fuel surcharges”, there’s no markup by Alaska Airlines so they won’t collect any extras for the majority of redemptions. The exception to this rule is British Airways and Iceland Air.

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To get an accurate idea of how much taxes you will need to pay in addition to the points required, your best bet is the ITA Matrix and search for the flight you want to redeem. Once you find it, click on the total price to get a breakdown of all the taxes added on.

Other Fees

Alaska is very reasonable when it comes to charging fees but here are a few you may want to keep in consideration when booking!

  • $15 Phone booking fee. This is charged for awards that can’t be booked online such as Cathay Pacific or more complex routes. It’s worth it to try to get the agent to waive this fee because the award wasn’t bookable online… but it’s not a guarantee.
  • $12.5 Partner Award ticket fee, mostly this is an unavoidable cost when booking flights which aren’t operated by Alaska Airlines themselves.
  • $125 Change or Cancellation Fee. When it comes to Alaska Mileage Plan, changing or cancelling a ticket is essentially the same thing and will attract a $125 fee per ticket. Your taxes and miles will be refunded, so it’s not all bad news when worse comes to worse. However, if you’re cancelling 60 days before departure, Alaska Airlines will waive this fee. Same goes if you’re MVP Gold or 75k Elite with Alaska Mileage Plan.

Researching and booking

Finding award space and booking it is usually the trickiest part of this operation. I don’t find Alaska’s award finder all that reliable, so it’s best to double-check with other carriers as well.
My favourites are British Airways, JAL Mileage Bank or Asia Miles.

Alternatively, you can use tools such as Award NexusExpert Flyer (my favourite) or KVS tool to do your research but these are paid options and generally require a bit more knowledge to operate.

Alaska Mileage Plan In Conclusion

It’s best to buy miles if and when you have a redemption in mind. Alaska Miles credit to your account instantly, so there’s no waiting around hoping the flights you found don’t disappear.
Overall Alaska Mileage Plan offers some fantastic prices if you want to enjoy first or business class at a fraction of the cash price so make sure you register for a free account here.

Alaska Mileage Plan Sale History

DateBonus Offer
April-May 2022Up To 60%
November-December 202150%
October 202050-60%
April 2020Up to 60%
July - August 201940-50%
June 201930% Discount on purchase
May 201950%
March 201940%
January-February 201940%
November-December 201850%
October 201840%
August-October 201850%
May-July 201840%
February-April 201840%
January-February 201840%
November-December 201740%
October 201730% Discount on purchase
August-October 201750%
May-July 201750%
February-April 201740%
January-February 201740%
November 201640%
August 201650%
May 201650%
February-March 201640%
November-December 201550%
August-September 201540%
July-August 201535%
March 201540%
November-December 201435%
September-October 201440%
May 201435%
March 201440%
December 201335%
September 201340%
August 201240%

Immanuel Debeer

Chief points nerd and travel hacker at Flight Hacks

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