Last week I wrote about how Emirates was being added as an Alaska Mileage Plan partner airline as of March 1, 2012, given that Emirates is starting daily service between Seattle and Dubai in a couple of months. The news might seem insignificant to most, but I’d say it’s actually one of the most useful airline partnerships in quite a while (even more so once you can redeem Alaska miles for travel on Emirates). Emirates is currently lacking decent partner airlines for those of us in North America, so being able to at least rack up Mileage Plan miles for travel on Emirates is pretty sweet, given that Mileage Plan miles are fairly valuable.
So as if that wasn’t cool enough, Alaska has just announced that they’ll be offering double redeemable Mileage Plan miles for travel on Emirates between March 1 and May 31, 2012. Registration is required prior to travel, and bonus miles post within four to six weeks of travel.
Keep in mind that if you’re an MVP Gold member you should earn 100% bonus miles for travel on Emirates (I don’t think it has been officially confirmed yet, though since you can accrue elite qualifying miles on Emirates, you should also be able to earn the elite bonus redeemable miles), so you’re potentially looking at triple (or more!) miles on select fares.
Despite the fact that Alaska doesn’t even fly to my home town, I’m sorely tempted to go for top tier with them. Stay tuned for my post this afternoon as I share some pretty ridiculous sales Emirates is having right now.