Alaska has been improving the mileage redemption opportunities of their Mileage Plan program lately by adding one-way awards. They rolled out the functionality slowly at first, with American being the first partner carrier on which you could book one-way awards, followed by British Airways.
Well it seems they’ve made a huge leap today, as they’ve added the functionality to book one-way awards online on the following carriers today:
That means aside from a few partners, like Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, and LAN, it’s now possible to book awards online and for one-way travel.
I’m especially excited about the ability to book one-way awards on Emirates, as they were added as a partner on which you could redeem miles earlier this year.
But here’s the best part — you can do a stopover on a one-way international award in most cases.
Take the below for example — you can travel on Emirates from New York to Dubai to Kuala Lumpur, with a two day stopover in Dubai, for 72,500 miles in business class.
That’s huge news, and makes Alaska miles so much more valuable, in my opinion. That being said, unfortunately they don’t seem to be displaying Emirates first class award space correctly at the moment (not that there’s much to speak of), so let’s hope that’s fixed soon.
Now if only Cathay Pacific was eligible for one-ways, so you could book a trip from the US to South Africa via Hong Kong with a stopover for 70,000 miles in first class…
(Tip of the hat to Mike)