In early November I wrote about Alaska’s Mileage Plan offering up to a 35% bonus on purchased miles. I figured I’d post a reminder about this promo, since it ends on Saturday, December 20, 2014. So this is the last week you can take advantage of the promotion.
If you max out the promotion you can purchase Mileage Plan miles for ~2.19 cents each. I know that doesn’t sound all that low, but there are a few things that make Alaska Mileage Plan and their promotions especially lucrative:
- There’s no limit to the number of Mileage Plan miles you can buy per promotion, so this is one of the few promotions where you can really generate as many miles as you’d like
- There are some amazing uses of Alaska Mileage Plan miles, especially for travel on Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Fiji Airways, LAN, etc.
- Alaska Mileage Plan allows a stopover on a one way award, which makes them one of the few programs where that’s possible
Historically Mileage Plan offers one promotion on purchased miles every quarter, so this isn’t a “use it or lose it” type promotion. That being said, if you have international travel plans in the coming months and don’t have enough miles to fund the trip, this can be a fantastic way to do so.
It’s one of the few promotions on purchased miles that I consider to consistently be worthwhile. 70,000 miles will get you a one-way first class ticket on Cathay Pacific from New York to Hong Kong to Johannesburg, so for a bit over $1,500 one way, that’s a steal, in my opinion.
It’s not for everyone, but I do tend to think it’s worth posting a reminder about this offer, since it’s especially useful for those that are new to the hobby that don’t have an existing mileage balance but want to fly international premium cabins in the near future.
Have you purchased Mileage Plan miles through their current promotion?