The four lucrative frequent flyer programs that most frequently sell miles are Alaska Mileage Plan, Avianca LifeMiles, American AAdvantage, and US Airways Dividend Miles.
AAdvantage, Dividend Miles, and LifeMiles are all offering bonuses on generating miles at the moment, while Mileage Plan isn’t. So I’ve been asked quite a few times over the past couple of weeks when Alaska Mileage Plan will next be offering a bonus on purchased miles.
I suppose for some this is especially time sensitive, given that Emirates first class doesn’t seem bookable using Alaska Mileage Plan miles for travel after March 28, 2015.
There are a few things that make purchasing Alaska Mileage Plan miles especially lucrative:
- There’s no limit to how many miles you can buy per promotion or per year
- Alaska miles can be redeemed for one-way travel with stopovers
- There are some amazing uses of Alaska Mileage Plan miles, given their unique partners
With that in mind, when will Alaska likely offer the next bonus on the purchase of miles? While I don’t have a crystal ball, for a long time Alaska has consistently offered a bonus on the purchase of miles four times per year — typically one per quarter.
For some context on the most recent promotions:
- In December of 2014 they offered up to a 35% bonus on the purchase of miles
- In September of 2014 they offered up to a 40% bonus on the purchase of miles
- In May of 2014 they offered up to a 35% bonus on the purchase of miles
- In March of 2014 they offered up to a 40% bonus on the purchase of miles
- In December of 2013 they offered up to a 35% bonus on the purchase of miles
- In September of 2013 they offered up to a 40% bonus on the purchase of miles
It’s also worth noting that unlike with other airlines, they often don’t launch these promotions the first day of the month.
So based on historical trends, I would guess that Alaska will start offering a bonus on the purchase of miles either in the second half of February or the first week of March. Furthermore, given that Alaska has been alternating between 35% and 40% bonuses, I’d guess that this one will be for a 40% bonus.
I could be wrong, but that’s the best guess I can provide based on what we’ve seen in the past.
Do you plan on “biting” the next time Alaska offers a bonus on purchased miles?