Alaska Offering Up To Triple Miles For Travel On Emirates

Over the past couple of years one of my favorite airline partnerships has been between Alaska and Emirates. While the partnership began in 2012, reciprocal mileage redemption only began in early 2013.

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Suffice to say this presented an awesome value, given that Alaska allows stopovers on one-way awards, and has very reasonable redemption rates for Emirates. I recently redeemed 100,000 miles to fly with my dad from Los Angeles to Dubai in Emirates A380 first class, connecting from Dubai to Singapore in Emirates A380 first class.

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Anyway, Alaska Mileage Plan now has a pretty lucrative promotion for travel on Emirates, whereby they’re offering both bonus miles and discounts for travel on Emirates. This is very similar to the promotion they offered last year.

I tend to think that Alaska Mileage Plan is already one of the best programs for crediting miles from paid Emirates travel, and that just got even more lucrative.

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Alaska is offering bonus Mileage Plan miles for travel on Emirates out of the US. The basic details are as follows:

  • Valid for travel on Emirates between March 1 and May 15, 2015
  • Registration is required by March 31, 2015, and prior to first qualifying roundtrip

Mileage Plan is offering double miles for travel in paid economy and business class, and triple miles for travel in paid first class.

The “fine print” is as follows:

  • Only valid on qualifying paid nonstop flights between Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), or Washington D.C. (IAD) and Dubai (DXB), plus onward connecting flights through Dubai (DXB)
  • Flights must be marketed and operated by Emirates
  • Triple miles for first classes of service F, A, and P
  • Double miles for business and economy classes of service J, C, O, I, Y, E, R, W, M, B, U, K, Q, L, T, V, X, and H

On top of that, Alaska is offering discounts for paid travel on Emirates:

  • Receive $1,000 off the base fare for first class (F, A, P) of service
  • $500 off the base fare for business (J, C, O, I) class of service
  • $50 off the base fare for economy (Y, E, R, W, M, B, U, K, Q, L, T, V, X and H) class of service
  • Valid for new ticket purchases only at emirates.com using promo code USALK15
  • Fare discount offer is valid only on qualifying paid nonstop flights between Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), or Washington D.C. (IAD) and Dubai (DXB), plus onward connecting flights through Dubai (DXB), from March 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015
  • Tickets must be purchased by March 31, 2015

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Now those are some real savings — I’ll take three, please!

Bottom line

With the future of Emirates first class redemptions using Alaska miles up in the air, it’s nice to see that the partnership isn’t completely falling apart and that they’re still working together. My hope is that long term first class redemptions on Emirates return for Mileage Plan members.

While the above isn’t a good enough promotion to mileage run or anything, for travel you’d make otherwise this is a great offer. Emirates does have some great paid first & business class fares, but unfortunately that’s primarily for travel originating outside the US, which wouldn’t be eligible for this promotion.

Comments

  1. pray for some emirates mistake to take advantage of this promotion :D. Otherwise, I’m not gonna do it especially uncertainty over EK F award flights

  2. @Lucky

    Since the fine print does not say anything about it being a return flight out of the US would you be able to claim bonus miles on the return flight on a cmb-auh-Any US airport round ticket?

    I assume not, but it would be nice if it would be possible? Just looking for any loopholes being Europe based.

  3. Quick Question — I just arrived earlier today from a one way JNB-DXB-SFO in paid First Class (which was AWESOME by the way). After reading your post just now, I’ve registered for the deal on Alaska’s site, so should be set whenever they post. What’s the chance that I’ll get the triple mile bonus for all or part of the journey? Wouldn’t the DXB-SFO leg be “between SFO and DXB”? Not sure where you’re reading that the flight must “originate” in the US?

  4. Do you think they are elite qualifying miles? The fine print doesn’t say there not unless I missed it. For $32,000 you could be MVP Gold.

  5. @Alvin – I had a good laugh at that with some friends before as well as British Airways Premium Economy W, E, T fares.

  6. @ Bill — The promo terms to me suggest that it’s only valid for travel originating in the US, and not the other way around.

  7. @lucky – Actually, EK doesn’t publish any good fares out of CAI. Not sure about CMB, but CAI is just another market for them. EY, however, has started publishing some mind-blowing fares out CAI, including a CAI-AUH-BKK-AUH-CAI (9138 BIS mi) at $1000

  8. @lucky – Have an update for you. Miles just posted, and I can confirm that the promotion works for flights originating outside the US!

    JNB-DXB; 8,109 flown; 28,382 bonus; 36,491 total (450% flown!)
    DXB-SFO; 3,970 flown; 13,895 bonus; 17,865 total (450% flown!)

    Looks like the bonus includes:

    50% EK First Class Bonus + 200% AS/EK Promotion Bonus (for First, would be 100% for Business/Coach) + 100% AS MVPG Bonus

    Also, EQM included the miles flown plus the class bonus (150% miles flown).

    Not too shabby!

  9. Oops, mixed up the flights above (DXB-SFO is much longer than JNB-DXB), but good deal all the same.

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