Earn Bonus Alaska Miles For Flying Partner Airlines

On a per mile basis, I consider Alaska Mileage Plan miles to be the most valuable miles out there, given their unique array of partner airlines. While Alaska isn’t part of any alliance, they partner with some airlines in oneworld and SkyTeam, as well as several independent airlines.

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I consider Alaska Mileage Plan to be a great program for crediting miles from multiple airlines, especially for those who don’t fly often enough to earn status within one alliance.

Alaska just launched a promotion to encourage members to credit their partner airline flights to Mileage Plan.

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Alaska Mileage Plan is offering 1,000 bonus miles for each qualifying global airline partner you fly internationally between June 1, 2016, and September 15, 2016.

Participating partners include AeromexicoAir France, American AirlinesBritish AirwaysCathay PacificEmiratesFiji AirwaysHainan AirlinesIcelandairKLMKorean AirLAN, and Qantas. Noticeably absent from the list is Delta, which technically partners with Alaska, even though they’re sort of enemies.

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Credit Korean Air flights to Alaska Mileage Plan and earn bonus miles

Registration for the promotion is required prior to the first qualifying flight. The promotion is only valid for flights to non-US destinations. In order to be eligible for the 1,000 bonus miles you have to credit the miles to Mileage Plan as well.

Bonus miles should post 4-6 weeks after qualifying activity.

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Credit Cathay Pacific flights to Alaska Mileage Plan and earn bonus miles

Bottom line

This promotion is better than nothing, though 1,000 bonus miles for an international flight is hardly enough of an incentive to change any sort of travel or mileage crediting patterns. I think it would be really fun if they had some sort of a tiered bonus (fly two partners, earn X bonus miles, fly three partners, earn Y bonus miles, fly four partners, earn Z bonus miles, etc.), but I’m guessing they don’t have enough of an incentive to offer that.

Regardless, crediting to Mileage Plan can be a great option to begin with, so if you were going to do it anyway, then this is a further perk to doing so. For example, I’ve credited plenty of American Airlines international flights (upgraded using systemwide upgrades) to Alaska Mileage Plan.

Do you plan on taking advantage of this Alaska partner promotion?

Comments

  1. Just wondering if any domestic flight would trigger this promotion. eg domectic flight in france by AF. domestic flight in China by HU. If this is the case, that woukd be a huge deal.

    Also a round trip from shanghai to bangkok flight by CX will trigger 4 segment which is 4000 bonus mile. and price would be around 300 USD. That is a good perk as well.

  2. @ Simon — Any flight with a non-US destination should be fine, even if it’s a domestic flight in another country.

  3. Not sure if this should be mentioned. Qantas flights need to be Qantas metal in order to get Alaska points. I learned this the hard way. Would this promotion carry the same idea?

  4. @ Lucky – So on a Round trip AA code share flight in British Airways metal from BLR-LHR-EWR can be accrued in Alaska Mileage Plan? If Yes, I guessing that would be only 3000 bonus Alaska points as LHR-EWR leg wouldn’t qualify for the bonus, correct?

  5. I have the same question as Sam… I am looking at internal/domestic flights within South Africa on the British Airways franchisee Comair. BA-numbered, code shared flights. Will Alaska’s 1000 mile promo apply?

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