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.
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.
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 Aeromexico, Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Fiji Airways, Hainan Airlines, Icelandair, KLM, Korean Air, LAN, and Qantas. Noticeably absent from the list is Delta, which technically partners with Alaska, even though they’re sort of enemies.
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.
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?