Alaska Is Offering A Flash Sale On The Purchase Of Miles

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Alaska frequently offers bonuses on purchased miles, typically as high as 40%. Alaska has just announced their latest such promotion, which is more of a flash sale, and it’s different than the ones they’ve offered in the past.

Through May 3, 2017, or “while supplies last,” Alaska Mileage Plan is offering 4,000 bonus miles when you buy 10,000 miles. This offer is only available to the first 2,500 members who take advantage of the promotion. I assume that if the website shows the 4,000 bonus miles when you make the purchase, you’re good to go.

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Each member can take advantage of this promotion at most five times. If you purchase 10,000 miles you’ll receive a total of 14,000 miles at a cost of $295.63 including tax, which is a cost of ~2.11 cents per mile. That’s typically as cheap of a cost as you’ll see on the purchase of Alaska miles.

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So, what makes this promotion special? Typically when Alaska offers a bonus on purchased miles, you need to purchase a large quantity of miles to get the lowest cost per mile. For example, during Alaska’s last bonus on purchased miles you could also earn a 40% bonus, but only if you purchased at least 40,000 miles in one transaction, pre-bonus.

Typically you won’t get a 40% bonus if purchasing a smaller quantity of miles, though that’s not the case here — you can earn the bonus for buying as few as 10,000 miles, which is a great offer.

As I’ve explained before, there are many reasons to consider buying Alaska miles:

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Redeem Alaska miles for Cathay Pacific first class

To give a few examples of redemption rates (all of which allow stopovers on one-way awards):

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Redeem Alaska miles for Fiji Airways business class

If you buy miles you’ll want to first use a card where you’re meeting minimum spend, and then use a card which maximizes your return on everyday, non-bonused spend, like the Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit CardChase Freedom Unlimited®Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®Citi® Double Cash Card, etc.

Bottom line

If you’re looking to purchase a large quantity of miles then this promotion isn’t as good as the ones Alaska usually offers. However, if the goal is to just top off a Mileage Plan account, then this is a great option. Here you can acquire Mileage Plan miles at the best rate that’s typically publicly available, even when buying just 10,000 miles. Do note that this offer only seems to be available through this special points.com link, and not if accessing the offer through the website.


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Comments

  1. Hey Ben if I use my chase sapphire preferred for this, will this count for the 2x travel bonus? I remember you were saying that purchasing miles under some airline’s programs counts as a travel category and I was wondering if MP miles work just the same? Thanks!

  2. You should really put that note about the special points.com link more up front in your article… I almost gave up when I tried to purchase normally right from Alaskan’s website.

  3. I can’t risk buying a lot of miles in fear of the devaluations that come up with no warning.

    Not a risk I am willing to take.

  4. Thought more about it and convinced myself that AS will gut CX redemptions by 3Q17 I was checking availability in last couple of hours, and actually there are some good options, such as LAX-HKG-AKL and LAX-HKG-JNB available in F/J.

  5. Don’t rely on BA or JAL for CX award availability. AS inventory will either be the same or less by one seat.

  6. @RD, it will not, as the transaction’s processed through points.com, which does not register as an airfare/travel purchase on the Chase Sapphire or Reserve. I have the Virgin America Visa, so the purchase technically nets me 384 Alaska miles (295.63 points for the purchase that I can transfer to Alaska at the 1:3 rate). 14,384 Alaska miles for $296 works for me.

  7. Had this come a couple months sooner, I wouldn’t have transferred 11500 points from Elevate to Mileage Plan 😛 It’s annoying they don’t allow transfers the other way (from Mileage Plan to Elevate), but them’s the breaks.

  8. So for AS miles where is the sweet spot to Europe? Icelander Air is OK, but would rather having something non stop?

  9. Alaska just partnered with Condor but as of the last time I looked they had not yet released award travel seats. “Any day” say the AS agents.

    Iceland Air is not bad if you are flying Y – much better than Emirates as far as the seat legroom and comfort are concerned. Flew JFK-KEF on a 757 a year ago and it was tolerable – and then the connect to Europe is also a short flight. Wouldn’t waste any money/points on their upgraded product. Also better to purchase small wine at the duty free shop in the departure lounge in KEF and sandwiches for the flight.

  10. Thanks for the link, Lucky! Was frustrated when trying to purchase through my own access to my account and could not find the offer.

  11. Just getting started at this and wondering if I could get some input.
    If I’m purchasing tickets to Iceland from NYC through sky scanner or Another discount site for an Iceland air flight , will i still be able to redeem bonus miles on Alaskan airlines (partners with Icelandair) ?

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