In March Alaska announced a new partnership with Condor, allowing passengers to credit Condor flights to Mileage Plan. It has taken almost two months, but we now finally have access to award charts for redemptions on Condor. Since Condor doesn’t have their own loyalty program, you can redeem Alaska miles for their flights, but not the other way around.
You can redeem miles from the US and Canada to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The rates are as follows:
To be honest, I’m surprised how high some of these rates are, especially for Premium Class. I wouldn’t recommend redeeming 45,000+ valuable Alaska miles for that product.
Meanwhile, economy and business class awards are a slightly better deal. While I wouldn’t be thrilled to pay 25,000 miles one-way for economy from the U.S. to Europe, availability is wide open and taxes are quite low.
When searching award space, I didn’t find any flights at “medium” or “high” prices (which are rates you definitely shouldn’t spend on economy class). Meanwhile, business class awards at 55,000 miles to Europe could be valuable from some of Condor’s more unique destinations, such as New Orleans or Pittsburgh.
Unfortunately, business class award space is virtually non-existent.
I eventually found a flight from Portland to Frankfurt on September 22nd – and at least the taxes are low. Even then, I’d be hesitant to spend 55,000 miles for a product that often costs ~$800 one-way across the Atlantic.
Redeeming Alaska miles for this ~$829 flight from Frankfurt to Pittsburgh would get you a mere 1.47 cents per mile.
In addition, Condor has an angled business class product. Given that you can redeem 50,000 miles for lie-flat transatlantic seats on American, for example, I’d only use my miles on Condor if it was by far the most convenient option.
While it’s great to have another airlines to redeem Alaska miles on, I’m disappointed in the award rates and award availability. Considering the redemption rates, I’d choose to redeem my miles on other airlines. Being able to earn Alaska miles for Condor flights is incredibly valuable though – especially earning 300% on Business Class fares. On the bright side, you can search award space directly on Alaska’s website.