You Can Now Redeem Alaska Miles For Travel On Condor

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:

Continental US to Europe.
Continental U.S. and Canada to Europe.
Continental US and Canada to Middle East.
Continental U.S. and Canada to Middle East.
Continental U.S. and Canada to Africa.
Continental U.S. and Canada to Africa.

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.

Condor Economy Award Availability

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.

Condor Business Class Portland to Frankfurt

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.

Condor Business Class Prices

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.

Condor 767 Business Class bed
Condor Business Class bed.

Bottom Line

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.

Comments

  1. You’re wrong on the price for AF/KL J. It’s 62.5k miles.

    Also, you should try looking up how much AA/AF/KL J to Europe there is before telling people to book it. Try “not much”. In fact Lucky wrote about AA premium class availability.

  2. Does the airline fly within the US? That first chart shows Continental U.S. to Continental U.S.?

  3. American is no longer 50,000 for a one-way TATL J award seat, it’s now 57,500. Assuming of course you can find availability.

  4. Would it be correct to say that one would get 20kg of checked luggage plus 6kg total for what one carries on, that the miles would be non refundable, not sure about whether there is food or drink for free or a reserved non middle seat , and that if booked within 60 days that one would pay an Alaska fee?

    Still if one gets over a cent a mile I am not sure that one is doing particularly poorly. It is not as if Alaska has great availability on awards.

  5. Looks like food is included and drinks such as water or soft drink but not juice or alcohol is included, but that one pays 30 euro each way for a seat reservation — somewhat necessary for such a long flight on a low cost carrier. If that is a case , this option is beginning to look crummy

  6. @Dan:

    Journalists generally note corrections to their work. But thanks for making it. 😉

    @CanesLawMarty:

    Dan is discussing Alaska redemptions for American flights. He is correct. The Alaska price is 50,000 Alaska miles for AA J to and from Europe from North America (including the Continental US, Canada, Mexico and Hawaii). American’s price is different, and also irrelevant when discussing Alaska Mileage Plan.

  7. Well, I guess its better than nothing. Flying to Europe from Seattle using Alaska points isn’t the easiest. The more direct options are Icelandic (very basic business class) or BA (lots of taxes). AA/KL/AF business seats are almost non existent (I did find one to AMS in Jan!), AND they all require repositioning flight thru YVR, SFO or ORD. I’ve noticed AS has also been stingy on those connecting flights.

  8. Too expensive considering J is rarely more than $2300. Maybe worth redeeming a combo of Alaska + Condor for the stopover. I.e.- SEA-MSU/FRA

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