Alaska Is Offering Double Miles On Nearly 50 Routes

Alaska Mileage Plan is the best frequent flyer program offered by any US airline, in my opinion. They continue to award miles based on distance flown rather than dollars spent, and on top of that have excellent elite recognition and great mileage redemption opportunities. As if mileage earning with Alaska wasn’t generous enough already, Alaska Mileage Plan is offering a double miles promotion for travel on nearly 50 routes, including many of their new flights.

The promotion is valid for travel on select nonstop flights between September 1, 2017, and February 28, 2018 — that’s six months during which you can earn bonus miles! Furthermore, registration is required before your first trip, and no later than January 31, 2018. There are no requirements as to when the reservation has to be ticketed, as long as you’re traveling over eligible dates. In order to qualify for the double miles, you need to credit the flights to Alaska Mileage Plan. Bonus miles should post 4-6 weeks after eligible flights.

Travel between the following airports is included in this promotion:

San Francisco (SFO) and:

  • Albuquerque
  • Baltimore
  • Indianapolis
  • Kansas City
  • Kona
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Mexico City
  • Minneapolis
  • Nashville
  • New Orleans
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Raleigh-Durham
  • San Diego
  • Santa Ana

San Jose (SJC) and:

  • Austin
  • Burbank
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • Santa Ana
  • Tucson

Los Angeles (LAX) and:

  • Dallas – Love Field
  • Las Vegas
  • Mexico City
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose

San Diego (SAN) and:

  • Albuquerque
  • Austin
  • Baltimore
  • Kansas City
  • Mexico City
  • Minneapolis
  • Omaha
  • Sacramento
  • San Jose
  • San Francisco
  • St. Louis

Santa Ana (SNA) and:

  • Albuquerque
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Santa Rosa

Portland (PDX) and:

  • Albuquerque
  • Baltimore
  • Detroit
  • Milwaukee
  • New York – JFK
  • Philadelphia

This potentially opens up some great opportunities to earn miles. For example, there are ~$265 roundtrip fares from San Diego to Baltimore, which covers a distance of ~4,600 miles roundtrip.

Through this promotion you’d earn 9,200 miles. On top of that, if you’re an MVP Gold 75K member you earn a 125% mileage bonus, so those members would earn ~15,000 redeemable miles roundtrip, which I value at more than the ticket cost.

It gets even better. MVP Gold 75K members get a 50,000 mile bonus upon requalifying every year, so if you want to allocate that to individual flights, that’s the equivalent of a further ~67% mileage bonus (to be clear, you only earn this bonus if you requalify, and not if you have the status but don’t requalify).

So an MVP Gold 75K member on the route would earn the equivalent of up to ~18,000 redeemable miles.

Gosh, I sure do love you, Alaska Airlines.

Will anyone be taking advantage of this double miles promotion?

(Tip of the hat to Andrew)

Comments

  1. Thanks, Ben, for sharing this. I also love Alaska’s generosity. I had previously booked a BWI-SAN-SJC roundtrip. I status matched from AA Platinum to Alaska MVP Gold and bought my tickets in a higher fare class to be able to use Alaska MVP Gold Guest upgrades. I paid using almost 30K Chase UR (through CSR), so I am essentially getting a roundtrip transcon first class ticket for a net outlay of 15K UR points.

    I was thinking about booking another west coast or Hawaii trip, and this promotion makes that more attractive.

  2. Flying PDX-BWI r/t at the end of August. No bonus for me. Plus, I have to be in Baltimore at the end of August. Boo.

  3. Anyone else find it strange that Seattle is absent from this promotion? You’d think that with Delta’s constant attempts to lure Seattle based flyers into their den Alaska would be doing everything they can to lure them back.

  4. Lucky – I cannot disagree with you more. How can you say Alaska is the “best” frequent flyer program around? They are no better than any other US carrier. Did you forget that they DOUBLED the miles required for redemption on Emirates first without any notice whatsoever? I’m a former 75k, still a Gold, with over 800k butt in seat miles on Alaska. Upgrades are less than 50%. Again, no better than AA or Delta.

  5. Nice promotion. Already had SAN-BWI, LAX-SFO, SJC-BUR, and LAX-MEX-LAX booked before the promotion.

  6. I’m flying PDX-NYC at the end of the month. So no bonus outbound (boo) but double-miles on the way home (yay!)

  7. This is awesome. Had SFO-LAX and SFO-MSY already booked (OAK-KOA too, sadly). Would be even more generous if it were also EQM but still great.

  8. Too bad they didn’t include any city in Alaska……After all, it is Alaska airlines…….

  9. correct me if i’m wrong, but after reading the terms & conditions, I think the double miles are only for the flights starting from the listed airports. For example, a PDX-JFK round trip would only earn double miles on the PDX-JFK leg, but normal miles for the JFK-PDX flight.

  10. I just called Alaska reservations. The answer is yes… The companion has to register in advance under the companion’s mileage number.

  11. And I also asked Alaska reservations whether the promotion applies only to the outbound flight (PDX – JFK) in my case as well. A long hold, but the agent said that if a round trip ticket is purchased, miles on both the outbound and return flight would receive double miles. She agreed that the text of the offer was not entirely clear on that point….

    Might be best for a few more folks to call Alaska reservations with the same question to see if a consistent answer is received.

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