The Cheapest You Will See Alaska Miles On Sale (50% Bonus)

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Through October 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET, you can buy Alaska Airlines miles with up to a 50% bonus. It is a targeted offer, but it looks to be pretty widespread from what I can see. Log in to your account through this link to see your offer.

The current bonus is as high as we’ve ever seen it–don’t expect to buy Alaska miles cheaper than this (if you are indeed targeted for the 50% bonus).

How the Bonus Works

The sale is structured as a bonus on the normal number of miles you’d receive.

The bonus is tiered, so the biggest 50% bonus comes from purchasing 40,000 to 60,000 miles at the normal price of about 2.9 cents each after tax.

That's even better than the last Alaska miles sale we saw in the beginning of this summer--you don't have to buy as many miles to reach the top tier bonus.
That’s even better than the last Alaska miles sale we saw in the beginning of this summer–you don’t have to buy as many miles to reach the top tier bonus.

It costs $1,773.75 to buy 90,000 miles (60k + 30k bonus) during this sale. That’s a price of 1.97 cents per mile.

While each purchase is limited to 90,000 miles including bonus, you can make unlimited purchases during the sale, so you can buy unlimited miles.

I don’t think Alaska miles are worth 1.97 cents each, but they are worth very close to that (1.75 cents each). If you have a specific redemption in mind, it is not hard to get more than 1.97 cents of value per mile.

Airlines on Which You Can Redeem Alaska Miles

Here are the Alaska partners on which you can redeem. (Note: AeroMexico awards have been unavailable since October 2015.)

I’m a big fan of Alaska miles, because of the free stopovers on one way awards and great mix of partners from multiple alliances. Read about how to get the most out of Alaska miles in 7 Awesome Alaska Awards w/Free Stopovers & How to Book Them.

Five Favorite Redemptions

Here are my five favorite redemptions with Alaska miles:

 1. Cathay Pacific First Class

Cathay Pacific First Class costs 70,000 Alaska miles one way from the United States to Asia or Africa with a free stopover in Hong Kong, or 80,000 miles one way to Australia or New Zealand, again with a free stopover possible in Hong Kong.

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Cathay Pacific Premium Economy to Asia is only 35,000 Alaska miles one way and Business Class is only 50,000.

If you buy Alaska miles for 2.11 cents each, any of these awards would be a significant discount off the retail price.

Here is Scott’s review of Cathay Pacific First Class.

2. American Airlines Flights at Pre-Devaluation Prices

Alaska still charges the same number of miles for American Airlines flights that American Airlines charged until its massive March 22, 2016 devaluation. Some steals (prices listed one way):

  • 20,000 Alaska miles for seven months out of the year in economy to Europe
  • 20,000 Alaska miles for five months out of the year in economy to Southern South America
  • 25,000 Alaska miles for six months out of the year in economy to Japan
  • 30,000 Alaska miles to Peru or Northern South America in Business Class
  • 50,000 Alaska miles in Business Class to Europe, Japan, or Southern South America
  • 62,500 Alaska miles in Business Class to Australia or New Zealand
3. Fiji Airways Business Class

You can fly from the United States to Fiji to New Zealand or Australia for only 55,000 Alaska miles one way in Business Class with a free stopover in Fiji.

4. Hainan Business Class

Alaska charges just 50,000 miles each way in Hainan flat bed Business Class to anywhere in Asia.

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There are fuel surcharges of about $140 per direction.

Full details on booking Hainan flights with Alaska miles.

5. Icelandair

Icelandair awards start at 22,500 miles one way to Iceland or 55,000 miles one way in Business Class to Europe with a stopover in Iceland.

There are fuel surcharges of about $100 per direction on these awards.

Full details on booking Icelandair awards with Alaska miles.

Alaska Airlines Award Routing Rules

Alaska Airlines is extremely generous allowing a stopover on one way awards, anywhere you’d like en route.

Here are the basics for redemptions of Alaska miles.

Logistics of Buying Alaska Miles

Unlike many miles sales when you are capped at how many miles you can buy, with Alaska miles sales, you can make several maximum purchases to get all the miles you need.

Remember that Alaska Airlines miles sales are handled through points.com, so they are not considered airfare or travel purchases for the purposes of earning a category bonus on your credit card. Buy them with whichever card earns the most valuable type of point to you (perhaps that’s the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card, whose points I value at 2.5 cents each, or the Blue Business Plus Credit Card from Amex which earns 2 Membership Rewards per dollar spent on ALL purchases (that’s like earning a 4 cent return on every dollar spent as I value Membership Rewards at 2 cents each).

Bottom Line

Sign in here to check if you’re targeted for the 50% bonus sale of Alaska miles that lasts through October 5, 2017. If so, you can buy Alaska miles for 1.97 cents as long as you buy 40,000 or more. That is a VERY good price–the best we’ve seen–if you have an immediate high value use for the miles.


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Sarah Page Maxwell became a miles nerd after moving her base to Buenos Aires and beginning a transient lifestyle that would be otherwise too expensive without miles and points. In addition to travel, her other passions include hot sauce, yoga, and her boston terrier Omar.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Long winded post for a bottom-line conclusion that this deal, even as it’s the best we’re going to see, isn’t worth it. (unless you’re in a special situation). I too am a “big fan” of Alaska Air…. but I’m having a devil of a time figuring out the rules on how to use the miles. (have about 45k at the moment, and would much like to structure flights using the stopovers).

    Suggestion: How about as simplified re-write of your post from last February. Is there a plain english set of rules somewhere on just what exactly the Alaska Air rules are for booking award travel with stopovers? (and puuhhhlease don’t answer with yet another well-meaning long list of examples — without bothering to give us the actual rules….) 🙂

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