• Aditya Bagaria

Your guide to Alaska Airlines MileagePlan!

Updated: Dec 17, 2020


How do I earn these miles?

The only way to earn Alaska miles is through the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Credit Card or Bank of America Alaska Airlines Business Credit Card. There are NO currencies that will directly transfer points to Alaska MileagePlan. While it’s a great program, if you aren’t a Pacific Northwest native, this is going to be a dealbreaker. The one place you can use to transfer points is with Marriot Bonvoy at a 3:1 ration (60,000 points to 20,000 points with a 5,000 bonus for every 60,000 points transferred so a total of 25,000 points).


You can also purchase miles directly from Alaska. While there are many bonuses, we don’t suggest you go this route. The best redemptions are when they are made from earned points. It's not worth spending money specifically for points!


Alaska Airlines partners:

While they are a “West-Coast” airline, they have many global partners. Here they are:

1. Aer Lingus

2. American Airlines

3. British Airways

4. Cathay Pacific

5. Condor

6. El Al Israel Airlines

7. Emirates

8. Fiji Airways

9. Finnair

10. Hainan Airlines

11. Icelandair

12. Japan Airlines

13. Korean Air

14. LATAM Airlines

15. Qantas

16. Qatar Airways

17. Singapore Airlines


One of the biggest quirks of Alaska Airlines is that they have a separate award chart for each and every partner depending on your origin and destination. Check the charts here: Mileage Plan airline miles award charts | Alaska Airlines


Rules:

1. You are not allowed to mix partners on award redemptions. For example if you are traveling on Japan Airlines from Los Angeles to Tokyo-Narita, you can add a connector flight on Alaska (ex. From Seattle to Los Angeles), but you can’t connect to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific from Tokyo-Narita even though Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific are Oneworld Alliance partners.


2. You are allowed one stop-over on a one-way award ticket. Even still, you are not allowed to mix-and-match the partners. If you stick to Japan Airlines, you can only fly Japan Airlines.


Booking fee:

Each ticket has a $12.50 partner booking fee regardless of elite status. There is also a $15 phone booking fee which is waived if the itinerary can’t be booked through the alaskaair.com website. A major benefit is that there is no close-in booking fee!


Change/Cancellation fees:

There is a flat fee of $125 to change or cancel any award ticket. This is waived for MVP Gold and MVP 75K members.


Fuel surcharges:

Alaska only passes on the fuel surcharges on for British Airways, Hainan Airlines, and Icelandair.


Bottom line:

Alaska MileagePlan is an amazing program. It’s one of the most difficult to earn points on, but if you are smart and utilize bonuses from the Alaska credit cards, you can make some stellar redemptions!


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