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5 Days Left: Biggest Mileage Plan sale- up to 50% bonus on Alaska Mileage Plan miles

Buy miles as low as 1.97 US cents each, sale valid till 5 October 11.59am SG Time.

Mileage Plan is the frequent flyer program of Alaska Airlines, and a very powerful tool to get discounted business/first class flights if you know how to use it properly.

Mileage Plan runs regular sales where you can buy miles with a bonus- perfect if you’ve got travel plans and want to buy premium cabin tickets for less. The bonus normally maxes out at 40%, although people are very occasionally targeted for 50%.

Well the sale is back, and from now till October 5, 2018 at 11.59am SGT, members can buy Mileage Plan miles with a bonus again. The difference? It seems that the 50% bonus is much more widespread than it’s ever been before. Case in point: I’ve never, ever been targeted for 50%, and this time I was.

You've revealed: up to 50% bonus miles

Here’s the breakdown of how the bonus tiers:

  • Buy 10,000 – 19,000 miles, get a 20% bonus (2.46 US cents each including tax)
  • Buy 20,000 – 39,000 miles, get a 35% bonus (2.19 US cents each, including tax)
  • Buy 40,000 – 60,000 miles, get a 50% bonus (1.97 US cents each including tax)

Buy Mileage Plan miles at up to a 50% bonus here

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The maximum miles you can buy in a single transaction is 90,000 (60,000 base + 30,000 bonus). However, there is no limit on the number of miles you can buy in a year, so you’re free to make multiple transactions.

That said, not everyone gets 50%…do log into your account to check what bonus you were targeted for.

Should I buy Mileage Plan miles at a 50% bonus?

In so many words, yes. Provided you have travel plans and aren’t buying them speculatively, a 50% bonus is as good as it gets for Mileage Plan miles.

Mileage Plan is one of my favourite FFPs because you can…

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  • Get a free stopover, even on one-way awards (which allows you to do a rather unique JAL trick…see below)
  • Get access to unique partners that you wouldn’t normally be able to access in Singapore, like Hainan Airlines, Icelandair and Fiji Airways
  • Get great value first and business class award redemptions out of Singapore with certain airlines. Have a read of some ideas below:

What do I do with them?

Mileage Plan’s key strength is the sheer variety of options you have for premium cabin redemptions.

Remember that for a mere 25,000 Mileage Plan Miles you can do a “round trip” journey from Singapore to Tokyo in business class, which works out to US$493 if you buy miles at 1.97 US cents each. There’ll be a further ~US$60 of taxes on top of that, and you’ll need to buy a one-way ticket to or from KUL, but all in you’re still looking at a sub US$600 “round trip” business class journey.

Japan Airlines B772 Business Class, the type you might get from SIN-HND

You can also redeem great value Cathay Pacific awards at 50,000/70,000 Mileage Plan miles each way for business/first class from Singapore to the USA. Or you could do Hong Kong to Europe at 42,500/70,000 miles each way for business/first class (you can’t start from Singapore if you’re flying to Europe)

Note that you cannot book Cathay Pacific awards online and will need to call up Mileage Plan customer service to get this done. You should be able to use the British Airways award search engine to check what space is available on CX business and first before calling up Mileage Plan- have a read of that tutorial here.

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Cathay Pacific B77W First Class

You could redeem Hainan Airlines business class awards to the USA at 50,000 Mileage Plan miles in business class (but you’d need to position yourself to Bangkok first because they don’t serve Singapore).

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Hainan Airlines Business Class

You could redeem Korean Airlines business class awards from Singapore to the USA at 120,000 miles round trip (one-ways are not allowed)

Korean Airlines B747-8 Business Class | Photo Credit: The Design Air

What card should I use?

Alaska Mileage Plan purchases are processed by Points.com in USD, so here’s the cards I’d use

  • BOC Elite Miles World Mastercard– 5.0 mpd, no cap
  • UOB Visa Signature- 4.0 mpd, min S$1K max S$2K of foreign currency spending in a statement period
  • Citibank Rewards- 4.0 mpd, max S$12K per annum ($1K a month from 4 Oct)
  • DBS Woman’s World Card- 4.0 mpd, but requires that you write in to DBS to get the bonus 7X credited (3X, or 1.2 mpd will be awarded as base points)
  • Standard Chartered Visa Infinite– 3.0 mpd, minimum S$2K spending a statement period

Other important things to note

Alaska recently revised the rules for Mileage Plan awards and charge a US$125 fee for changes or cancellations, regardless of how far away you are from departure.

Some people have reported issues with purchasing miles if their Mileage Plan account is new. It used to be that your account had to be at least 10 days old to buy miles, but I get irregular reports as to whether this rule is actually enforced. An email to customer service usually sorts out the problem, but if the transaction fails you won’t get charged anyway.

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Daniel

Read somewhere else, possibly your competitor site that Alaska now shows finair reward availability and I can do a sin LHR on alaska miles.

Matthew Chong
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Yup you can! I covered this too! Not that worth it though in my opinion. Especially since you can get revenue fares at around 3.5k SGD RT when Finnair does sales.

https://milelion.com/2018/08/19/finnair-flights-are-now-available-for-redemption-on-alaska-mileage-plan/

Linda
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Linda

Hi Aaron,

Thanks for posting!! Ive been hoping for a sale and purchased somw miles. Do you know how long it takes for miles to be credited? I’ve received confirmation but no miles yet.

Thanks in advance

Linda

Linda
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Linda

Just an update.

It’s been > than 72hrs no points and funds have posted on my credir card.

Contacted customer care, but they were closed. Will attempt again later.

Anyone else experiencing points not posting?

Linda

Lynn
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Lynn

Hi Linda,

Did you manage to get them to credit your account with the miles purchased? I have purchased the miles on 4 Sep with fund deducted from my credit card but received an email yesterday that the transaction was unsuccessful. There was no explanation given as to why it was unsuccessful.

linda
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linda

Hi Lynn,

My miles ended up posting 5 days after purchase and luckily availability with Cathay was still wide open for me. I received a second confirmation email prior to miles being posted.

Hope it all worked out for you.

Linda

Trevor
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Trevor

May I ask what’s the expiry of the Alaska mileage plan?

freedom
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freedom

DP:

Account is registered this year. No earning activity. The only activity is crediting Marriott travel package miles.

Got 50% bonus.

Smell a huge devaluation coming.

NoobKiller
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NoobKiller

Something wrong with your nose

MoronKiller
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MoronKiller

Something wrong with your brain

Lesley
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Lesley

Cathay premium awards much harder to get as of mid June. Even at 50% bonus I wouldn’t buy them speculatively. Cathay has clearly decided to tighten up on releasing business class awards to Mileage Plan.

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Howie
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Howie

Hi!
I know this may sound like a newbie question, but why is it that points.com purchases will result in 4 Miles per dollar for Citibank rewards card? So points.com Mcc is within the shopping range?

Thanks!

NoobKiller
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NoobKiller

FACEPALM

lk
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lk

If I search Korean Air for a SIN-LAX/SFO round trip, it costs 155k miles, not 120k. I wonder if alaska miles only require fewer than on the actual airline?

Aaron
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Aaron

i only got 35%

adrianpeh
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adrianpeh

The strange thing now is that any search for award flights from Hong Kong to Europe ends up with Finnair Economy option and no biz. No CX options too.

Neoh Jiun Hao
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Neoh Jiun Hao

Got the 50% bonus too, decided to do the JAL one way trick again, plenty of award space over CNY.

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thor
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thor

Hi Mielion team, i am having some problems purchasing the miles from Alaska Airlines. The transaction couldnt go through. I have emailed Aslaka Airlines and Points.com. Apparently, I have to use a credit card meant for US funds only (i.e. cards issued by U.S., Canada or Mexico). My international credit cards could not be accepted by Points.com. Did anyone of you encounter similar issues?