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Biggest ever Alaska Mileage Plan sale: 50% bonus till 20 May 2019

Pick up Alaska Mileage Plan miles for as low as 1.97 US cents each, buy by 20 May 2019.

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.

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Mileage Plan runs regular sales throughout the year which give you a bonus when you buy miles- 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%.

Alaska has just launched a public sale with up to 50% bonus miles. I believe this isn’t targeted based on the small sample of people I’ve checked with, but feel free to report about the offer you got. You’ll need to buy miles from now till 20 May 2019 3 p.m SGT.

Up to 50% bonus miles.

Here’s the breakdown of how the bonus tiers:

  • Buy 10,000-19,000 miles= 20% bonus (2.46 US cents per mile)
  • Buy 20,000-39,000 miles= 35% bonus (2.19 US cents per mile)
  • Buy 40,000-60,000 miles= 50% bonus (1.97 US cents per mile)
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Buy Mileage Plan miles at up to a 50% bonus here

The maximum miles you can buy in a single transaction is 90,000 (60,000 base + 30,000 bonus). Alaska now caps the miles you can purchase in a year to 150,000 including bonuses*, but since you can redeem Mileage Plan tickets for anyone there’s nothing stopping you from opening another account to buy more miles.
*MVP, MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K Mileage Plan members have no such cap

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

As long as you’re not buying miles speculatively, buying Alaska Mileage Plan miles at a 50% bonus is an excellent price.

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

  • Get a free stopover, even on one-way awards (which allows you to fly “almost” round-trip Business Class to Japan for just under US$600)
  • 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 like Cathay Pacific and Korean Air

What do I do with them?

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

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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 under US$500 if you buy miles at 1.97 US cents each. Even after you factor in the ~US$60 of taxes and the one-way ticket to or from KUL, you’re still looking at an extremely cheap “round trip” business class journey.

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

You’re not limited to just flying to Tokyo- as we explain during Alternative Frequent Flyer programs, you can even do a destination/origin open jaw as shown below for 25,000 miles in Business Class. In the example below you fly from SIN-NRT, find your own way between NRT and KIX and then fly KIX-BKK, all in Business Class for 25,000 miles.

Use the multi-city option with the “use miles” box checked to book this

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)

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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 start in BKK because Hainan’s only flight to Singapore is to Haikou, which has no onward connections to the States.

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Hainan Airlines Business Class
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You could also 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

  • UOB Visa Signature- 4.0 mpd, min S$1K max S$2K of foreign currency spending in a statement period
  • Citibank Rewards Visa or Citibank Rewards Mastercard- 4.0 mpd, max S$1K a month (I’ve just confirmed this a few days ago)
  • 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)
  • BOC Elite Miles World Mastercard- 3.0 mpd, no cap
  • Standard Chartered Visa Infinite– 3.0 mpd, minimum S$2K spending a statement period

Other important things to note

Alaska charges a US$125 fee for changes or cancellations, regardless of how far away you are from departure. Alaska Mileage Plan miles do not expire so long as you credit or redeem at least 1 mile every 24 months.

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 may sort out the problem, but if the transaction fails you won’t get charged anyway.

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YM
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YM

Hi Aaron, for the redemptions via Korean Air, do you know if we also have to call them since that option doesn’t pop up for routes to the US? Or is it only for specific US destinations?

Matthew Chong
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Iirc, KE awards do show up online! Just that you have to search as a round-trip.

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Hi Aaron, do I need to purchase the full amount of miles for an infant? Thanks!

lillygirl
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lillygirl

anyone find any Hainan Airlines fights? never manged to find any

Noob w miles
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Noob w miles

Hi Aaron, assuming I get 90,000 miles (60,000+30,000), and I pay with my BOC ELITE MILES and at a rate of 1.37, I would get 92,790 miles altogether. Can I get a business trip to LA which is worth 120,000 and i pay the difference in cash?

Cappy Hamper
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Cappy Hamper

Does BOC allow mile redemption for Alaska Airlines?

Yi Kai
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Yi Kai

@Noob w miles, can you share with me where did you get the extra 2790 miles?

@Cappy Hamper, if you meant taking a ride on an Alaska airplane, yes you can. You need to transfer points to Krisflyer and from Krisflyer, book a flight operated by Alaska Airlines via calling SQ customer services. Note that Alaska Airlines only operate within the Americas continent and they don’t fly to Singapore.

if you mean transfer points from BOC to Alaska Mileage Plan, no you cannot. BOC transfer to Krisflyer and Asia Miles only.

Thanks!

Jack
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Jack

Hi Aaron, please shine some lights on the open jaw award booking. I can’t find it on the Alaska website. Many thanks.

Mileage plan lover
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Mileage plan lover

Hey all. Seems like i cant find a business class ticket on Finnair ex SIN on mileage plan, but I could find availability ex PEK for example to Helsinki. Is there a reason for this?

Mejiro
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Mejiro

Try other dates.
Finnair has very limited availability.

SC
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SC

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)

Hi @Aron. May I know why it is not instant and still requite write in?

If write in, what should be written in the letter?

damien
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damien

i think the price has been revised as i am not getting the price shown in the article. or prob diff price for diff members? my price is 1683 before tax recovery fee 🙁

truth8
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truth8

Hi Aaron, I would like to have 100 000 miles to travel from SIN to CTS and CTS to SIN via JAL. Am I right to say I can purchase 2 x 40 000 miles to have 120 000 miles.

HA
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HA

Hello Aaron, I’m confused about UOB Visa Signature.
in the
https://milelion.com/2019/01/01/the-milelions-2019-credit-card-miles-strategy/
You said that it only cover offline FCY. But this for buying Alaska Mileage Plan is online, am I correct ?
So, which one is true ?

Joel Lim
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Joel Lim

Hi Aaron

Do you know how long it takes for the miles to be credited into the Alaska Air account?

Thanks!
Joel

Leroy Lim
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Leroy Lim

Is it possible to transfer citibank points to Alaska Miles?

PSM
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PSM

Hi Aaron,
Many thanks for sharing this promo. Will I get 10 UNI$ if I get those miles with UOB lady’s solitaire card under travel category?

Michael
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Michael

Hi Aaron, can I confirm if CX Biz class one way from JFK to SIN requires 50K miles? Thanks!

J
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J

Did a search on Alaskaair.com today to see if the trick as described under https://milelion.com/2017/09/14/heres-how-alaskas-mileageplan-can-get-you-really-cheap-jal-business-class-tickets/ still works. Tried a test search for a 1 Apr 2020 outbound from SIN-HND and a return from NRT-KUL and got the following message: ———— We could not fulfill your request. This could be due to one or more of the following reasons: – There are flights, but all award space is taken. – There are no flights for the city pair entered. – There are no flights operating on the specific day of the week entered. – The routing requested may not be allowed.… Read more »

AC
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AC

Hi Aaron, are you located outside the US? Are you seeing 1650 still? My account is a US account but I’m on vacation outside of the US now and logged in outside and seeing 1683. I wonder if it’s bc it’s outside of the US. My US friends see 1650. No one to contact at points.com until Monday, but by then, sale will be over. Thank you.