Buy Alaska Mileage Plan miles with up to a 60% bonus

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Buy Alaska Mileage Plans with up to a 60% bonus, or 1.85 US cents each- the lowest price we ever see. Beware the year-end devaluation, though!

From now till 2 November 2022, 3.59 p.m SGT, Alaska Mileage Plan is offering up to a 60% bonus on miles purchases, the highest discount ever seen.

This could be a good opportunity to top off your account with Japan now reopened, although you should keep the potential year-end devaluation at the back of your mind.

Buy Alaska Mileage Plan miles with up to 60% bonus

Check your Mileage Plan offer

Alaska Mileage Plan miles bonuses are tailored to each member, and you’ll need to sign-in to your account via the link above to check what bonus you’ve been targeted for.

A 60% bonus would be tiered as follows: 

  • Buy 3,000-19,000 miles: 40% bonus (2.11 US cents/mile)
  • Buy 20,000-39,000 miles: 50% bonus (1.97 US cents/mile)
  • Buy 40,000-100,000 miles: 60% bonus (1.85 US cents/mile)

Buying miles with a 60% bonus represents a price of 1.85 US cents each, the lowest price we ever see them go on sale. 

Mileage Plan members can buy a maximum of 100,000 miles (pre-bonus) per transaction, and a maximum of 150,000 miles (also pre-bonus) per year. MVP, MVP Gold, and MVP Gold 75K members have no such cap.

However, since Mileage Plan tickets can be redeemed for anyone, there’s nothing stopping a family member from opening another account, buying miles and redeeming them on your behalf.

Is it worth buying Alaska Mileage Plan miles?

You can redeem Qatar Airways flights with Mileage Plan miles…but it’s not the best use of them!

Alaska Airlines joined oneworld on 1 March 2021, and has been progressively rolling out award redemptions on oneworld partner airlines. 

Unfortunately, the redemption rates for Qatar Airways, Iberia, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian and Malaysia Airlines are poor. SriLankan Airlines offers somewhat better value (40,000 miles in Business Class from Singapore to Colombo with no fuel surcharges), but travel to/through Colombo might not be the wisest idea at the moment.

That said, the legacy sweet spots for Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific remain- for now. It’s possible (likely even) that these will be nerfed in December 2022 when Alaska rolls out its unified award chart. 

There’s still time to make hay, so here’s some ideas for redeeming Alaska miles. 

Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines B77W Business Class

Japan has now fully reopened to visitors, and the opportunity to redeem 25,000 miles for a one-way Business Class ticket to Japan is very good value indeed. If you’re having difficulty finding awards from Singapore to Tokyo, a simple trick is to search for award space to places like KIX, ITM, or CTS instead. That will bring up options that transit through NRT/HND, and whether or not you take the final leg is up to you.

You can read more about this in the article below. 

How to find award space to Tokyo on Alaska Mileage Plan

Other sweet spots include 65,000/75,000 miles for a one-way Business/First Class award between Singapore and the USA.

Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific B77W First Class

 Alaska Mileage Plan charges just 50,000/70,000 miles for a one-way Business/First Class award between Singapore and the USA on Cathay Pacific. 

Review: Cathay Pacific B77W First Class HKG-SFO

Alternatively, you can fly between Singapore and Tokyo for 22,500 miles on Cathay Pacific. Unlike the Japan Airlines option above, however, you’ll have to do a stopover in Hong Kong. 

Cathay Pacific does have limited connectivity to Singapore at the moment, although with Hong Kong’s reopening that should hopefully improve in the weeks to come.

While booking Cathay Pacific awards with Mileage Plan used to require calling up customer service, online booking functionality has since been added.

Others

Alaska Mileage Plan has a wide variety of redemption partners, some of which may be useful for flying point to point outside of Singapore: 

✈️ Alaska Mileage Plan Partners
  • Aer Lingus
  • Air Tahiti Nui
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Condor
  • El Al
  • Fiji Airways
  • Finnair
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Iberia
  • Icelandair
  • Japan Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • LATAM
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Ravn Alaska
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Singapore Airlines
  • SriLankan Airlines

Other sweet spots you can consider include:

  • 55,000/70,000 miles for a one-way Business/First Class award between Australia and the USA on Qantas
  • 70,000 miles for a one-way Business Class award between Europe and the USA on Finnair
  • 120,000 miles for a round-trip Business Class award between Singapore and Hawaii on Korean Air (one-way redemptions not allowed)

There are no fuel surcharges on Mileage Plan awards, except on British Airways, Hainan Airlines, and Icelandair.

What are Mileage Plan’s change fees?

One great thing about Alaska Mileage Plan is it no longer has any change or cancellation fees for award tickets, which gives you the option to lock in speculative awards, and change them as needed.

Should you need to cancel, you’ll get the full amount paid back, less a US$12.50 partner award booking fee (charged each way, i.e. US$25 for a round-trip booking).

When do Mileage Plan miles expire?

Alaska Mileage Plan miles do not expire.

However accounts which have been inactive for more than two years will be automatically locked. Should that happen, you’ll need to contact Guest Care to verify your identity, following which the account will be reactivated with all miles intact.

What card should I use?

Purchases of Alaska Mileage Plan miles are processed by Points.com in USD (i.e. they won’t code as airline transactions). Here’s the best cards to maximize the miles earned on your purchase:

CardEarn RateRemarks
Citi Rewards
Apply
4 mpdCap of S$1K per s. month 
UOB Visa Signature
Apply
4 mpdMin S$1K, max S$2K FCY spend per s. month
SCB Visa Infinite
Apply
3 mpdMin spend S$2K per s. month
UOB PRVI Miles
Apply
2.4 mpdNo cap 
S. Month= Statement Month | C. Month= Calendar Month

Remember, you can always pair the Citi Rewards Card with the Instarem Amaze Card to earn 4 mpd on Points.com purchases, without foreign currency transaction fees. 

I generally don’t advise using the DBS Woman’s World Card for Points.com purchases, as past data points have indicated issues with getting the bonus points credited. 

Conclusion

Alaska’s latest Mileage Plan sale offers up to a 60% bonus, which is the biggest we ever see. 

This could be a good opportunity to pick up some miles, especially with Japan’s reopening. That said, it’s never a good idea to buy miles speculatively, so make sure award space is available on the dates you’re eyeing before pulling the trigger.

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Kimmy

” Osaka, however, has award space from October 2022 onwards. ”

This flight transit’s at Haneda, then goes to Kansai, can I just leave the airport?

Kent

Got 50% targeted instead….

Heng

Same here

Jace

I only got 40%. there’s no 60%?”

ACDC

Wanted to buy but unable to checkout – credit card error. Anyone has a solution or just wait?

wizzygiz

I tried login to buy but my mileageplan membership no longer exist in their system. My last login was in 2019 when I signup and bought miles then. Now I have to re-signup and am awarded with only 40% bonus.

C M

You can try and contact them to reinstate the account. I believe if there are no activity for a few years and you have 0 miles they mark it as inactive and you won’t be able to login.

Anthony

40% as well..never got targeted for 60% for the last couple of years

edm

got targeted for 40%…

Ang

Is it still 25k miles for one way business class ticket on Japan airlines? I see it is 40k now. Not sure if I see the wrong chart.

Avios or Alaska

Avios has a plan to buy miles at $0.014325/mile, or GBP1789 for 200k miles. Which is more worth it?

agnes

Aaron, did you try searching for availability in 2023 recently? It would appear there are not (many) flights in march, april, may. I tried searching singapore to itami or chitose but its hard to find flights. There are some flights in june though.

JDsggg

Just checked for flights to japan for April 2023, and there are very limited availability for SIN-HND but almost everyday for SIN-ITM (via HND). Return trip there is only 1 day where there’s HND-SIN, but ITM-SIN is daily.

Jason

How long does the mileage get credited to your account after purchase?

Jason

Thanks!

Ligma

If travelling with an infant, how do I redeem award space for 2 adults + buy an infant ticket?

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