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.
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?
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 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.
Other sweet spots include 65,000/75,000 miles for a one-way Business/First Class award between Singapore and the USA.
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.
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.
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|
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:
|4 mpd||Cap of S$1K per s. month|
|UOB Visa Signature|
|4 mpd||Min S$1K, max S$2K FCY spend per s. month|
|SCB Visa Infinite|
|3 mpd||Min spend S$2K per s. month|
|UOB PRVI Miles|
|2.4 mpd||No cap|
|S. Month= Statement Month | C. Month= Calendar Month|
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.
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.