Alaska Air published redemption rates for Japan Airlines – I like it Hallot!

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Alaska Air published redemption rates for Japan Airlines – I like it HALLOT!

Earlier this year Alaska Airlines announced that they were partnering with Japan Airlines. Needless to say I was STOKED that they were gaining an incredible new partner because it meant using Alaska miles on Japan Air First Class. However, they held back on annoucning what the redemption rates would be – yikes! It was a little nerve racking because they absolutely DECIMATED the Emirates chart, but kept the Cathay Pacific chart in great shape. So which way would they go?  The long, stressful wait is over annnnnnnndddddddd Alaska Air published redemption rates for Japan Airlines and I likey!

How to search?

The only redemption options are from Continental U.S. to Asia/Southeast Asia. And Intra Asia.

Alaska Air published redemption rates for Japan Airlines


You can narrow the results…JAL included!

Alaska Air published redemption rates for Japan Airlines

And VOILA! The chart

  • Business to Asia/S.E. Asia at 60k/65k
  • First Class to Asia/S.E. Asia at 70k/75k

I think these are incredible rates!

Alaska Air published redemption rates for Japan Airlines

Intra Asia rates:


Southeast Asia includes the following:


Compare that to American’s rates

Rates to Japan and Korea:


And then to the rest of Asia:


I’m in the midst of status matching my Executive Platinum status to MVP Gold 75. I’ll keep you guys updated as to how that goes, but my goal to to re-qualify in both EP and MVPGOLD 75 next year. I can’t wait to use some of those Mileage Plan miles to fly on Japan Airlines First Class. Total bucket list flight. And if you didn’t know…you can plan a free stopover when using Alaska miles!

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The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based. 

Welcome Offer

60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months

80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon

Annual Fee


Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

Super solid welcome offer.

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

  • 3x on dining
    •  including eligible delivery services for takeout
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
  • $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Primary rental car coverage is my favorite

There is currently an 80k offer after $4k spend in 3 months available in branch, and up to 90k after $6k spend in 6 months. I suspect some version of this will be online soon if you don’t want the hassle of going into a branch.

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 60k is a very, very good offer. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back. .

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 


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