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Last Chance – Buy Alaska Miles for 2.1c a piece

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If you’re short on miles…this is a very solid opportunity to fill in the gaps. Alaska is offering a 40% offer on purchased miles, or 2.1 cent per point.

Alaska has incredibly valuable points. The biggest reason? They have a range of International partners that offer incredible business and first class products that you can access redeeming their miles. In fact, their loyalty program lured me away from American a couple years ago, and now I’m enjoying another year as an Alaska elite.

The biggest reason I’ve stayed loyal is the ability to use their points to take amazing flights around the world. I recently reviewed Qantas First Class which was purchased with Alaska Miles, and will be posting another review of Cathay Business and First. Those are some of THE BEST ways to fly across the Pacific, and I did it for pennies on the dollar. The 40% bonus offer ends tomorrow.

Cathay Pacific First Class – 70k Alaska Miles or $1470 purchasing them with a 40% bonus

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I’d never recommend buying points speculatively, but price it out.

But when offers come up to get valuable points at a discount, I always think it’s worth considering when planning a trip. Often times simply buying points can result in a cheaper out of pocket cost than just buying the flights outright. For instance, I flew to Australia in Qantas First Class for 70k miles. That ticket sells for north of $10k easily, and with points…under $1500

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You need to buy a minimum of 20k miles for the 40% bonus to kick in.

  • Buy 20k and get 40% bonus
    • *some are targeted for 10k

*Elites can repeat the purchase as many times as you want to fill your account with the desired miles you need. Non-elites are limited to 150k a year.

Unlike some other airlines, if you’re an Alaska will not limit the total amount of miles you can purchase, just the total you can purchase at one time. In this case…60k + 24k bonus.

Alaska also allows you to book in a stopover on Award tickets.

A great perk…you could spend the night at the Intercontinental Hong Kong, a fantastic use of the IHG Free Night Cert from Chase, and Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities in the world.

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Here’s a list of some of the best redemptions you can make with Alaska miles

Check out Cathay Biz and First to Africa and Australia – unreal deals.

  • To Asia
    • Cathay Biz is 50k One way
    • Cathy First is 70k One way
    • Japan Biz to Asia is 60k
    • Japan First to Asia is 70k
    • Japan Biz to S.E. Asia is 65k
    • Japan First to S.E. Asia is 75k
  • Europe
    • BA Biz is 60k
    • BA First is 70k
  • Middle East
    • BA Biz is 70k
    • BA First is 80k
    • Cathay Business is 62.5k 
    • Cathay First is 70k
  • Australia – 70k miles to fly First Class from the States to Australia!
    • Qantas Biz is 55k
    • Qantas First is 70k
    • Cathay Biz is 60k
    • Cathay First is 80k
    • Fiji Biz is 55k
  • Africa
    • British Airways Biz is 70k
    • British Airways First is 80k
    • Cathay Biz is 62.5k
    • Cathay First is 70k

A few of my favorite Alaska redemptions

Cathay Pacific First Class for 70k miles.

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Japan Airlines First Class for 80k

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Interested? You can go here to purchase with the 40% bonus.

Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.

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Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

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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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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

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