Sale ends today: Buy Alaska miles with 40% bonus.

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Until March 17th Alaska is offering up to a 40% bonus on purchased miles

Almost a week ago we reported that Alaska was running a flash sale that equated to purchasing miles for 2.1 cents a piece.  This is a little reminder that the sale ends today.

The reasons you want to buy miles are very simple.

  • You need to shore up your balance in order to book a trip you have plans to make, or will make.
  • Buying points is a discounted way to access aspirational flights ( business and first class )
  • Buying points is cheaper than paying for a ticket on its own, even in economy.

If you don’t identify with one of those three reasons.  You don’t need to buy points. A bigger balance is simply a risk you’ll get hurt if those points are devalued.

Alaska Airlines is one of the best ways to accomplish these purposes and why I promote their point sales every single time. While 40% isn’t the best ever, that’s 50%, is does price their points at 2.1 cents a piece. A very competitive price and one I’ve taken advantage of in the past.

Alaska partners with some of the best airlines in the world offering incredible, jawdropping experiences in both business and first class.  Experiences I’ve actually reviewed and can’t wait to do again. Those experiences are why I’ve been loyal to the brand for my paid tickets as well.  I spent two years as a top tier, MVP Gold 75k, and currently maintain Gold status.

I’ve flown the likes of Cathay Pacific First ClassJapan Airlines First ClassQantas First Class all with Alaska Miles. I want to use them to fly Korean Air, Hainan, FinnAir, and IcelandAir.

Here’s a look at the deal:

As you can see you need to buy 20k for the 40% bonus to kick in.

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We wrote an entire article dedicated to booking Alaska Miles like a pro

Here’s a little list of what we think are some outstanding uses:

  • 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
    • Hainan Business is 50k
    • Korean Air Business ( r/t ) is 105k ( 120K S.E. Asia )
  • Europe
    • AA Biz – 57.5k
    • AA First – 85k
    • BA Biz is 60k
    • BA First is 70k
    • FinnAir is 70k
    • Iceland Air is 50k to Iceland, 55k to Europe
  • 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 ( great way to build in a stopover )
    • Fiji Biz is 55k
  • Africa
    • British Airways Biz is 70k
    • British Airways First is 80k
    • Cathay Biz is 62.5k
    • Cathay First is 70k

What do those redemptions look like?

Here’s Cathay Pacific Business Class:

Cathay Pacific Business Class A350 Brisbane to Hong Kong

Qantas First Class

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British Airways First Class

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American Airlines Business Class

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American Airlines 777-200 w/ B/E Aerospace Retrofit


This is a very solid deal if you’re in the market to buy Alaska Miles (2nd highest to a 50% bonus.) However, Alaska puts their miles on offer quite frequently, so if this isn’t the right timing and you don’t have a definitive use…it’ll pop up again at some point.

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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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