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Alaska Airlines is running a Buy Miles promotion through October 14, 2014, where you can buy miles with up to a 40% bonus.

Get up to a 40% bonus on purchasing Alaska Air miles
Get up to a 40% bonus for purchasing Alaska Air miles.

It’s a tiered bonus, and the amounts are as follows:

  • Buy 5,000 – 19,000 miles, get a 20% Bonus
  • Buy 20,000 – 34,000 miles, get a 30% Bonus
  • Buy 35,000 – 40,000 miles, get a 40% Bonus

You’d need to purchase between 35,000 to 40,000 miles in order to obtain the full 40% bonus. Each set of 1,000 miles costs $27.50 plus a 7.5% Federal Tax, so buying the full amount would total $1,182.50 for 56,000 miles (40,000 miles plus the 16,000 mile bonus). That comes out to 2.1 cents per mile. While that’s more than my current valuation of 2 cents for Mileage Plan miles, this offer is useful if you have a specific and immediate redemption in mind and need miles to top up your account.

Beyond that, Alaska miles are handy even if you don’t have a specific redemption in mind, since you can redeem them to fly on one of Alaska’s partner airlines, such as Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Qantas or Korean Air. You can even redeem them on Fiji Airways, which is intriguing to me personally as I’ve always wanted to go diving in Fiji. Keep in mind that miles are non-refundable and do not count toward MVP and MVP/Gold status. The offer is subject to change and all terms and conditions of the Mileage Plan Program apply. 

Alaska Airlines Fall Award Sale
Alaska Airlines Fall Award Sale

Alaska Airlines Fall Award Sale In addition to the buy miles promotion, Alaska Airlines is also having a fall award sale in which award flights are starting at just 5,000 miles each-way. This sale is for flights between select cities from August 30, 2014 to October 31, 2014.

LAX-SLC for only 5,000 miles.
Los Angeles-Salt Lake City for only 5,000 miles.

For instance I was able to find plenty of award space from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City in October for only 5,000 miles each-way. Alaska competes on this route with Delta, who offers several daily flights, so possibly they aren’t seeing the demand of Alaska flyers.

Seattle-San Francisco for 5,000 miles each-way.
Seattle-San Francisco for 5,000 miles each-way.

Another route where the fare sale is being offered is from Seattle to San Francisco, which has some decent availability in coach for only 5,000 miles each-way. You can view all the routes where the fare sale is offered to see if they would be useful for your upcoming travels.

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If you are a Delta flyer who is looking to bank some extra miles this card is a great addition for your wallet. While you'll earn 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else, you'll also have access to other perks like priority boarding, a first bag checked free and 20% off in-flight purchases.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn 2 Miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile for every dollar spent on all other eligible purchases.
  • Check your first bag free on every Delta flight - that's a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
  • Settle in sooner with Priority Boarding.
  • Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
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