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Following a massive Emirates devaluation just over a month ago, Alaska miles aren’t nearly as appealing as they were the last time the airline offered a 50% bonus on mileage purchases, but you can still get some great deals — for example, here are six awards that still make sense to book. If you have a redemption in mind, you could get some decent value from the airline’s latest opp, which is offering up to a 50% bonus when you purchase miles through June 13, 2016.
As you can see above, it’s possible that this promo is targeted to Alaska Airlines Visa cardholders, but if you want to take advantage, there should be time to sign up for the card before this promotion is over. You’ll also earn 25,000 bonus miles upon approval, a coach companion fare (from $121) and free checked bags for you and six companions.
To max out the promo, you’ll need to purchase 60,000 miles for $1,773.75 (including tax). You’ll receive a bonus of 30,000 miles, bringing your cost down to 1.97 cents per mile (compared to the usual cost of 2.96 cents each).
That may sound like a lot to spend, but it’s enough to score a one-way business or first-class flight to Asia on Cathay Pacific, including a free stopover in Hong Kong. So you could fly one-way from New York to Hong Kong, stop in Hong Kong for a week and then continue on to Bali, for example, for less than $2,000 — and you’d have 20,000 miles to spare. Or, you could pair this promo with the Alaska Airlines Visa sign-up bonus and have enough for a round-trip in business class — again, with miles left over that you can use toward another trip.
Here’s how to take advantage of the promotion:
- Visit Alaska’s Buy Miles page.
- Enter your details, select the number of miles you want to purchase and click Continue.
- Add your credit card details and click Continue.
- Review the information, check the box to agree to the Terms and Conditions and click Continue to finalize the purchase.
Keep in mind that the usual restrictions for purchasing Alaska miles apply to this promotion, including the following:
- Miles may be purchased in increments of 1,000 miles up to a maximum of 60,000 miles per transaction (though there’s no annual limit).
- Miles may take up to 72 hours to post to your account.
- Purchased miles do not count toward elite status.
In addition, the transaction is processed directly by Points.com, so it isn’t eligible for an airfare category bonus on a card like the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card.
Will you be purchasing Alaska miles with a bonus?