The Battle for Seattle: Alaska Airlines Offering Double Miles on Flights from SEA to 8 Destinations

April 9, 2014

In response to three recent moves by Delta to muscle in on the action at Alaska Airlines’s hub in Seattle - Delta’s double Medallion and base mile promotion for rest of 2014, their announcement that starting May 1, they’ll be restricting Alaska MVP elite benefits, and a Seattle-targeted Delta Gold Amex offer of 50,000 SkyMiles and a $200 […]

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Alaska – Delta Battle For Seattle Continues – Targeted Delta Gold Amex Offer 50,000 Miles and $200 Statement Credit

March 31, 2014

And the battle for Seattle continues between Alaska – the city’s stalwart – and new entrant on the scene, behemoth Delta, who is muscling in on the smaller airline’s longtime hub. Not only have the airlines launched a bevy of competing promos, most of which means savvy consumers can score some pretty great bonuses over […]

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Alternatives For Banking Delta Flights To Partner Airlines

March 31, 2014

With all the negative news from Delta lately, including award chart devaluations, the slashing of elite benefits, and more restrictive lounge access policies, I’ve been receiving a lot of questions from Delta frequent flyers who increasingly feel that banking SkyMiles with Delta is a losing bet. Fortunately, when you fly Delta, you can bank SkyMiles with many of its […]

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Saturday Recap: Delta Launches International WiFi, Double Alaska Miles Between Seattle/London, Bonus Points On Best Western Stays And More

March 29, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Delta Launches International WiFi On 747-400 Aircraft: Delta is launching international WiFi service on flights 283 and 295 from LAX and ATL to Tokyo Narita aboard Boeing 747-400 aircraft . Introductory pricing options include one-hour passes for laptops  at $14 and mobile users at […]

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Delta Cutting Alaska MVP Elite Benefits Effective May 1, 2014

March 26, 2014

One of the more interesting airline relationships to watch lately has been that of Delta and Alaska Airlines. While the two used to have a very close partnership, lately there has been more and more competition between them as Delta has muscled its way into Alaska’s traditional territory of the Pacific Northwest with a particular […]

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Saturday Recap: Gogo Raises Inflight WiFi Prices, Earn Double Points On Amtrak, Get Triple AAdvantage Miles For Stays At Choice Hotels And More

March 15, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Gogo Inflight WiFi To Raise Prices: Gogo’s traveler pass prices are going up by $10 a month after April 6, 2014. Single-airline passes currently go for $39.95 a month, and those prices will increase to $49.95 a month after April 6th. Buy […]

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Transcontinental Comparison: Economy Seats

March 10, 2014

Recent mileage program devaluations and restrictions on elite status upgrades like those on Delta will make it harder than ever to sit in the front of the plane, so it’s worth your while to know what each airline offers in economy. Several airlines offer economy sections with more legroom and recline (and even priority boarding privileges […]

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Should We Bank Miles To Alaska Even If We Never Fly Them? What Credit Cards Would Work With This Strategy?

March 9, 2014

TPG reader Nate e-mailed me this week with the following question: “Should my wife and I bank miles at Alaska for dual elite status – even if we never fly Alaska? We value: (1) free upgrades to first and premium economy (2) miles for hotel/air to US, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii (3) priority boarding and seats […]

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Can You Transfer Delta SkyMiles To Alaska Miles?

March 2, 2014

It was a big week in airline news with Delta’s announcement that they’re going to fundamentally change the way that flyers earn SkyMiles and, potentially, the way that we redeem them. I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about Delta and its alliance with Alaska. TPG Reader Josh asked on Twitter: “@thepointsguy Question – how does […]

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Current Airline Elite Status Match and Status Challenge Information

February 27, 2014

In the wake of Delta’s huge SkyMiles program devaluation announcement yesterday, as well as the fact that both United and Delta have instituted spending requirements for elite status, I know a lot of Delta Medallions and United Premiers are reevaluating their airline elite status strategy (myself included), so I wanted to post a quick roundup […]

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The Battle for Seattle: Delta Launches Double Medallion and Base Mile Promotion for Rest of 2014

February 18, 2014

Delta has been aggressively courting Pacific Northwest flyers with their increased presence at Seattle. They’ve got a number of non-stop international routes (Amsterdam, Beijing, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo) with more on the way (Hong Kong, London, Seoul and Vancouver). Even though they partner with Seattle-based Alaska Airlines it seems to me like that friendly relationship […]

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5,000 Bonus Alaska Miles To Western US Ski Destinations

February 14, 2014

Alaska just keeps coming out with the bonus miles promos these days, and here’s another one for skiers out west that I hadn’t seen yet (though it looks like it’s been around since mid-December). When you fly two roundtrips to any of the following Alaska Airlines ski destinations, you receive 5,000 bonus miles: Kelowna (YLW)-Big […]

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Double Miles On Alaska’s New Routes to New Orleans, Tampa, Detroit

February 12, 2014

Alaska has been really aggressive with double miles promos lately thanks to Delta’s incursion into the Pacific Northwest, and when the airline announced three new destinations this week, it also said it would be offering flyers on these new routes double miles. The new routes and dates of service are: Seattle to New Orleans starting […]

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Is Buying Miles Worth It: A Rundown of Current Promotions

February 6, 2014

Though they’re not often the best ways to accrue miles, if you need to top off your frequent flyer account in a hurry and your options are limited, it can be worth it to purchase the miles you need. Luckily, airlines run frequent bonuses, though some are better than others. While there’s no public offer […]

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Alaska 40% Buy Miles Bonus Through March 15, 2014

February 3, 2014

Now through March 15, 2014, Alaska Airlines is offering bonuses of up to 40% on purchased miles. As usual with Alaska, this is a tiered bonus that works as follows: Buy 5,000 – 19,000 miles: get a 20% Bonus Buy 20,000 – 35,000 miles: get a 30% Bonus Buy 35,000 – 40,000 miles: get a […]

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Saturday Recap: Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard 100,000 Mile Bonus, Boost Or Renew Your American Elite Status, Virgin Atlantic Transfer Ratio To Hilton HHonors Devaluation, Hyatt Credit Card Winter Points Promo & More

February 1, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Reminder – Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard Bonus Up To 100,000 Miles: Citi launched a 100,000 mile bonus on this card which you can earn when you spend $10,000 in the first 3 months; in addition, you can receive $200 in statement […]

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Alaska Visa 40,000 Mile Sign Up Bonus For Elites

January 30, 2014

TPG reader Stuart sent me a message today saying he got a targeted offer for the Alaska Airlines Visa with a potential sign-up bonus of 40,000 miles – 25,000 upon approval and 15,000 more when you spend $10,000 in the first 6 months. There’s actually another 40,000-mile offer out there on the card, but with […]

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How To Buy Alaska Airlines Miles For 2 Cents Each Every Day – Great Deal On Emirates Tickets

January 9, 2014

Alaska is not one of my main airline programs (yet!), but when planning my Maldives/India trip, I knew I wanted to fly back to the States in Emirates First Class. My plan was to use 90,000 Alaska miles and $57.47 in taxes to reserve a first class award from Mumbai connecting in Dubai to JFK […]

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Can I Earn American Miles on an Alaska Codeshare Delta Flight?

January 5, 2014

TPG reader Rox posted on my Facebook wall this week asking me: “If I’m flying on a Delta-operated Alaska Airlines flight, can I earn American AAdvantage qualifying miles?” Wouldn’t that be nice? It would essentially mean that American and Delta flyers could earn American miles on all three airlines – American, Delta and Alaska – […]

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50,000 Mile Sign-Up Bonus on the Alaska Airlines Visa

December 13, 2013

Alaska has been getting a lot more of my attention lately thanks to bold moves like expanding elite-qualifying mileage earning to all its airline partners, aggressive mileage bonus promos on West Coast travel, and the fact that it has amazing partners in Oneworld and SkyTeam like Cathay Pacific and Korean Air, as well as non-alliance […]

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All Alaska Partners Earn Elite Qualifying Miles Starting January 15, 2014

December 10, 2013

This morning, Alaska Airlines announced that starting January 15, 2014, Mileage Plan members would earn elite-qualifying miles on all its international airline partners. Until then, you can still only earn elite miles on the following partners: But after that date, the program will add: British Airways Cathay Pacific Fiji Airways Korean Air Qantas EQM accrual […]

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Should I Choose Flying Blue Over SkyMiles In Light Of The Upcoming Delta Changes In 2014?

November 24, 2013

TPG reader Jonathan asked: “I would love to hear your opinion on the relative merits of Flying Blue vs. SkyMiles given the sweeping changes to SkyMiles coming in 2014. I fly about 80,000 miles annually on SkyTeam partners, typically on trips to Africa. I love the free upgrade to Economy Comfort that I get with […]

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Top 13 Ways To Get To The Maldives Using Miles and Points

November 19, 2013

While it might not be the easiest thing to get to the Maldives on miles since there are no direct flights from the US, it is definitely possible to fly there on a variety of airlines via other hubs if you get creative with codeshares and your miles – like I recently did by using […]

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Alaska Becomes the Next Airline To Devalue Its Frequent Flyer Miles

November 14, 2013

And the year of devaluation continues. I always say that airlines are copy cats, and I was proven right again when Alaska announced that it would be changing its award chart yesterday. Before you get too worried, though, let me just say that this is very minor as devaluations go – luckily it doesn’t include […]

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