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Alaska Mileage Plan miles are some of the highest-valued airline miles in TPG’s valuations. And that’s not just because of the sweet spots you can get on Alaska flights. Alaska also has partnerships with a number of highly useful international airlines, and features reasonable award rates on many with free stopovers even on one-way flights. This means smart mileage collectors can score some incredible redemptions.

The trouble is, there aren’t many great ways of racking up Alaska miles. You can score a 30,000-mile bonus — plus a companion fare — by signing up for the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card. Or, you can transfer valuable Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints, either directly with a 5,000-mile bonus for each 20,000 Starpoints transferred, or by getting a Marriott Hotel+Air Package if you have a bunch of Starpoints and/or Marriott points.

But, there’s a much easier way to rack up miles for cheap: Alaska Mileage Plan periodically puts its miles on sale, allowing you to top up — or stock up. Now through July 13 (midnight Pacific time), you’ll get up to a 40% bonus when buying Alaska Mileage Plan miles.

Buy or Gift Bonus
Buy 10,000 — 19,000 miles 20% bonus miles
Buy 20,000 — 49,000 miles 35% bonus miles
Buy 50,000 — 60,000 miles 40% bonus miles

Even though TPG values Alaska miles at 1.8 cents apiece and this promotion only brings the cost down to 2.11 cents per mile with the maximum 40% bonus, taking advantage of this promotion is still a great deal in some cases. A combination of Alaska’s excellent business/first class award rates and this modest purchase price means that this is a deal definitely worth considering if you’re a premium-cabin traveler. Let’s take a look at what you can do with this bonus offer…

One-way to Asia in Cathay Pacific’s top-notch business class for 50,000 miles
Cost: $1,123 (with 1,300 miles left over) or $1,055 at the maximized 2.11 cent rate

One-way to Japan in American Airlines’ retrofitted 777-200 business class for 60,000 miles
Cost: $1,330 (with 750 miles left over) or $1,266 at the maximized 2.11 cent rate:

One-way to Korea in American Airlines’ 787-9 business class for 60,000 miles
Cost $1,330 (with 750 miles left over) or $1,266 at the maximized 2.11 cent rate

One-way to Asia in Cathay Pacific first class for 70,000 miles
Cost: $1,478 (you can buy exactly 70,000 miles)

One-way to Asia in Japan Airlines first class for 70,000 miles
Cost: $1,478 (you can buy exactly 70,000 miles)

One-way to Australia or New Zealand in Qantas first class for 70,000 miles
Cost: $1,478 (you can buy exactly 70,000 miles)

Qantas First Class Seat

Those are some incredible options at rates that are just fractions of the revenue cost for these flights. Even better, Alaska awards allow a free stopover on a one-way booking, so you can use these redemptions to see a few different destinations as part of one award.

For example, I recently booked business class on Cathay Pacific’s Washington DC (IAD) to Hong Kong (HKG) flight with Alaska miles. The 16-hour nonstop flight costs just 50,000 miles one-way in business class. But it gets even better. After stopping over in Hong Kong for two weeks, I’m continuing onto Japan’s Narita (NRT) in business class on Cathay Pacific for no extra cost.

Plus, there’s no cap on the number of Alaska miles you can buy per year. So, even if you’re starting from a zero-mile balance, you can buy enough points for some amazing experiences.

Your purchase will be processed by Points.com — not Alaska. So, you won’t earn bonus rewards for using a card with airline spending as a bonus category. That means you should use a card that offers a solid return on non-bonus spend, such as The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express, the Chase Freedom Unlimited Card, the Starwood Preferred Guest® Card from American Express or the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.


This is The Points Guy’s permanent page about Alaska Airlines’ “buy miles” promotions, so you can bookmark it and check back regularly for the latest offer. Keep in mind you may see some reader comments referring to older deals below.

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card

Alaska miles are extremely valuable because you can book awards on partners like Emirates, Icelandair, Korean Air and Japan Airlines. The current bonus of 30,000 miles can book you a roundtrip ticket on Alaska Airlines from Boston to San Diego or New York to Seattle, for example.

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More Things to Know
  • Special Introductory Offer: Buy 1 ticket, get 1 for just the taxes and fees with Alaska's Famous Companion Fare™ Offer.
  • Get 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of your account opening.
  • Get Alaska's Famous Companion Fare™ every year! Each Year on your account anniversary get a companion fare from $121 ($99 plus taxes and fees from $22). Valid on all Alaska flights booked on alaskaair.com.
  • Save with a free checked bag on Alaska flights for you and up to six other guests on the same reservation.
  • Earn 3 miles for every $1 spent directly on Alaska Airlines purchases and 1 mile for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn unlimited miles and travel with no blackout dates.
  • No foreign transaction fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
16.74% - 24.74% Variable APR on purchases and balance transfers
Annual Fee
$75
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $10 or 3% of the amount of each transaction, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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