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You can now redeem Alaska miles on SriLankan — and it's a great deal

March 14, 2022
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How does 50,000 miles for a business-class ticket from London's Heathrow Airport (LHR) to the Maldives sound? Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan has you covered.

As one of the last remaining partner airlines to be added to Alaska's award chart since it joined Oneworld a year ago, Mileage Plan members can now redeem miles on SriLankan Airlines.

With a fleet of only a dozen wide-body aircraft, SriLankan Airlines doesn't fly to North America, but its network throughout Europe and Asia will provide more options for Mileage Plan members interested in visiting destinations like the Maldives, India and, of course, Sri Lanka.

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Here’s what you need to know about redeeming Alaska miles on SriLankan flights.

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You can use your Alaska miles to enjoy a tasty business-class meal on SriLankan Airlines. (Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy)

Redeeming Alaska miles for SriLankan flights

Each partner airline has its own award rates on Alaska's website. The award chart for SriLankan is surprisingly impressive, especially considering flights on other partners. Here’s a look at one-way award pricing:

  • Europe to South Asia: 30,000 miles in economy, 50,000 miles in business class.
  • The Middle East to South Asia: 17,500 miles in economy, 30,000 miles in business class.
  • Southeast Asia to South Asia: 20,000 miles in economy, 40,000 miles in business class.
  • Northeast Asia to South Asia: 30,000 miles in economy, 50,000 miles in business class.
  • South Asia to South Asia: 17,500 miles in economy, 30,000 miles in business class.

The Alaska Mileage Plan program prohibits mixing partner itineraries, so you cannot book a flight on SriLankan that connects with another Oneworld partner unless it’s with Alaska Airlines. Unfortunately, this is not possible as, again, SriLankan doesn't fly to North America.

Fortunately, you can add a stopover in SriLankan's hub at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) near the capital city of Colombo on long-haul itineraries between regions.

There are low taxes and fees on these awards, and a free stopover is a nice benefit.

For example, here is a one-way business-class flight from Velana International Airport (MLE) in Male, Maldives, to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) with a two-day stopover in Colombo:

(Screenshot from alaskaair.com)

These rates are even lower than booking with American Airlines AAdvantage, which has historically been one of the best rewards programs for booking business-class flights between South Asia and Europe.

(Screenshot from aa.com)

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Another sweet spot on the Mileage Plan/SriLankan award chart is flights to the Middle East. You can fly from South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Maldives) to the Middle East for just 17,500 miles in economy or 30,000 miles in business class. Similarly, you can take advantage of the "free" stopover in Colombo.

(Screenshot from alaskaair.com)

Checking the current cash prices on this flight reveals that you will get 3.15 cents per Alaska mile when booking this trip, which is nearly double our valuation of Alaska miles.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

Bottom line

A business-class seat on a SriLankan Airbus A330. (Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy)

With its recent underwhelming Oneworld partner redemption rates on Royal Air Maroc and Royal Jordanian, we prepared for the worst when Alaska added SriLankan as a redemption partner. To our pleasant surprise, however, these rates are some of the lowest out there for booking award flights from Europe to Asia, including the Maldives.

Do note that, while SriLankan operates a 1-2-1 lie-flat business-class configuration on its Airbus A330s, it's a dated product that really could use some TLC.

The next time you're planning to travel to South Asia, make sure to check out using Alaska miles on SriLankan. And if you have the time, take advantage of the "free" stopover in Colombo.

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

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  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases