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Alaska Airlines has announced a new promotion that awards a minimum 10,000 Mileage Plan miles for paid round-trip tickets on Alaska partner airlines. The promo is valid on partner flights from North America to any country outside of North America, and runs from March 1 through December 31, 2020.
- Valid March 1 through December 31, 2020.
- Earn 5,000 miles each way on partner flights.
- Earn bonus miles on flights between North America and non-North American destinations.
- North America is defined as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
- Allow 4-6 weeks for the bonus miles to post to your account.
- Bonus points do not count towards elite status qualification.
Which Partner Flights Are Eligible?
This promo features 16 partner airlines that allow you to credit miles back to Mileage Plan. You can credit miles from partner flights between North America and any country that falls outside the four North American countries/regions listed in the terms & conditions.
Note: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that American Airlines flights are not included in this promotion.
- Aer Lingus
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- EL AL Israel Airlines
- Fiji Airways
- Hainan Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- Korean Air
- LATAM Airlines
- Singapore Airline
Who Benefits the Most From This Alaska Promo?
What is noteworthy about this promo is it rewards people traveling on cheap international paid tickets over or those purchasing premium cabin tickets. If you fly with an Alaska partner in a premium cabin, you will likely earn more than 10,000 miles without the bonus, so you won't pick up any additional miles from this deal.
However, if you book a discounted revenue ticket on an Alaska partner airline—one that would typically earn only a small percentage of flown miles—you will receive a significant boost since you are guaranteed a minimum of 10,000 miles per round-trip.
How does this work in practice?
Let's say you purchase a round-trip basic economy flight on British Airways from Boston to London and credit your miles to Alaska. Flying BOS-LHR comes in at 3,265 miles each way on Great Circle Mapper, so a round-trip flight would total 6,530 flown miles. As British Airways Basic Economy flights book into the lowest fare classes and earn 25% of miles flown, you would only collect 1,633 Alaska miles for your round-trip flight without the bonus. With Alaska's current promo, you'll earn a minimum 10,000 miles. A massive increase of 8,367 miles over what you would typically receive when flying a basic economy fare.
You can currently book Spring flights between Boston and London for as little as $350 on British Airways. If you value Alaska miles at a conservative 2¢ per mile, the 10,000 miles earned on those flights represent a $200 discount off the cost of your ticket, or 57% off, effectively bringing the price down to ~$150.
Alaska Mileage Plan is our favorite frequent flyer program, and promos like these will keep it at the top of the list. You don't need to register for this promo, all you need to remember is to book with an Alaska partner and credit your flight to Alaska Mileage Plan, and you are guaranteed a minimum of 10,000 miles per round trip.
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