Up To 50% Bonus on Alaska Miles Purchase

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This Alaska Miles Purchase promotion has ended, however, you can still purchase Alaska miles.

Alaska Airlines is currently offering one of its best bonuses on purchasing miles; you can now pick up a 50% bonus on miles’ purchases. This represents an excellent value since normally Alaska bonus offers are in the range of 30% to 40%. Although Alaska states that the offer is targeted, it does seem that you can access it from various links. If you have not received an email from Alaska, it is well worth logging into your mileage account to see if you can access the offer directly.

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Key Terms

The offer is structured, and the size of your bonus will depend on the number of miles you buy.

  • The offer is valid until July 1, 2017
  • The bonus categories are either 20%, 35%, or 50%

The bonus categories break down as follows:

  • Purchase 1,000 to 9,000 earn 0% bonus – price per mile: 3 cents
  • Purchase 10,000 to 19,000 earn 20% bonus – price per mile: 2.5 cents
  • Purchase 20,000 to 49,000 earn 35% bonus – price per mile: 2.2 cents
  • Purchase 50,000 to 60,000 earn 50% bonus – price per mile: 2.0 cents

You will need to purchase a minimum of 50,000 miles to benefit from the 50% bonus. The purchase would yield you 75,000 miles for a price of $1,478.13. In terms of value, 75,000 miles is a great return and will take you far, if you consider how relatively inexpensive Alaska’s redemptions are. Check out some Oneworld redemptions that make sense using Alaska miles instead of AA miles.

Our Take

If you are a regular flyer with Alaska, then you should consider this offer since it is one of the cheapest ways to top up your mileage account. If you don't fly Alaska but are looking to take advantage of one of its great partner redemption opportunities, this is the price to buy. It is rare that Alaska is this generous with their mileage purchases bonuses, so at a 50% bonus, this offer does represent excellent value.

Source: Travel Codex

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  • I hope this price remains rare. The higher the bonus, the more likely that a devaluation is coming…

  • Bertrand Say says:

    Are buying miles really worth it?

  • I believe 50% equals the highest bonus ever seen for purchasing Alaska miles, correct?

  • Great deal for international premier cabin redemptions on partners like JAL

  • Alaska gets it and treats their loyal customers the right way

  • I wish I lived in the NW at times so I could utilize Alaska more. They’re not perfect by any means (is any airline?), but they do a lot right.

  • AS is a favorite of mine and I’ve been flying them since the early 1980’s. I’m still loyal to them and have never experienced any problems with their service or their frequent flier program. Generally I’m not a fan of buying miles however I’m tempted considering this offer.

  • I also am not a huge fan of buying miles but this might be a good time to do so. I’m hoping to explore more of Hawaii (I’ve spent lots of time on Oahu.). Alaska has flights to a bunch of destinations in Hawaii. In fact, a few years ago, an Alaska flight attendant told me they had more destinations in Hawaii than in Alaska! (He may have been kidding me, but it made me realize how their route structure had grown.)

  • AS miles are very valuable but I would buy only if I would have need for award travel,I wouldn’t buy for stock only.

  • I just doing think purchasing miles outright is worth it, unless you are just short of an amount necessary to purchase an award trip. That includes this 50% bonus.

  • amzsinger@gmail.com says:

    While I think this is a decent offer, I’m still not sure it makes sense to “buy” miles when there are other ways to “earn” miles for free.

  • Jacqueline parsons says:

    Alaska outside of Amex points are quite hard to come by if you don’t regularly fly with them. This is great news!


    Me too. I wouldn’t buy for stock only. But that’s a good offer

  • Ugh I only see a 40% bonus on my account.
    Hopefully next time…

  • How does this compare with other recent bonuses? I’ve found that buying miles rarely pays unless you are really close to a milestone,

    • It depends on your goals and what you’d otherwise pay in cash. Alaska miles are particularly valuable for international partner redemptions. As for a bonus, 50% is as good as it gets.

  • I am always afraid to buy miles because of frequent devaluations. I would only buy miles to top off an account for a specific award travel purchase.

  • JonKarol says:

    I wish American would take a cue from Alaska and be more FF-friendly instead of sucking the life out of their miles redemptions.

  • I hope Alaska continues to maintain their program as distance based vs. fare based.

  • From the email, it seems like mine is 40%

  • There appears to suddenly be a lot of discounted point sales going on all over the industry. This spells good news for us as consumers so maybe a price war going on inside, we may very well see all the others follow suit very soon.

    • The_Bouncer says:

      That can be true. However, it’s also a double-edge sword. The greater the number of miles in circulation, the greater the pressure on the airline to devalue.

  • only if they can make their brand name Virgin Alaska…

  • While it may be the highest ever bonus for alaska, 2 cents a mile is pretty easy to come by with other airlines.

  • It seems to be a great deal

  • My offer is 40%.
    So not very lucky!

  • Hmm…tempting! Maryjane said a flight attendant told her that more destinations in Hawaii than Alaska? lol! However, when you’re dreaming of Hawaii that sounds amazing! Wouldn’t it make anyone happy to fine that they have more options of putting their feet in the sand?! I think I will have to look at their routes. Anyone find it easier to book from sea or maybe from their home airport?

  • Thanks, although I can’t spare the cash right now for this one, it’s good to learn more for the right day when I can pounce.

  • Alaska is a great airline. With addition of virgin it hopefully will stay friendly program. Large purchase bonuses scare me. With merger is point devaluation on horizon?

  • You can’t use miles when you book the $129 award flight .. or I would consider this offer.

  • Great tip! There are many worthwhile Alaska redemption that are easily above the 2 cents per mile you’re paying at the highest tier, particularly near airports that are well served by Alaska, like we are at PDX. Good opportunity that I’ll be taking advantage of…

  • Nice to know. Love Alaska miles, but don’t have an immediate need to buy.

  • hope to see 100% bonus some day as what other airlines have done.

  • It’s good to keep track of these mileage sale offers to see how the program values its miles.

  • I bought at 40% few months ago to complete my Amex Platinum spend. I’m now targeted for 50% and am considering buying more to complete my SPG bonus 10k spend.
    I’m going to SE Asia and am looking forward to business/first class with some AS partners.

  • This is very interesting. I had completely ignored the Alaska program as I didn’t think it was likely I would ever travel on them. Oneworld is usually my first choice of alliance, so it is interesting that their points can be used on some oneworld partners.

  • The_Bouncer says:

    2cpm is a decent price, if you value premium class travel. I am a coach flyer, so it’s not worth it for me.

  • There actually used to be 100% bonus offers. I remember a few years ago, US Air had that promo. In those days also, business class round trips from US to SE Asia were only 90,000 miles. Unfortunately, as Howie said, these days 50% is as good as it gets.

  • I wish Alaska would join an alliance like Oneworld rather than just having lots of individual partner agreements. I think I read somewhere that Finnair is becoming the latest Alaska partner.

    • Finnair has a partnership with Alaska, but it won’t be until this fall when you’ll be able to redeem Alaska miles on Finnair — we’ll be sure to report on it.

      I’m really happy they’ve chosen to NOT join an alliance — it allows them to have a wider variety of partnerships.

  • Thanks for your advice! I didn’t get the offer directley but when I logged into my mileage account I was able to see the offer there.

  • Thank you. It seems like a good deal…depending on how soon I use them, since 50,000+ seems like the sweet spot for purchases.

  • Good bonus, I’m in.

  • This is an excellent opportunity to purchase Alaska Airlines miles at a good value. I use my miles for trips to the Hawaiian Islands and at the 50% bonus level, this purchase will be a good value. Thanks for sharing this post.

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