Flash Sale: Buy Alaska Miles With up to a 60% Bonus (1.85 Cents per Mileage Plan Mile)

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Alaska just launched its latest mileage sale, offering Mileage Plan members up to 60% bonus miles. This is one of the better buy miles deals comes that Alaska Airlines has offered. This promotion provides the ability to buy Alaska miles for 1.85¢ a piece—which is a great deal for the right redemption.

But, you need to act quickly! This 60% bonus is only available through 11:59pm Pacific Time on September 15, 2021. Then the bonus rate drops to 50%.

A Note on Buying Alaska Miles

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is our favorite frequent flyer program, and for good reasons. Not only does it partner with several amazing airlines—such as Cathay Pacific, Qantas, and Emirates—but it also offers some of the most lucrative points redemptions to their destinations. This was recently made even better with Alaska joining the Oneworld alliance on March 31, 2021.

Still, generally speaking, buying miles is not a good idea for most people. The reason for this being that you typically won't be able to redeem miles for a higher value than you purchased them. This is particularly true now, while the world sits in anticipation of when we'll be able to travel freely again.

With that said, there are some cases where it can make sense to buy miles. First, buying miles can still make sense if you need to top off your balance to complete a specific redemption. Second, you should consider buying miles if the cost is considerably cheaper than paying for the product you want outright. Both of these exceptions are magnified when there's a mileage sale—like there is right now.

Offer Details

Alaska mileage sales have been known to be targeted, so different members may see different bonuses. You'll have to log-in to your account to confirm which bonus you'll receive. But, the general terms for everyone include the following:

  • Must purchase by September 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. PST to receive 60% bonus miles.
  • After that, you can buy Alaska miles with a 50% bonus through September 21, 2021.
  • Miles are non-refundable and do not count towards MVP and MVP/Gold Status
  • Maximum of 100,000 miles per transaction (before the mileage bonus)
  • Mileage Plan members without elite status may be credited up to a maximum of 150,000 miles acquired through Points.com in a calendar year, whether purchased by you or gifted to you
  • Members with Alaska elite status (MVP, MVP Gold, and MVP Gold 75K) have no limit on the number of miles that can be acquired through Points.com

60% Bonus Miles

Members can use the 60% bonus to buy Alaska Airlines miles using the following structure:

  • Buy 1,000-2,000 miles with no bonus
  • Buy 3,000-19,000 miles, get a 40% bonus
  • Buy 20,000-39,000 miles, get a 50% bonus
  • Buy 40,000-100,000 miles, get a 60% bonus

buy 40k Alaska miles with a 60% bonus

The minimum amount of Alaska miles that you can buy with a 60% bonus is 40,000 miles. You'll end up with 64,000 miles (40,000 miles + 24,000 bonus miles) for a cost of $1,182.50. That's just under 1.85¢ per mile.

If you were to maximize this offer, you'd receive 160,000 Alaska miles (100,000 miles + 60,000 bonus miles) for $2,956.25, or 1.85¢ per mile. This purchase rate is less than the value that some people assign to Alaska miles, meaning it might be a good deal for some people, depending on their situation.

The Value of Alaska Mileage Plan Miles

Alaska Mileage Plan miles are some of the most valuable miles around. In fact, of the 12 airlines that AwardWallet analyzed, Alaska Mileage Plan miles have the highest average value. In recent redemptions, AwardWallet users have got a whopping 4.46¢ per mile average redemption rate per Alaska Mileage Plan mile.

The catch: Alaska miles are only really valuable for certain redemptions. And we see that in the breakdown of redemption rate by flight type:

  • Short-haul economy/premium economy: 1.29¢
  • Short-haul business/first class: 3.19¢
  • Long-haul economy/premium economy: 1.76¢
  • Long-haul business/first class: 5.67¢

So, you're going to struggle to get enough value from Alaska Mileage Plan miles for economy and premium economy awards to justify buying miles a 1.85¢ each. However, first- and business-class awards can be an incredible use of Alaska miles. We will highlight some of these opportunities below.

Buying Miles for Alaska Partner Redemptions

In our previous post detailing Mileage Plan sweet spots, we listed several of the top-value redemptions possible with Alaska miles. Let's pick three of these sweet spots and compare the typical cash price with the cost to purchase the necessary miles under the terms of the best offer.

Washington DC – Singapore in Cathay Business Class (with a stopover in Hong Kong)

  • Mileage Rate: 50,000 miles
  • Typical Cash Price: $4,665
  • Redemption Rate: 9.3 cents per mile
  • Cost to Purchase Necessary Miles (at 1.85¢ per mile): $925

Hong Kong – Dubai in Cathay Pacific Business Class

  • Mileage Rate: 30,000 miles
  • Typical Cash Price: $4,800
  • Redemption Rate: 16 cents per mile
  • Cost to Purchase Necessary Miles (at 1.85¢ per mile): $555

Los Angeles – Fiji (stopover) – Auckland in Fiji Airways Business Class

  • Mileage Rate: 55,000 miles
  • Typical Cash Price: $3,100
  • Redemption Rate: 5.6 cents per mile
  • Cost to Purchase Necessary Miles (at 1.85¢ per mile): $1,018

Potentially Get a Refund for the ‘Tax Recovery Fee'

The start of 2021 marked the return of the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax on domestic air travel — which Congress paused temporarily as part of the CARES Act in 2020. Alaska Airlines is responsible for levying this as part of ticket prices, as well as for mileage purchases. Since the airline partners with Points.com to process mileage purchases, Points.com passes it on to loyalty members—calling it a ‘Tax Recovery Fee'.

Interestingly, you may not have to pay it.

When domestic airlines levy a Federal Excise Tax on mileage purchases, it's with the assumption that the purchased miles will be used for domestic air travel. However, as many award travelers are probably aware, this often isn't the case. If you use those purchased miles for international travel, hotel stays, gift cards, or any other redemption, you should be able to get it refunded.

To learn more, check out Gary Leff's post about it at View From The Wing.

If you get the fee refunded, this promotion's best rate drops to just 1.83¢ per mile.

Alaska Buy Miles History

We have compiled a list of former Alaska Airlines buy miles promotions. As you can see, there have been a few previous promotions that offered 60% bonus miles. The promotions held in October, June, and May 2020 offered a 60% bonus and lacked the Federal Excise Tax, resulting in the best rate we've seen at 1.72¢ per mile.

Promotion EndedMax BonusMin Cents Per MileTargeted
2021-09-2150%1.97No
2021-09-1560%1.85No
2021-08-2360%1.85No
2021-06-2550%1.97No
2021-05-2260%1.85Yes
2021-03-1850%1.97Yes
2021-02-1460%1.85Yes
2020-12-2350%1.83No
2020-10-3160%1.72Yes
2020-09-2050%1.83No
2020-08-2650%1.83No
2020-06-3060%1.72Yes
2020-05-3060%1.72Yes
2020-02-1640%2.15No
2019-02-2240%2.11No
2018-12-2150%1.97Yes
2018-10-0450%1.97Yes
2018-07-13
40%2.11Yes
2018-07-0350%1.97Yes
2017-10-3150%1.97Yes
2017-07-0150%1.97Yes
2017-04-0640%2.11No
2016-09-2950%1.97Yes
2016-06-1350%1.97Yes
2016-03-3140%2.11No

Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that purchasing Alaska Mileage Plan miles won't code as travel, so it's best to use an everyday spending card.

Alaska Airlines has steadily increased the frequency and bonuses that it's offering through mileage sales. Before 2020, 50% was the best bonus Alaska would typically offer. During the pandemic, we saw five instances where the airline has beaten it with a 60% bonus. Now, the 60% bonus is back and we aren't sure when we will see such a deal again.

It's never a good idea to purchase miles speculatively, even at such a great price. With that said, as long as you've got a plan and you recognize all of the risks involved, this can still be a great deal.

Would you buy Alaska Mileage Plan Miles for 1.85¢ each?

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  • Just in time for me to reset the clock on my soon to be expiring Alaska balance, excellent.

  • This can be a solid deal if you can use it on Business Class on some of Alaska’s high end mileage partners….this is about as good as it gets for buying Alaska miles.

  • Love the chart showing the history of the cost per mile to buy. Keep it up. Wish everyone did this to see how the current bonus compares and also how often they do it.

  • It is possible to buy miles with Visa card issued in Argentina?

  • Still a little high, unless you really need the points, like to buy around $1.50

  • I checked my account and my offer only shows 40% discount. Bummer 🙁

  • matthew Ward says:

    For that LAX – NAN – AKL trip, it looks like the 55K miles is for LAX – NAN in coach. Is that right, or do I just need to keep searching different date?

    • Yeah, you need to search for different dates. Alaska can be quite obnoxious about showing mixed cabin awards on its website. So, you may have better luck just searching LAX-NAN in business class to find a date for that leg – and then find a NAN-AKL leg after that date.

  • The pandemic will be over at some point and somewhat normal travel will resume. The question is: will there be other offers to buy miles that will be as good as this one?

  • Yes, the miles offers have become more frequent and Alaska makes no exception.
    I still wait that the pandemic situation improves and that the rules to travel will be more clear and uniform around the world.
    So I won’t buy this time. Maybe next time.

  • If you’re travelling in the next 6 months, may be a good deal but man, too many uncertainty right now to start buying miles.

  • Hmm did not realize the minimum number of miles needs to be purchased to hit the 40% bonus threshold is 40,000 miles. Will have to pass, unfortunately.

  • DEYVISSON FERREIRA RIBEIRO ALMEIDA says:

    Good offer. I think Alaska airlines mileage plan one of the best programs available. Let’s hope it keeps like this when the OW partnership comes to life.

  • I think it is still a bit early to buy for the “recovery.”

  • Great deal for Alaska points, but I might hold off until things get closer to normal.

    • That’s the very challenge however, because as things get closer to normal, there historic offers will understandably fade.

  • Jessica Arbai says:

    This is an excellent promotion, for one thing. I have to say, Alaska Airlines’ mileage redemption rate is quite worthwhile overall.

  • The only reason to remotely justify this rate is that AS is now part of the oneworld.

    • I’d say that’s more a reason to avoid this promo. Alaska already has great award charts. OW membership may lead to a devaluation of those rewards or non-OW partners being dropped. Hopefully not, knock on wood 🙂

  • Quite a nice promo and the price for the miles is interesting.
    The only issue is the redemption which will not be imminent and so there is some risk to buy miles in advance for a future redemption.
    Especially because something can change in Mileage Plan after Alaska will join Oneworld.

  • Not sure if it’s just me, but it feels like a lot of miles and point sales lately. Guess their way of raising much needed funds.

  • Will wait for a 1.5c deal to come along.

  • Your HKG-DXB example is incorrect. Business Class on that route requires 30K Mileage Plan miles; 22.5K is the rate for economy class. If and when CX flies to DXB again, of course.

    My best CX redemption was YVR-JFK(F)‐HKG(J)-CPT(J) for 70K. I am not a buyer though. I earned over 300K RDM flying in 2020. As for CX, it is doubtful that they will be flying any aircraft with F cabins this year, nor will they be flying to many “sweet spot” destinations that are open to discretionary travelers.

    James

    • Ooof. You’re exactly right. I just fixed that. Thanks for pointing that out.

      And that’s an insanely excellent redemption! I especially like the YVR-JFK backtrack! Did you stopover in HKG? My wife and I were looking to do something similar (JFK-HKG-CPT/JNB) but we couldn’t find availability on the HKG-ZA leg for our dates. So, we are doing JFK-HKG(stopover)-DXB.

      • AS doesn’t usually allow backtracking. I had booked a separate YVR-JFK award in F for two as I wanted to fly the route before it was terminated. I changed our JFK-HKG-CPT award which now commenced the morning we arrived from YVR. I was worried out being protected if YVR-JFK was delayed. AS combined the two awards into one and refunded the points difference.

        We had an 11 day stopover in HKG and used that time to fly revenue to/from SYD on QF.

        Returning from CPT was CPT-JNB-LHR-YVR in BA(d) F for 80K miles.

        Are you flying EK back to JFK? Don’t forget to add Hawaii or Mexico to your Itinerary after a stopover. You will only need a one-way back to JFK for that second trip. You can have a free stopover at the partner gateway including within the US.

        James

        • Sounds like an awesome trip! Thanks for the tips and I love the BA(d) mention 😀

          We are hoping to do a bit more complicated of a trip than just returning to JFK. But we still need availability and routes to open up before we can book the full epic trip. That said, we are planning to do first class on CX, EK, QR, EY, SQ, and hopefully LH – all in one trip!

    • The mileage difference between C and Y class awards in the DXB case is really small; it is certainly worth it to buy points in this case.

  • Of course, 1.85 cents per mile is a great rate. Unfortunately, I think it portends a coming devaluation. We will see.

  • Buy milles generally Is most expensive, but in this time could be a good opportunity, each company should offers better milles price.

  • Limited value after loosing EK F redemptions.

  • Pretty sweet offer if you need to buy miles.
    Otherwise, not really worth it to buy IMHO

  • Juan Ignacio says:

    Good deal! Hope Alaska continues to have excellent redemptions once they join OW.

  • The sale is interesting but its is best to have a plan to use them first.

  • Also this time I’ll pass.
    I would like to redeem first the miles that I already have in my account before buying further Alaska miles.
    Moreover, the 60% bonus was better than the current 50% bonus.

  • The Wallet offer was still much better than this, but at any rate not a bad deal.

  • What is the timeline for these miles to be merged into Aadvantage miles?

  • amanda whitehurst says:

    If I had a trip planned in the next year, I would definitely be looking at this offer especially the Business or First Class deals.

  • I will not be buying any Alaska miles at this time. With all the current travel restrictions, especially international and Hawaii, I am not sure why anyone would be buying any airline’s miles?

  • If you are going to highlight the DFW -> SYD route then I think its important to note that Quantas has currently suspended all international flights with no date set for them to resume.

    • Indeed it has. And unfortunately a lot of the best examples for using AS miles are affected by the pandemic. While we await their return, we will work in other examples.

  • This airline has reduced the stress of flying immensely! Our affinity credit card meant we got 2 free bags.

  • Pablo Quilis says:

    Promotion extension = not sold.
    This is not the time to buy miles for me. It is time to wait and see which airlines are left after the pandemic.

  • Alaska has the best miles sales…..

  • Thank you. I notified a friend and he managed to get a flight from Sydney to Dallas in August next year. Hopefully we can all fly again by then.

    • It is interesting that the QF awards for August 2021 are available when the QF international flying program is suspended indefinitely.

      • Also interesting is that QF has stopped selling international tickets through late October 2021 & all of QFs A380 fleet, the only aircraft with an F product, are parked in the Majove Desert until 2023.

        Also, CX isn’t flying an F configured aircraft to the US right now and has recently announced that EWR, IAD & SEA are permanently removed from their route network. LGW, DUB & BRU are also axed.

        I wouldn’t speculate on the redemptions remaining the same with free stopovers once AS joins oneworld on March 31st, 2021. That just adds to the risk.

        James

        • That’s all the case. However, I know that there are a few award travelers that are hoping to book one last trip using the current Alaska award chart — including me!

  • This sounds great if it were at any time; but for now it is not time to travel.

  • Pablo Quilis says:

    I will not buy any miles on any airline until next year. I really don’t know who will survive..

  • The promo is very good, especially if you unlock the 60% promo for buying miles in October.
    Anyway, I have already some miles and recently I have cancelled a redemption and I had some miles deposited back in my account.
    For this reason I will pass.

  • I think the best place to use Alaska Airlines Miles is to redeem for Cathay Pacific Business Class. I will buy some Alaska Miles as a spare. Next time I can redeem for a great business class mileage.

  • I can’t believe how good a deal the redemptions featured at the end of the article are. Under $1300 to fly to Australia in First. Wow. Makes me wish I could fly right now even more!! ??

  • Love these AS mileage sales!

  • Looks like this could be one of the few times to buy miles.

  • I never buy miles but am considering this as my existing AS miles are going to expire if I don’t do something soon to extend them…

  • Love flying on Alaska but our flights are on indefinite hold because of Covid 🙁

  • I’m about to fly Alaska for the first time since the pandemic. It should be interesting. I have gotten some great value redemptions with their miles, alsthough today I am crediting the flight to AA.

  • As always the risk here seems to be that alaska is going to join OW by end of the year, which means a devaluation is very likely going to happen.

  • Has anyone successfully redeemed Alaska miles for a partner award lately (in the past two months)? My impression is that partner awards have dried up. Please share any success stories. Thanks!

  • its a shame they got rid of unlimited stopovers on awards in Asia.

  • The only situation that makes sense in buying miles without a bonus is when your miles are about to expire and you don´t have the chage of flying

  • With so many ways to earn points through various cards, why take the chance by buying miles? I rather just keep earning them through my credit card than just to buy on speculation. The risk vs rate of return seems pretty high for something like this.

  • Even though the most recent promotion to buy Alaska miles ended on June 30, 2020, it is interesting to consider buying Alaska miles at the standard rate because there are some values in certain situations.

  • I think that I’m in a wait-and-see what happens to alaska after they join oneworld before considering buying points.

  • Although it is a good offer, I think you have to wait to buy miles. When flights are massively reactivated, airlines will have competitive offers (I hope).

  • I could not find in the terms of service the description of the algorithm that decides who gets the 40% or the 60% bonus. Shouldn’t that be informed somehow in the tos? Thanks as usual AwardWallet

    • Hey Joaquin, in my experience, most programs don’t release any details about the criteria for targeted offers. I haven’t seen anything explaining this one.

  • Agreed, this is the 2nd time that Alaska offered 60% bonus, I always redeem Japan airline and Cathay via Alaska miles but travel is not an option for me right now and miles expire after a certain period of time. So it might not be a good idea to purchase miles without knowing when can we use it!

  • cincbarto says:

    Excellent note, but today it is uncertainty to travel. If we were in a normal situation, I would clearly travel with these promotions, they are an opportunity!

  • Glad I held off on this one! Time to buy

  • I wish they had more transfer partners. This would make it a lot easier to earn miles without having to resort to flying.

  • Never a good idea to buy miles, especially when no promotion.

  • Removal of the stopover rule was heartbreaking for AS redemptions. RIP

    • JT Genter says:

      As far as I saw, the stopover rule was only removed for certain intra-Asia awards — not all AS awards. Let me know if you see otherwise because that would be a huge blow!

  • I am glad to be able to make a comment here.

  • I could not find in the terms of service the description of the algorithm that decides who gets the 40% or the 60% bonus. Shouldn’t that be informed somehow in the tos? Thanks as usual AwardWallet 🙂

  • im glad i waited to get miles. this is even a better deal than it was a few weeks ago!

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    This is a good offer. Watch for deals like this as the covid panic subsides. Oh, they’ll try to keep the phobia alive while the election season is alive, but hospitalizations are down, so people will be travelling. Pack your suitcase and jump on these deals!

  • I like Alaska as an airline and from a customer service perspective. Any time I’ve had an issue they’ve always given me extra miles or award certificates to use. Wouldn’t hesitate to buy some miles from them.

  • So many offers, and here the nation is waiting for a vaccine.

  • Ah, too bad we have no plans to travel any time soon.

    • It probably can make sense, but only if you have something specific in mind. You can afford to wait until then, definitely not wise to buy without a specific redemption lined up.

  • I’m a bit nervous about when it will feel safe to fly again, but there are definitely great opportunities now for stocking up on discounted miles for when you’re comfortable using them again!

  • Gwyntip Karnasuta says:

    Agreed, this is the 2nd time that Alaska offered 60% bonus, I always redeem Japan airline and Cathay via Alaska miles but travel is not an option for me right now and miles expire after a certain period of time. So it might not be a good idea to purchase miles without knowing when can we use it!

  • Thanks for the update on Alaska offers. I took advantage of the previous offer in May for two reasons: 1.) To top off my Alaska miles to give me a little extra cushion for the trip I plan to take and 2.) To quickly meet the spending requirement on a new card that will give me another cushion with that airline for a future trip I am looking forward to taking.

  • Orapin Komenkul says:

    Alaska is definitely my favorite points next to AA and UR. I would like to purchase some right now to fly CX and JL on F to Thailand. Appreciate Award Wallet for the AA points.

  • I wonder when is Alaska going to offer a 100% bonus?

  • Some of the best uses of Alaska miles is on partner awards eg Cx F and QF F….and these airlines are barely, if at all, flying currently due to Covid 19…so no matter how cheap they are, i will be holding off buying til there is more travel certainty in the post Covid 19 world.

  • I am not going to buy the miles right now, but I will get the Alaska credit card to keep . I don’t think buying miles will be worth it right now

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    The price for Alaskan miles is a good deal. I expect that after all the silly covid panic, that there will be many such deals to watch for. I like this one though.

  • Nice! I just wish all these guys would figure out how to give bonus points for using their own credit card to buy the points. United did that for me at Black Friday 2018

    • That’s awesome. United does seem to understand that as buying gift card on the United app gives a 25% mileage bonus just for holding the card and they also have a separate category on the shopping portal that offers higher values for cardholders.

  • Wasim Zahid says:

    Am I missing something? It’s showing me maximum 50% bonus.

    One week only! Buy miles now and get up to 50% bonus miles. Hurry—this offer ends on June 28, 2020.
    Buy 3,000 – 29,000 miles, get a 40% bonus
    Buy 30,000 – 100,000 miles, get a 50% bonus

    • JT Genter says:

      Ah bummer! It didn’t seem like this was a targeted offer as we all received a 60% bonus. But it seems clear from your data point that it is targeted. I’m updating the post to indicate that.

  • I buy Mileage Plan miles if there is a good offer and I know how to use the miles soon.

  • I can see the logic behind buying the miles. Alaska I believe is pretty solid with not devaluing. But still my trip is several years off. But I can still buy miles later and that is a great idea. I like their elite promo right now, I just don’t think it’ll help me with even charging on their credit card to earn some elite points.

  • Apathorn Karnasuta says:

    It’s definitely not a good idea to purchase miles speculatively, especially during this time when COVID is still around. I’d rather buy it and burn it!

  • i would not buy anything at this time unless 200% bonus is offered.

  • IMO buying miles without any kind of discount makes no sense, unless one really needs to top off an account by fewer than 10,000 miles.

  • Definitely worthwhile if you need to reach a certain number of points.

  • Pity I was NOT targeted for 60% bonus. But anyway would hold off buying anything in this uncertain time.
    Who knows when AS will start changing award charts. Most likely when the join OW officially.

  • dharmesh says:

    im gonna have to get the visa alaska credit card. it will soon be a good time to go alaska and use miles

  • This should be the standard advice for everyone. Absolutely no, you shouldn’t, unless topping off. Heck, I’d pretty much say the same thing about discounts, unless you already have travel in mind.

  • worthwhile if you just needed a little to top off towards a flight you were looking to book anyways

  • I will hold off on this as too pricey. We have no travel plans for the foreseeable future. My feeling is better deals will be coming our way when the airlines start to attempt to ramp up their operations.

  • Time to stock up on some miles during this brief period of no flying due to covid. It’s only a matter of time before things pickup again.

  • Finally a bonus higher than 50%.
    I’m taking my chances and buying some miles this time…hopefully the COVID19 situation will improve a lot in the coming months.

  • Im going to take your advise and not buy as I dont have any where I want to travel to right now.

  • I wonder how the system decides who gets how much bonus.

  • 60% sounds awesome, but yet again flying when COVID is still around…

    • Not to get political, but I think 10 years from now we’ll all see that this was blown way out of proportion. Studies are already showing that large percentages of random people have the antibodies meaning they had the virus and didn’t even know it.

  • No deal on any airline’s miles no matter how good could tempt me to buy at the moment. The risk for an airline failing in the current environment is too high for comfort. For the airlines that survive a devaluation of their mileage program is an easy target to reduce liabilities on the balance sheet to help them recover.

  • I know why they’re doing this but this is a catch-22. They need cash to help stay afloat but I’d never buy miles speculatively as the risk of devaluation or worse, bankruptcy, is higher than ever. Ok that’s not really a catch-22 but you see my point.

    • I don’t think airlines will bankrupt this time around but I will not buy miles because of the current situation anyway.

      • I don’t think bankruptcy is on the table but as Warren Buffet said, the industry may come out very different. At least I think he said that.

    • I’d agree with this. We already have so many points, I can’t imagine paying money for more. Cash is king.

      If someone was going to book right away, then maybe. But in these times, I think purchasing points is a bad idea.

  • I never flew this airline before but everything I read is great.. this is another example

    • I’ll have a choice for Hawaiian or Alaska business soon and I think I’m going to go with Hawaiian but I am intrigued to see what Alaska has to offer. I’ve heard good things.

  • 60% is only slightly higher than their previous promotions. Looking for 100%+ before I buy any miles.

  • As you said, “it’s probably not a good idea to purchase miles speculatively.” I’m going to take that advice to the bank ?

  • I agree. I think that the airlines will run more saver awards in the near future to entice people to fly again. Fares would also be cheaper until people start to feel comfortable flying again so buying the miles might not be the cheapest option.

    • They’re in quite a predicament. Yes, they’ll want to entice people to fly again… somehow. But, most predictions I’ve seen is that airfare will have to be more expensive, for many reasons. They’re desperate for money. They need to spend meaningful $s on new safety precautions. And, they’ll probably be forced to limit seating in a significant way due to social distancing requirements.

      • Agreed. I think it may turn into the economics of business class. Airlines definitely use statistics and have algorithms to set business class prices knowing how many they want to sell to turn the profit they want.

        It may be the same case here. A higher fare may turn some away and cause some empty seats but if 80% of the plane is booked at a higher rate, it’s worth losing a couple seats of revenue for that.

        Like many have said, the air travel industry may have just been changed forever and will take a long time to return to normal, if that happens.