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Alaska Mileage Plan Miles do not expire as long as your account is active. Keeping your account active is defined by Alaska Mileage Plan as earning or redeeming at least one mile in a 24-month period.
Complete terms on Mileage Plan expiration are as follows:
Mileage Plan miles do not have an expiration date and may remain in an active account indefinitely, provided that the Mileage Plan program has not been terminated pursuant to these conditions of membership. Activity in an account includes redeeming a Mileage Plan award or accruing mileage in the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program. However, notwithstanding any term to the contrary, if a Mileage Plan account is inactive for 2 years, Alaska Airlines may close the account, delete any mileage balance and reassign the Mileage Plan number. Deleted mileage can be reinstated for a fee for up to 1 year. To reinstate a Mileage Plan account please contact customer care.
How To Earn Alaska Mileage Plan Miles?
Aside from flying Alaska, there is a wide range of options to earn Mileage Plan miles, including:
- Earn miles by flying one of Alaska’s airline partners. Partners include American Airlines, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, and — as of March 31, 2021 — all other Oneworld airlines
- Link your Alaska Mileage Plan account to earn miles for your hotel stays at Alaska's hotel partners — including IHG, Best Western, and Marriott Bonvoy
- Earn miles when you rent a car with Alaska’s car rental partners — including Avis, Dollar, and Hertz
- Earn miles when you shop through Alaska’s shopping portal
- Earn miles for eating out when you use Alaska’s dining portal
- You can also earn miles on a wide range of everyday purchases from flowers to wines, with Alaska’s everyday partners
- Earn miles by spending on an Alaska Airlines co-branded credit card:
How Can I Redeem Alaska Mileage Plan Miles?
When it comes to redeeming Alaska Mileage Plan miles, your options include:
- Redeem your miles for flights on Alaska Airlines — including money and miles fares
- Redeem miles for first-class upgrades on Alaska Airlines flights
- Redeem your miles with Alaska’s airline partners
- Redeem miles for flights with Alaska's Oneworld partners
- Use your Miles for magazine subscriptions, including Health, Time, and Fortune
- You can share, gift, or donate your miles to good causes, such as Make-A-Wish or Hero Miles
Alaska Joins the Oneworld Alliance
Alaska announced that it was joining Oneworld in early 2020. After some back-and-forth, Alaska formally joined on March 31, 2021 as a fully-fledged member. However, Alaska is still ironing out redemption rates and other details of the relationship. So, check out our post about Alaska's Oneworld relationship for the latest.
What If Your Mileage Plan Miles Expire?
If you have let your miles expire, it's not a lost cause. You can reactivate your account and reclaim your lost miles by contacting Alaska’s customer care line at 1-800-654-5669. You can reinstate deleted balances for a $75 fee for up to 1 year after the deletion date.
For a loyalty program that still lets miles expire, Alaska Mileage Plan has one of the better expiration policies. Along with high average redemption rates and great sweet spots, Alaska Mileage Plan remains one of our favorite frequent flyer programs. And it's gone from strength to strength in 2021 by joining the Oneworld alliance.
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