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This Alaska Miles Purchase promotion has ended, however, you can still purchase Alaska miles.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan has a new promotion underway called Mystery Miles. Through September 29, 2016, you can earn a mystery bonus on purchased Alaska miles of between 35% and 50%, and you can buy an unlimited supply!
Even though the biggest U.S. airlines have gone to revenue-based earning for frequent flyer miles, Alaska's Milage Plan still doles them out based on how far you fly, providing exceptional value for members. Add in a unique set of airline partners, an expanding network of destinations, and the ability to book one-way awards with a stopover on many redemptions, and Alaska's rewards program leaves the legacy carriers wanting.
How to participate in Alaska Mystery Miles
This promotion is tiered and targeted, so the first step is to find out which discount you have been offered. From there you can work out how many cents-per-mile you are paying.
Head over to Alaska's Points.com page and enter your details to see your offer. You will receive either a 35%, 40%, or 50% bonus offer.
The offer is also tiered so the more miles you purchase, the higher the bonus you receive. You can see the tiers for the 40% offer below.
- 0 – 9,000 miles = No bonus
- 10,000 – 19,000 miles = 20% bonus
- 20,000 – 49,000 miles = 30% bonus
- 50,000 – 60,000 miles = 40% bonus
The maximum bonus you can receive for the highest targeted offer is 50%.
- 40,000 – 60,000 miles = 50% bonus
The minimum purchase required to achieve the 50% discount is 40,000 miles. Mileage Plan miles typically cost 2.75 cents with an additional 7.5% in taxes. Buying 40,000 Alaska miles will cost $1,182.50, and you receive 20,000 miles as your bonus, for a total of 60,000. The bonus brings the cost of the miles down to 1.97 cents per mile.
Should You Buy Discounted Alaska Mileage Plan Miles?
As with all purchases of points and miles, we're not fans of speculative buying. We recommend you closely evaluate your potential use when making speculative purchases. You either need to have a plan for the miles or make a plan for them, because as we saw with the unannounced Emirates devaluation from Alaska, awards can change with little, or in this case, no notice.
Most points aficionados, myself included, place Cathay Pacific at the top of Alaska's redemption partners. However, on this occasion, I'll take a different approach and say you should look into Alaska's somewhat new partner Hainan Airlines. Why?
Finding first and business-class awards on Cathay Pacific can be a study in patience. However, searching for business-class awards from the US to China on Hainan Airlines couldn't be easier, and for 50k including a stopover, it's a steal.
If you are buying Alaska miles with a 50% bonus:
- 50k miles @ 1.97 cents per mile is $985
- Add the $192 for all the taxes/fees
- One-way Business-class ticket Seattle (SEA) to Beijing (PEK) for $1,177
Taking a look just six weeks out, business-class awards are open across the board, making award flights on Hainan perfect for a points purchase like this. While Alaska does tack on a hefty surcharge for each award, one-way business-class flights to China for under $1,180 all-inclusive, without having to fight tooth and nail for award space, is pretty attractive.
A few things to note before buying points:
- Purchases of Alaska miles are processed through Points.com and will not count towards any travel bonus for credit card spend.
- Your Mileage Plan account must be at least 10 days old to participate in the promotion.
- Alaska restricts the number of miles you can purchase per transaction to 60k (not including the bonus), however there is no limit on the total number of miles purchased, or number of transactions you can complete.
- Purchased miles do not count towards elite status with Alaska Airlines.
Alaska offers significant discounts on miles purchase's on a regular basis so don't make a speculative purchase based on the fear of missing out on a deal. That said, a 50% bonus on miles is an attractive prospect that offers great value for money. If you can find a worthy use I say jump in and grab yourself a bargain.
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