October 7, 2016
Use Alaska Air miles to visit two cities in Asia flying first class!

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Alaska Mileage Plan


Straight to the Point

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan has some phenomenal redemption options and rates. One of my favorite features about the program is the diversity of booking partners across several different alliances. This makes Alaska one of the most flexible reward programs out there. And while airlines are typically racing to devalue their miles, there’s still great value to be had with Alaska miles relative to its peers. All that coupled with Alaska’s generous stopover rules that let you experience flights to two cities in first class for the low price of one makes it a great award program.

Some Amazing Alaska Airlines partner awards

1. Cathay Pacific First Class

  • USA to Asia/Africa/Middle East/India for 70,000 miles one way
  • USA to Australia/New Zealand for 80,000 miles one way

2. Cathay Pacific Business Class

  • USA to Asia for 50,000 miles one way
  • USA to Africa/Middle East/India for 62,500 miles one way
  • USA to Australia/New Zealand for 60,000 miles one way

Cathay Pacific has one of the best first class products in the skies today and these are incredibly low award prices when compared to what other airlines charge. And remember that Alaska allows stopovers on award flights. For example, you can book a first class ticket from the USA to Hong Kong, spend a few days exploring the city, and then hop on another first class flight to Sydney-all for only 70,000 miles!

3. Quantas First Class

  • USA to Australia/New Zealand for 70,000 miles one way

4. Quantas Business Class

  • USA to Australia/New Zealand for 55,000 miles now way

Quantas releases very few award seats to partners in business and first class but if you can find availability, these are great rates for flights to Oceania.

5. Fiji Airways Business Class

  • USA to Fiji for 55,000 miles one way

This is a great opportunity to take advantage of Alaska’s stopover rules. You can fly from Los Angeles to Fiji, have a stopover there, then continue on to Australia or New Zealand all for just 55,000 miles!

6. LAN Business Class

  • USA to South America for only 45,000 miles one way

Redeeming Alaska Miles

  • Although Alaska is a domestic airline, it’s mileage program is great because it has 17 international partners that can take you pretty much anywhere around the world!
  • One cool feature of Alaska Mileage Plan is that it still allows one stopover per one way ticket (total of 2 for roundtrip tickets). The only restriction is that you can only book one partner airline at a time in addition to the Alaska flight for each direction of travel. For example, if you’re flying from the USA to Hong Kong, you can take one flight on Alaska and one flight on Cathay Pacific, but you can’t add a second partner airlines to the mix.
  • Note that if you want to book a stopover ticket you must book it over the phone, which comes with a $15 dollar fee (waived is you have Alaska status). This essentially allows you to book two cities per direction of travel for the price of a one-way award ticket! More on this below.
  • Alaska also doesn’t have a set award chart. It charges a different amount of miles depending on the region of travel and the partner airline you’re using. You can find the full Award Chart

Earning Alaska Miles

  1. Fly Alaska Airlines-This is pretty obvious.
  2. Fly on any of Alaska’s 17 partner airlines.
  3. Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card-30,000 point signup bonus, free checked bag, annual $99 companion fare, 3 miles/$ on Alaska Air spend, no foreign transaction fees.
  4. Transfer points from Starwood Preferred Guest. Every 20,000 points you transfer from SPG gives you 25,000 Alaska Miles.
  5. Alaska Airlines Shopping Portal gives you bonus Alaska miles for online shopping with over 800 retailers.

Partner Airlines that earn miles

You can earn Alaska miles by flying on the following Alaska Airlines partners.

  • AeroMexico
  • Air France
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Delta
  • Emirates
  • Icelandair
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • LAN
  • Pen Air
  • Quantas
  • Ravn Alaska

*Note that for Cathay Pacific and LAN you have to call to add your Alaska number to the ticket. Other airlines can be done online.