With Alaska Airlines expected to join the oneworld alliance at the end of the first quarter of 2021, it's not a major surprise to find out that the two airlines plan to offer reciprocal elite benefits next year. What is surprising, however, is that both airlines say that they will go as far as offering select elite flyers from the other airline's loyalty program complimentary domestic upgrades on the flights they operate.
Alaska Airlines has offered up a variety of mileage sales this year and on at least two occasions it has offered the very best deals we have ever seen that airline offer. Now the airline is back with a sale that runs for most of what remains of this year and it's a sale that sees Mileage Plan members being targeted for mystery bonuses.
Back in August, Alaska ran a promotion in which it promised members the chance to buy miles with a bonus of up to 70% if they purchased miles in the promotion that was running at the time and, since the first week of this month, Alaska Airlines has been keeping its word. Now, however, you have less than 48 hours to buy Alaska Miles at the cheapest rate we have ever seen.
Eight days ago, Alaska's Mileage Plan program launched a flash sale that was scheduled to end three days ago...but it didn't. The sale was extended to 24 September (tomorrow) so there's still time to to buy miles with a bonus of up to 50% thrown in. Although this isn't the biggest bonus we've seen Alaska Airlines offer this year, the relatively low cost of miles in this sale means that there are still some fantastic deals to be had if you know where to look.
Towards the last week of June, Alaska Airlines launched a mileage sale with an interesting twist: Buy miles with a bonus now and earn the chance to buy more miles down the line with a much bigger bonus on offer. A few weeks ago, the bigger bonus received a very nice boost from 60% to 70% (the biggest bonus we've ever seen Alaska Airlines offer) but the offer ends today so you have just hours left to participate.
Towards the middle of April, Alaska's Mileage Plan program announced a sale in which it was offering targeted members the chance to buy miles with a 60% bonus. That sale saw the airline selling its miles at the cheapest rate we've seen and, three weeks after that sale ended, Alaska brought back the same offer. That deal was supposed to end yesterday but, for reasons best known to the airline, the offer has been extended through tomorrow, 30 June. It's still a targeted sale, but if you missed out last time you may have better luck this time around.
At the beginning of March, Alaska Airlines was the first airline to introduce any kind of change or incentive with regards to elite status earning when it announced that it would reward flyers with 50% more elite qualifying miles on travel taken through 11 April 2020. Since then, the qualification period was extended to cover flights taken by the end of May and, now that's it's increasingly obvious that people won't be returning to the skies in big numbers for some time, Alsaka Airline has extended the qualification period for its promotion once again.
Back in 2017 American Airlines and Alaska Airlines announced some significant negative changes to their partnership and it was only October last year that American Airlines removed Alaska Airlines from its list of award partners...but that was then and this is now.
The dominos are starting to fall. Delta led the way, United quickly followed and now Alaska Airlines has become the third major US airline to announce some very positive measures for its frequent flyers and to offer hope of further positive announcements in the weeks ahead.
Now that American and Alaska are playing nicely together again both airlines are offering significantly improved reciprocal mileage earnings on each other's flights - flyers can now earn and redeem Alaska miles on all American Airlines flights and they can earn and redeem American Airlines AAdvantage miles on all Alaska Airlines flights.