Alaska Airlines has announced that it has expanded its existing arrangement with Rocketmiles to allow Mileage Plan members to book hotel nights using their Alaska Miles. Travelers have been able to earn Alaska Miles on their Rocketmiles bookings for as long as I can remember but this is the first time that travelers have been able to use Alaska Miles in lieu of cash when making a reservation.
The current Alaska mileage sale has been running since mid-February and ends on Monday 9 April so you have this weekend to decide if you have an account that needs topping up. This mileage sale is offering bonuses of up to 40% but, as this is a targeted promotion, Not all accounts will have been targeted for a bonus that high (bonuses appear to range between 20% and 40%) but, based on anecdotal evidence, the 40% bonus offer is reasonably widespread.
The last Alaska mileage sale may have offered a bonus of up to 40% but it was so highly targeted that a lot of people weren't even offered a bonus at all. Now Alaska Mileage Plan is back with another sale which, if targeted, is aimed at a lot more people. Both the Mileage Plan accounts I control are being offered bonuses of between 20% and 40% depending on how may miles are being purchased (there's a chance some may have been targeted for a bonus of up to 50%).
Alaska Mileage Plan miles are one of the last airline currencies that I genuinely consider buying every time a decent sale comes around and that's down to how much value I know I can get out of them. Alaska miles can be very useful (and a big money saver) if you're thinking of booking Business Class or First Class awards on airlines like Cathay Pacific, Korean Air and even LAN and, importantly, you don't have to be US-based to make the most of these miles (I discus this more in the post linked here)
Alaska miles can be used to great effect if you're looking to book premium cabin awards on the likes of Cathay Pacific, Korean Air and even LAN and that's why it's one of the few currencies that I still find myself tempted to purchase every time there's a reasonably good bonus on offer. Right now Alaska Mileage Plan has a targeted offer running in which members can earn a bonus of up to 40% when buying miles through 7 February 2017.
Alaska Airlines has launched its latest points promotion in which it's offering Mileage Plan members bonuses of up to 40% on purchases of over 30,000 miles. Alaska Mileage plan may not be the first airline loyalty program that most people think of but, with the downward spiral most other loyalty programs are pursuing, this is definitely a program to pay attention to.
Alaska Airlines has been selling miles with a bonus of up to 50% since the end of August and this deal has now nearly run its course. If you were fortunate enough to be targeted for the 50% bonus you have until 11:59pm ET on 5 October 2017 to buy Alaska miles with that bonus.
Shopping portals can be a very good way of boosting your rewards balances while you go about your regular shopping. If you're sensible and disciplined (i.e you don't shop just because you're earning miles) you can keep the miles rolling in without spending any more than you would have done if the miles hadn't been on offer.
If you have an Alaska Mileage Plan account you may have been targeted for a healthy 50% bonus on any miles you purchase before 5 October. Generally I’m pretty negative about buying miles from airlines but, when it comes to Alaska Miles, I’m a little more positive.
Alaska Airlines has long been a haven for flyers who like to credit their American Airlines flights to Alaska's Mileage Plan program for its better (and often easier) redemptions on a variety of airlines. Unfortunately, following an announcement today, that haven will soon disappear as Alaska and American Airlines dissolve most of their partnership.