Sweet Spots: Best ways to redeem Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles in 2024

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Because of accumulation limitations, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is known as an “exotic” frequent flyer program (FFP) for travellers in Asia but it should be strongly considered, for a more rewarding travel-hacking experience.

In this article, I will be sharing the best ways to accumulate and redeem Alaska miles.

Alaska’s partner airlines

Alaska Airlines is part of oneworld alliance and as a bonus, it is also partners with other great airlines that are not part of oneworld alliance!

oneworld Alliance
partners
Other partners
American
Airlines
Malaysia
Airlines
Aer LingusLATAM
Airlines
British
Airways
QantasAir Tahiti NuiRavn Alaska
Cathay
Pacific
Qatar
Airways
CondorSingapore
Airlines
Fiji
Airways
Royal Air
Maroc
EL AL Israel
Airlines
STARLUX
FinnairRoyal
Jordanian
Hainan
Airlines
 
IberiaSriLankan
Airlines
Icelandair 
Japan
Airlines
 Korean Air 

As shown above, Alaska has an impressive list of partners with some of the best airlines in the world.

Notable airlines that are not partners with Alaska Airlines are: All Nippon Airways, Emirates, Etihad and Turkish Airlines.

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How to accumulate Alaska miles?

The biggest pain in accumulating Alaska miles is that it is not a transfer partner of credit cards from Asian countries.

However, there are other ways to earn them.

1) Flight credit

Crediting your flights to Alaska Mileage Plan is the most natural way to accumulate Alaska miles. Yes, you can credit your Singapore Airlines flights (that are paid in cash) to Alaska too!

Almost always, especially in premium cabins, I credit partner flights to Alaska’s FFP for the following reasons:

  1. Earn more miles when crediting to Alaska, when flying with partner airlines
  2. No fuel-surcharges on all award bookings
  3. Requires fewer miles for award redemptions on key routes
  4. Low-maintenance FFP with easily-extendable miles validity

2) Buy miles

The great thing about this FFP is that if you are short on miles, you can buy them directly from the airline during regular offers throughout the year.

3) Mileage Plan shopping portal

Mileage Plan shopping portal is similar to Asia Miles iShop. You will receive Alaska miles for purchases made after clicking through this portal. The shopping portal also runs attractive offers every week.

This is a really easy way to keep your account active and extend your miles validity!

4) Convert Marriott points to Alaska miles

Marriott Bonvoy members can convert their Marriott points to Alaska miles at a ratio of 3:1. Convert in blocks of 60,000 Marriott points to receive 5,000 bonus miles; for a total of 25,000 Alaska miles.

5) Book hotels through Rocketmiles or Kaligo

Kaligo and Rocketmiles reward you with miles when booking hotels through their websites.

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Mileage Plan Award charts

Alaska Airlines has region-based award charts for each of its partners. The good thing about this is that devaluations tend to be isolated to each partner, instead of across the board.

Mileage Plan Sweet Spots

In the name of high value redemptions, these are the best routes that Asia-based travellers should consider redeeming Alaska miles for.

All bookings must be made on alaskaair.com or via the reservations hotline.

1) Within Asia

Miles required for one-way travel between Asian cities:

Region 1Region 2AirlineEconomy
Class
Business
Class
AsiaAsia12.5k22.5k
TaipeiHanoi,
Manila,
Ho Chi Minh,
Seoul,
Tokyo,
Okinawa,
Osaka,
Fukuoka
7.5k15k
ManilaOkinawa7.5k15k

From just 22.5k miles, you can fly between major cities like Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi and Jakarta.

Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class seat
Fly from Singapore to Delhi (via Hong Kong) in Business Class for 22.5k miles

Joyride example: If you are going from Singapore to Jakarta, you can fly in Business Class from Singapore to Hong Kong and onward to Jakarta for just 22.5k miles. Sure, it doesn’t make much sense if you need to be in Jakarta as quickly as possible. But if you are in the mood to check out the great lounges in Hong Kong, this can be a fun redemption! Just note that the booking engine will not allow you to spend more than 1 day in Hong Kong, if that’s not your final destination.

Fly from Singapore to Jakarta (via Hong Kong) in Business Class for 22.5k miles

2) Between Asia and North America

Miles required for one-way travel between Asia and North American cities:

Region 1Region 2AirlineEconomy
Class
Business
Class
First
Class
AsiaNorth
America
30k50k70k
TaipeiLos Angeles20k60k
AsiaLos Angeles42.5k85k

From just 30k miles, you can fly between Asia and North American cities like New York, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Vancouver.

Fly in Business Class from 50k miles and First Class from 70k miles!

Redeem Alaska miles for flights between Asia and North America

3) Between Asia and Europe

Miles required for one-way travel between Asia and European cities:

Region 1Region 2AirlineEconomy
Class
Business
Class
AsiaEurope32.5k60k

From just 32.5k miles, you can fly between Asia and European cities like London, Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona.

Fly in Business Class for just 60k miles!

Related: Review: Finnair A350 NEW Business Class Helsinki to Singapore

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Finnair’s A350 NEW Business Class (read my review)
Redeem Alaska miles for Finnair flights between Asia and Europe

4) Between Southeast Asia and South Pacific

Miles required for one-way travel between Southeast Asia and South Pacific cities:

Region 1Region 2AirlineEconomy
Class
Business
Class
AsiaSouth
Pacific
30k65k

From just 30k miles, you can fly between Southeast Asian cities and South Pacific cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.

Fly in Business Class (with better availability) for 65k miles!

Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class (read my review)
Redeem Alaska miles for Singapore Airlines flights between Southeast Asia and South Pacific cities

5) Between Hong Kong and New Zealand

Miles required for one-way travel between Hong Kong and New Zealand:

Region 1Region 2AirlineEconomy
Class
Business
Class
Hong
Kong
New
Zealand
22.5k30k

If you are able to position in Hong Kong, an Economy Class flight to New Zealand requires just 22.5k miles and a Business Class flight just 30k miles!

Redeem Alaska miles for Cathay Pacific flights between Hong Kong and New Zealand

6) Between South Pacific and North America

Miles required for one-way travel between South Pacific and North American cities:

Region 1Region 2AirlineEconomy
Class
Business
Class
South
Pacific
North
America
40k55k

From just 40k miles, you can fly between South Pacific and North American cities like New York, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Vancouver.

Fly in Business Class for 55k miles!

Fiji Airways Airbus A350 Business Class (Photo: Fiji Airways)
Redeem Alaska miles for Fiji Airways flights between South Pacific and North America (via Nadi)

7) Between New Zealand and North America (via Hong Kong)

Miles required for one-way travel between New Zealand and North American cities:

Region 1Region 2AirlineEconomy
Class
Business
Class
New
Zealand
North
America
40k60k

From just 40k miles, you can fly between South Pacific and North American cities (via Hong Kong).

Fly in Business Class for 60k miles!

Redeem Alaska miles for Cathay Airways flights between New Zealand and North America

8) Between South Africa and North America (via Hong Kong)

Miles required for one-way travel between South Africa and North American cities:

Region 1Region 2AirlineBusiness
Class
First
Class
South
Africa
North
America
62.5k70k

From just 62.5k miles, you can fly the long way between South Africa and North American cities (via Hong Kong).

Fly in First Class for the segment between Hong Kong and North America for just 70k miles in total with a “mixed-cabin” booking!

Redeem Alaska miles for Cathay Pacific flights from South Africa to North America

Summary

Here’s a quick look at the sweet spots that I’ve shared above:

Region 1Region 2AirlineClassMiles
AsiaAsiaEconomy12.5k
Business22.5k
North
America
Economy30k
Business50k
First70k
Economy42.5k
Business85k
EuropeEconomy32.5k
Business60k
South
Pacific
Economy30k
Business65k
TaipeiHanoi,
Manila,
Ho Chi Minh,
Seoul,
Tokyo,
Okinawa,
Osaka,
Fukuoka
Economy7.5k
Business15k
Los AngelesEconomy20k
Business60k
Hong
Kong
New
Zealand
Business30k
South
Pacific
North
America
Business55k
New
Zealand
North
America
Business60k
South
Africa
North
America
Business62.5k
First70k

20 thoughts on “Sweet Spots: Best ways to redeem Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles in 2024”

  1. Which alliance/airline loyalty program would you recommend redeeming miles for, to be able to take SG-US and SG-Europe flights in such style?

    Am finding it increasingly difficult to redeem miles on SQ given the sparse availability.

    Reply
    • Award seats are lacking on some other frequent flyer programs too. The best strategy in the long run, to me, is to continue accumulating flexible miles/points (with Citi cards) and extended miles/points expiry term (also with Citi cards).

      Reply
  2. Hi, could you advise how to access Finnair biz class flights from SIN to Europe? My search result for SIN to Frankfurt yields mainly SIA direct flights only.

    Reply
  3. Hi Fai, can you advise how to book a multi class cabin
    im looking at the J+F from SIN-Tokyo on CX metal as you have in your chart in this article.
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Hey,

      I shared about how you can search and book Cathay flights with Alaska miles in the article linked below. However, it is really difficult to find availability and to fly through Hong Kong in the near future because of their strict COVID restrictions.

      https://suitesmile.com/blog/2019/12/29/complete-guide-how-to-search-and-book-partner-award-flights-with-alaska-airlines-mileage-plan/#Step_2b_Search_and_book_award_flights_on_Cathay_Pacific_and_LATAM

      Reply
  4. can I add TLV-HKG for 30,000 (not sure if you can continue on to SIN/CGK/MNL etc for same price). That pretty much gets you to Europe with a great stopover including going to Jordan. I can then a get a cheap flight to anywhere in Europe, British airways are good, inc first class for about $NZ1700 to london if you are feeling rich (or book with miles on Cathy). Even better is TLV-JFK either business or first for 62500/70000. For me based in New Zealand this is brilliant as I can fly TLV to HKG stopover then pay 30,000 Alaska miles back to NZ and keep the HKG-JFK in bus/first in my back pocket for a later trip. I am a big fan of using 40,000 American Airlines miles to fly business to anywhere in Asia. I can then fly cheap to HKG and fly to USA on the Cathy ticket.

    Reply
    • Hi Murray, TLV-HKG is indeed great value! Unfortunately, we’ll need an additional 25k to get from SIN-HKG. This makes SQ better for this route. SIN-IST in J is only 49k.

      TLV-HKG-JFK is fantastic value at 62.5k! Similar to JNB-HKG-JFK.

      Reply
  5. You can position yourself in Hong Kong to fly to Europe for 42,500 miles in Cathay’s Business but there is now a better FFP for that route without any positioning hassle. Which one is which?

    Reply
      • You wrote it in the article. That there is a better redemption than this without the need to reposition from Singapore to Hong Kong first., before flying to Europe.

        Reply
        • I have actually linked to another article in that same sentence. I was referring to Asia Miles which allows flying from Singapore to Europe on Cathay Pacific for 65,000 miles.

          Reply

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