Buy Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles at a Discount in July 2024

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Buy Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles at a discount to save on Business Class flights.

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Current promotion to buy Alaska miles

Click here to check if you are targeted for a bonus/discount to purchase Alaska miles.

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Things to note about Alaska miles

  • Alaska Mileage Plan members can usually buy miles for 2.75 cents each, before any bonuses or discounts
  • Alaska miles do not expire, as long as there is account activity at least once every 24 months
  • Non-elite members can purchase up to 150,000 miles per year, pre-bonus
  • Each member can purchase up to 100,000 miles pre-bonus, per transaction. If you want to purchase more than that, you will need to make 2 purchases. Note the minimum miles required to unlock bonus miles.
  • Mileage Plan members have the freedom to redeem miles for anyone. If you’ve reached your annual cap, get a family member or friend to redeem their miles for you.
  • MVP members and above can purchase unlimited amount of miles
  • Alaska Airlines does not impose fuel surcharges on award tickets
  • Alaska Airlines allows free change and cancellations on award tickets
  • Alaska Airlines charges a US$12.50 non-refundable fee per award booking
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Previous Alaska miles offers

Here’s a quick look at the recent history of Alaska miles sales:

PeriodPrice
per Mile
(in USD)
Offer TypeMinimum
Miles
(incl. bonus)
Annual
Limit
(incl. bonus)
Jun 20231.97 centsUp to
50% bonus
(targeted)
30,000225,000
Jul to
Aug 2023
1.85 centsUp to
60% bonus
(targeted)
40,000240,000
Sep 20231.85 centsUp to
60% bonus
(targeted)
24,000240,000
Oct 20231.85 centsUp to
60% bonus
(targeted)
40,000240,000
Jan to
Feb 2024
1.85 centsUp to
60% bonus
(targeted)
40,000240,000
Mar 20241.74 centsUp to
70% bonus
(targeted)
51,000255,000

What if you are not targeted for a higher bonus?

In this case, it is probably best to get some close friends or family members to sign up for a mileage plan account and see if they are targeted for a higher bonus/discount.

With their account, they can book award flights for you or gift miles to you.

Is this a good deal to buy Alaska miles?

Historically, the best Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles sales are those labelled “70% bonus”.

I only recommend buying Alaska miles if you plan to redeem them immediately on alaskaair.com, after the purchased miles are credited into your account.

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Best ways to redeem Alaska miles

Unfortunately, Alaska Mileage Plan underwent a brutal award devaluation in March 2024, that killed most of Suitesmile’s sweet spots. Because of the high cost of Alaska miles (even during promotions), only the following short flights on STARLUX are good ways to redeem Alaska miles.

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

Region 1Region 2AirlineEconomy
Class
Business
Class
TaipeiHanoi,
Manila,
Ho Chi Minh,
Seoul,
Tokyo,
Okinawa,
Osaka,
Fukuoka
7.5k15k
ManilaOkinawa7.5k15k
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Things to consider before buying Alaska miles

Although Alaska miles do not expire as long as there is account activity every 24 months, we do not recommend purchasing these miles if you do not plan to use them in the next few months.

Although Alaska miles purchases are usually credited into a member’s account within hours, it can sometimes take up to a week.

Best credit cards for buying Alaska miles

Singapore-based readers may use one of the following cards to receive maximum rewards/savings when buying Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles:

*Miles/Points purchases are processed by points.com, which falls under MCC 7399 (Business Services Not Elsewhere Classified). This is NOT a travel-related spending, and should get you 4 miles per dollar with the Citi Rewards card.

FAQ: Can I get bonus points when using the UOB Lady's, HSBC Revolution or DBS Woman's World cards?
No, you will not receive bonus points when paying with these cards.

Miles/Points purchases are processed by points.com, which falls under MCC 7399 (Business Services Not Elsewhere Classified).

UOB Lady’s: As this is not a Travel spending, cardholders will not receive bonus points if the Travel category (or any other category) is selected.

HSBC Revolution: Cardholders will not receive bonus points for MCC 7399, as it does not fall under the list of whitelisted MCCs.

DBS Woman’s World: There has been numerous feedback from readers who did not receive bonus points on the card for purchases made at points.com, even though it is an online transaction.

Citi Rewards

Earn 4 mpd on online spending, except travel-related

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UOB Visa Signature

Earn 4 mpd on foreign currency and/or contactless spending

+ Card Summary
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11 thoughts on “Buy Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles at a Discount in July 2024”

  1. Any tips on getting premium cabin availability. From what I see, there is *no* availability on SIN-ICN or SIN-US or many other routes (except on JL, which is devalued beyond recognition).

    Reply
    • Cathay Pacific Business Class awards on Alaska to Japan/Korea/US had limited availability a few weeks ago, but unfortunately, it seems to have dried up again. You can set award alerts through websites like seats.aero: https://suitesmile.com/go/seatsaero

      Reply
  2. Thanks Fai for your answer! I have another question,I was reading through about how to become a MVP elite. The first tier needs 20,000 miles.
    1) May I know if I were to book hotel through Alaska Airline website do that count as the miles need?

    2) If I buy air ticket from Singapore airlines but credit the miles as Alaska airline miles, it will also qualify for the mvp elite is that right?

    Reply
    • 1) You can’t earn “elite” miles through hotel bookings. Just redeemable miles.

      2) Yes, you can earn Alaska elite miles from paid partner bookings.

      Reply
  3. Hi, for non member can only purchase 150k pre bonus, but if my friend were to gift me the miles, does it count into the 150k quota?

    Reply
    • Hi Kelly, yes it will count into the limit. You can only buy or receive as a gift a maximum of 150k miles per calendar year.

      Reply
  4. Hi, may i know how to get the targeted higher bonus? isit a randomisation? because when i tried to buy, i only managed to get 40%.

    Reply
    • It looks pretty random. As shared above, it’s a good idea to get your friends or family members to sign up for an Alaska account too, so that they can “gift” you those miles, if they are targeted with a higher bonus.

      Reply

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