Mileage Plan Spring 2018 Promotion: Up to a 40% Bonus

Just as the new year rolled in, Alaska Airlines ran a Mileage Plan bonus promotion giving extra miles. It seems it’s déjà vu so soon as they’re giving members another chance this spring.

This new deal runs until April 9th (PST), and the maximum bonus percentage on offer varies per account. How do you get the extra miles?


The Mileage Plan Bonus

You can only get this offer once your account is at least 10 days old. If you’re still undecided, you should first create an account now and purchase later. Once your account becomes old enough, you should login to your account page to see your personal offer. If you’re also eligible for the maximum, you would see this:

Promotion Purchase

You can buy at least 10,000 to get a 20% bonus, 20,000 for 30%, or 40,000 for the maximum 40% extra miles. This deal comes to a cost of around 2.11 cents per mile which we think is good value.

Keep in mind that you can only buy a maximum 60,000 base miles per transaction, but you can do any number of transactions. So you can buy up to a million miles, if you need or want to.

Where can you go with those miles? Take a good look at their awards chart and you may — subject to seat availability — book tickets like:

  • Asia to Continental USA on Cathay Pacific
    • First: 70,000
    • Business: 50,000
  • Round-trip Southeast Asia to Continental USA on Korean Air
    • Business: 120,000
  • Southeast Asia to Continental USA on Japan Airlines
    • First: 75,000
    • Business: 65,000
  • Within Asia on Cathay Pacific
    • Business: 22,500
  • Within Asia on Japan Airlines
    • Business: 25,000

On the intra-Asia leg of Alaska Airlines partners note that there are rarely any routes with First Class. You’d therefore usually be flying Business on that segment.


Final Word

For a loyalty program of an independent carrier, the Mileage Plan is one of the better miles programs available. They offer these frequent purchase bonus promotions and attractive partner award options.

If you’ve been eyeing a trip on a premium airline cabin for quite some time, now would be a great time to jump on this program. Or you could always beef up your miles warchest with a couple ten thousand new points… but purchase moderately.