Mileage Plan Spring 2019 Bonus: Max 50% More Miles

Just a few days ago we’ve shared that Alaska Airlines is running various double miles promotions. This time the airline has announced a miles purchase promotion which, though may not give double, grants up to 50% more until May 19th (PST).

The Mileage Plan Bonus

In the last promotion, the bonus offer varied per account so you had to login to see how much you would have been given. It looks like this time the promotion is more standard across members, which is offering:

  • +20% for 10,000 – 19,000 miles purchased
  • +35% for 20,000 – 39,000 miles purchased
  • +50% for 40,000 – 60,000 miles purchased

Mileage Plan Promotion Offer

You have to buy at least 40,000 miles to get the maximum bonus, up to a purchase of 60,000. Historically, 50% has been the highest bonus Mileage Plan has ever given which translates to 1.97 cents per mile.

So how could you use these Mileage Plan miles? Their awards charts would allow you — subject to seat availability — to 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

The intra-Asia leg of Alaska Airlines partners, however, rarely have any routes with First Class so you’d usually be flying Business on those segments.

Remember that you can only be credited up to a total of 150,000 miles in a given calendar year through transfers or purchases, including bonuses. Mileage Plan elites, however, do not have such restrictions.


Final Word

It seems Alaska Airlines is being quite generous with all the promotions going on. Even if you’re not flying, they’re giving us this bonus, likely in anticipation of summer travel plans in the northern hemisphere.

If you’ve managed to use up all the miles last year, now’s another great opportunity to build up those points for travel later on… but as with any good thing, purchase moderately.