Mileage Plan Summer 2019 Discount: 30% Less

Alaska Airlines is no stranger to having various miles purchase promotions. As the summer season begins, they’re introducing a different deal than usual; this will be running until June 30th (PST).

The Mileage Plan Discount

In their last promotion just two months ago, Mileage Plan offered a bonus for outright purchases of miles. This time, the frequent flyer loyalty program is granting a 30% price discount whenever you buy a specified minimum number of miles.

The standard threshold is for purchases of at least 20,000 miles, but others are reported to be getting the discount for buying as little as 10,000. You should login to check out at what you level you can avail the discount.

Mileage Plan Promotion Discount

Historically, Mileage Plan has been known to give bonuses of up to 50%, which translates to 1.97 cents per mile. Purchasing miles at a 30% discount, by comparison, equates to about 2.07 cents per mile. Not bad.

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.

Don’t forget that member accounts can only accumulate 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

Alaska Airlines seems to be taking a different tack with their current deal. Instead of enticing us with bonuses for miles purchases, they are offering an outright discount instead. Thanks to this, you won’t have to spend as much as you would when buying just the right amount of miles you’d need. This scheme is a bit refreshing, to say the least, though not revolutionary by any means.

Still, Mileage Plan miles are quite valuable in that Alaska Airlines has unique carrier partners all over the world. That and you can book flights on those partners at considerably appealing award rates.

If you still haven’t made travel plans for the Northern summer season, now would be a good time to buy miles towards premium cabin seat bookings!