get up to 50% bonus alaska miles

Alaska Airlines Miles are one of the most valuable airline miles out there. Right now you can earn up to 40% bonus Alaska miles when you buy their Mileage Plan Miles. You can log in here to purchase the miles and earn the bonus. The more miles you buy, the larger the bonus — up to 24,000 extra miles. This offer ends April 6, 2017.

The bonus is on a tier system as follows:

Buy 10,000 – 19,000 miles = 20% bonus
Buy 20,000 – 39,000 miles = 30% bonus
Buy 40,000 – 60,000 miles = 40% bonus

This means that when you buy 60,000 miles you will get a total of 84,000. The total cost will be $1,773.75 – That’s an AMAZING price for what you can do with these miles.

earn up to 40% bonus alaska miles

How to maximize your purchased miles?

Before the major devaluation of Emirates redemptions that happened last year, I would’ve said your best use would be redeeming your miles for business or first class trips on Emirates to the Middle East/Africa/Asia. However, now your best use would be first class or business class trips on Cathay Pacific or Business class on Alaska’s relatively new partner Hainan Airlines.

earn up to 40% bonus Alaska miles
Cathay Pacific First Class

84,000 Alaska miles is more than enough miles to get you all the way to Sydney with a stopover in Hong Kong in business class on Cathay Pacific for only 60,000 or First class for 80,000 miles

 

earn up to 40% bonus Alaska miles
Alaska Airlines Award Chart for Cathay Pacific

Here’s a sample pricing of a one-way trip between New York JFK and Sydney through Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific Airlines in first class:

As you can see, you can get to Sydney in one of top first class products in the world for $1,773.75 when you buy Alaska miles. Otherwise this trip would cost you more than $13,000!! Keep in mind, Alaska airlines doesn’t limit how many miles you can buy. You can only buy 60,000 pre-bonus miles in a single transaction, but you can buy unlimited miles over several transactions. This means that, if you double up on this bonus offer and buy 120,000 pre-bonus miles (168,000 total miles) split over two transactions; you can get to Sydney and back in Cathay Pacific first class for “only” $3,547.5. Otherwise, the same trip would cost you close to $23,000 if bought with cash! 🙂

Bottom Line:

This is a great deal from Alaska Airlines. As I explained above, you can get an insanely luxurious trip for ~$3,500 instead of ~$23,000!! That’s a discount of about %85  – I think that’s amazing!! 🙂 However, I don’t generally recommend buying miles unless you have a plan to redeem them in the near future. Alaska runs these promotions a few times a year so you should wait until you have a trip coming up.

If you have any questions please comment below, tweet me @pointspointers or email me at pointspointers@gmail.com

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