How To Earn 100k+ Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles [in 90 Days]

Mileage Plan, the award-winning frequent flyer program for Alaska Airlines, lets members earn and redeem miles for travel. Since 2016, the merger of Alaska Airlines and Virgin America has brought several changes to the Mileage Plan program.

Now that the company has begun the process of integrating the brands, you can transfer Virgin America Elevate points to your Mileage Plan account at a ratio of 1:1.3. 

Those who already have a frequent flyer account with both airlines can now link them together. And the great news is, Alaska and Virgin America are rapidly adding new routes!

Here we will discuss strategies for earning 100,000+ Alaska miles in 90 days. Also, be sure to check out our guide to earning Mileage Plan miles for more ideas! After all, you can redeem them for award travel to the more than 900 destinations available to Alaska Mileage Plan members.

Why Would You Want to Earn 100k Miles?

With 100k miles in your account, think about all the places you could travel using Alaska and their more than 15 global partners! Possible redemptions include:

  • Economy, business class, first class seats
  • Foreign and domestic flights
  • Family trips, couple’s vacations, and sightseeing adventures

With 100k miles, you will have more opportunities than ever to follow your dreams!

Alaska Mileage Plan Redemptions
Redeem miles for a flight to Alaska, where you can visit the highest mountain in North America at Denali National Park and Preserve.

1. Join the Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty Program

As a member of the SPG loyalty program, you earn points when you stay at properties in the SPG portfolio. Because SPG is an Alaska Airlines partner, you can transfer those points to your Mileage Plan account at a 1:1 ratio.

You also get 5,000 bonus miles when you transfer 20,000 points at one time — a deal SPG offers for most transfers to airline loyalty programs.

Make it easy to calculate how many miles you’ll get when transferring with our Transfer Partner Calculator!

But there’s another way to earn SPG points to transfer over to your Mileage Plan account. Just use one of the SPG American Express credit cards!

These cards earn 2 points per $1 spent at SPG and Marriott properties and 1 point per $1 on all other purchases. Those points are on top of what you earn as an SPG member!

Plus, the SPG credit cards offer sign-up bonuses to new cardholders, which can really add up.

For example, you may be able to earn 25,000 SPG points for spending $3,000-$5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months with the card, depending on the card you choose and its current offer.

It typically takes 8 weeks for bonus miles to be added to your account after you earn them.

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints®
  • Redeem Starpoints® at over 1,300 participating hotels and resorts in over 100 countries and for flights on more than 150 airlines with SPG flights.
  • Up to 5x Starpoints® on eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Detailed Review
Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints®
  • Up to 5x Starpoints® on eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Detailed Review

Hot Tip: Now Virgin Atlantic Elevate miles transfer to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles at a 1:1.3 ratio — a bonus of 30%. So, if you transfer SPG points to Virgin Elevate miles and then to Alaska Mileage Plan miles, you’ll get more value for your points. 20,000 SPG points = 25,000 Elevate points = 32,500 Mileage Plan miles! It’s a 1:1.625 transfer ratio!

2. Sign up for Partner Credit Cards

Alaska Airlines offers 2 co-branded credit cards: the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Business Credit Card.

Just like we explained above with the SPG example, you can transfer points and miles earned with other credit card partners over to your Mileage Plan account too.

Click on the links in the table below to learn more about other credit cards you can use to earn and transfer points to Alaska Airlines along with their matching loyalty programs.

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express
  • Earn 75,000 Hilton Honors™ Bonus Points
    Earn 12X Hilton Honors bonus points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $75
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Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express
  • Earn 7X Hilton Honors bonus points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Card Review
Chase Hyatt Credit Card
  • 3x points at Hyatt properties and 2x points at restaurants, airfare purchased directly from the airline and car rental agencies
  • Annual Fee: $75
  • Card Review

3. Give the Gift of Flowers

Alaska Mileage Plan 1800Flowers
Alaska Airlines partners with 1-800-Flowers.com and Teleflora so you can earn miles with each purchase!

There’s a reason why flowers are one of the most popular gifts — people love to receive them! Now when you send flowers, you can earn Mileage Plan miles at the same time.

Earn 20 miles per $1 spent at 1-800-Flowers.com when you use code AKA3. Also, Teleflora awards 10 miles per $1 spent on all purchases to Mileage Plan members.

That means a gorgeous $100 bouquet can earn you 1,000-2,000 miles!

4. Become a Mileage Plan Dining Member

If you prefer dining out to cooking your own meals — or you just enjoy going to restaurants every once in a while — you’ll want to join the Mileage Plan Dining program. More than 10,000 U.S. restaurants participate in this free program.

How does it work? Just link a credit card to your account. Then, earn 1-5 miles per $1 on your bill, which includes everything: food, beverages, and even the tax and tip!

To get the most out of each purchase, link a credit card that earns additional miles. It doesn’t have to be an Alaska credit card; pay for your meals with the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express to earn an extra point per $1 spent. Later, transfer those points to your Mileage Plan account.

That means you can earn up to 6x miles for each meal. Spend just $50 a week in the program and that’s 3,600 miles in 3 months!

Plus, you’ll earn 1,000 miles just for signing up and purchasing your first meal.

5. Stock up With Partner Bonus Miles

Visit the Alaska website to find out how to earn extra miles for your purchases from both travel and non-travel partners. These bonus points go beyond what you would usually get with regular spending.

Look for special offers to earn double miles, triple miles, and more with exclusive deals just for Mileage Plan members.

Past offers have included 2,000 bonus miles per Rocketmiles booking, 4x points at Avis, and 25 points per $1 for purchases at 1-800-Flowers.com.

Using Those 100k+ Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles

What will you do with your 100k Mileage Plan miles? To help, we put together a guide with redemption ideas that includes something for everyone. For instance, with so many miles in your account, you could:

Fly to Hawaii: Grab your grass skirt and tropical shirts! A flight to the Aloha State is only 20,000 Mileage Plan miles on Virgin America. Rather sit in business class? That’ll be just 40,000 miles!

Visit Dubai: For 70,000 Mileage Plan miles, you can fly to Dubai on Cathay Pacific. And that’s first class!

See the Aurora Borealis: Fly Icelandair to Iceland and see the incredible Aurora Borealis. An award flight in business class is just 50,000 miles.

Conclusion

Have we given you enough inspiration to start racking up Alaska Mileage Plan miles? If so, then we’ve accomplished our goal! The merger between Alaska and Virgin America — as well as their many partner airlines in the program — make earning and redeeming miles a breeze.

Where will you travel with all your miles?

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Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

FAQ

How does Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan work?
Mileage Plan members earn and redeem miles for travel on Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, and 15 global airline partners. You can read our in-depth review of the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan here.

When do Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles expire?
Your miles will never expire as long as you spend at least 1 mile every 24 months to keep your account active.

Is there an Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan credit card?
Yes, with the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card or Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Business Credit Card you earn Mileage Plan miles for your purchases.

Another option is to earn points or miles with credit cards from partner hotel loyalty programs and transfer them to your Mileage Plan account.

For instance, you can transfer miles from the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American ExpressStarwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN, and co-branded credit cards from Hilton HHonors, Choice Privileges, and Hyatt.

What is the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan cancellation policy? Can you make changes to your flight? 
There is no fee for cancellations and changes made at least 60 days before departure.

If the flight is less than 60 days away, you may be charged a fee as well as additional fare and taxes, depending on the type of ticket.

More detailed information is published on the Alaska Airlines website.

Is there an Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan sign-up bonus?
Periodically, Alaska Airlines offers a sign-up bonus to new Mileage Plan members. If an offer is available it will be listed on the website’s enrollment page.

What is the contact number for the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan?
Contact Mileage Plan customer service by calling 1-800-654-5669.

Can you earn Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for dining out?
Earn up to 5 miles per $1 spent on meals out as part of the Mileage Plan Dining program. It’s free to join and you can earn bonus miles just for enrolling and eating at your first restaurant.

More than 10,000 dining establishments participate in the program.

Where can I find Alaska award charts?
Click on this link to browse the award charts at alaskaair.com. Just enter your departure city and destination to see how many miles you will need.

How much are baggage fees on Alaska Airlines?
While 1 standard carry-on bag and 1 personal item are allowed, your first and second bags are charged $25 on domestic flights. (Your first bag is free when you travel first-class.)

Our guide explains everything you need to know about baggage fees on Alaska and even gives you tips to avoid them!