Alaska Airlines offers excellent service and a strong link between North America and the Pacific Northwest, which of course includes Alaska.
They have also increased the value of their award redemption options by offering an extra stopover on their own flights, as well as through partnerships with select airlines.
Read on to learn more about how to use your Alaska Airlines frequent flyer program miles for great award travel!
- Redeeming Alaska Airlines Miles Using Mileage Plan
- List of Alaska Airlines Partners
- The 17 Best Ways To Use Your Alaska Mileage Plan Miles
- Fly Cathay Pacific in First Class to Asia
- Fly Cathay Pacific First Class to South Africa
- Fly Cathay Pacific First Class to Australia or New Zealand
- Fly Cathay Pacific First Class to the Middle East or India
- Fly Cathay Pacific First Class Between New York City and Vancouver
- Fly Qantas Business Class to Australia and New Zealand
- Fly Emirates Business Class on the A380 to the Middle East and India
- Fly Japan Airlines First Class to Asia
- Fly Korean Air Business Class to Asia
- Fly Hainan Airlines Business Class to China and Beyond
- Fly Fiji Airways Business Class to Oceania
- Fly Air France Business Class to Tahiti
- Fly American Airlines Business Class to Southern South America
- Fly American Airlines Business Class to Northern South America
- Fly LATAM Business Class to South America
- Fly Icelandair to Iceland
- Fly Virgin America to Hawaii
- Fly American Airlines Economy Class During Off-Peak Months
- Cheap Domestic Flights with a Stopover
- In Conclusion
Table of Contents
- Redeeming Alaska Airlines Miles Using Mileage Plan
- List of Alaska Airlines Partners
- The 17 Best Ways To Use Your Alaska Mileage Plan Miles
- 1. Fly Cathay Pacific in First Class to Asia
- 2. Fly Cathay Pacific First Class to South Africa
- 3. Fly Cathay Pacific First Class to Australia or New Zealand
- 4. Fly Cathay Pacific First Class to the Middle East or India
- 5. Fly Cathay Pacific First Class Between New York City and Vancouver
- 6. Fly Qantas Business Class to Australia and New Zealand
- 7. Fly Emirates Business Class on the A380 to the Middle East and India
- 8. Fly Japan Airlines First Class to Asia
- 9. Fly Korean Air Business Class to Asia
- 10. Fly Hainan Airlines Business Class to China and Beyond
- 11. Fly Fiji Airways Business Class to Oceania
- 12. Fly Air France Business Class to Tahiti
- 13. Fly American Airlines Business Class to Southern South America
- 14. Fly American Airlines Business Class to Northern South America
- 15. Fly LATAM Business Class to South America
- 16. Fly Icelandair to Iceland
- 17. Fly Virgin America to Hawaii
- 18. Fly American Airlines Economy Class During Off-Peak Months
- 19. Cheap Domestic Flights with a Stopover
- In Conclusion
Redeeming Alaska Airlines Miles Using Mileage Plan
Alaska Airlines is not a part of an alliance like Oneworld. As a result, they have been able to pick and choose which airlines they want to partner with. That means you can use your Alaska miles in many great ways!
List of Alaska Airlines Partners
You can use your Alaska Mileage Plan miles to book with all of the following:
|Air France/KLM||Hainan Airlines|
|British Airways||Korean Air|
|Delta Air Lines||Qantas|
Note that you will need to call Alaska Airlines at 800-252-7522 to book award flights on a few of the above partners. For instance, you’ll need to call to book on Cathay Pacific and LAN.
The rest of the partner airlines can typically be booked on Alaskaair.com. You’ll have the chance to redeem Mileage Plan miles by selecting “use miles” when searching for availability.
The 17 Best Ways To Use Your Alaska Mileage Plan Miles
Alaska Mileage Plan miles can be earned by signing up for their co-branded credit cards offered by Bank of America.
|Loyalty Program||Card Name|
|Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Frequent Flyer Program||Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card|
|Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Business Credit Card|
You can also transfer reward points to your Alaska Mileage Plan account from Starwood Preferred Guest at a 1:1.25 rate. Points in this program can be earned using the cards below:
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card|
|Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty Program||Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express|
|Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express|
While points are earned more slowly than other travel rewards credit cards, you can typically earn a good sign-up bonus with these cards and transfer it over to Alaska.
The Mileage Plan program offers excellent deals on one-way tickets, which can be used strategically for booking flights to 2 destinations with the same amount of miles it would take to get to 1.
When searching for reward availability on partner flights, simply search your dates with the “use miles” option checked. After you click to search, you may filter the results by airline using the side bar that appears to the left of the search display.
Here are 17 suggestions that will maximize the value of your Mileage Plan miles on both Alaska Airline flights and partner flights…especially for those of you who fly in business or first class!
1. Fly Cathay Pacific in First Class to Asia
One of the most exciting and best uses of Alaska bonus miles is to fly first class on Cathay Pacific to Asia. For only 70,000 miles, you can experience this amazing first class product and its stellar in-flight service.
If you are connecting in Cathay Pacific’s hub, Hong Kong, you will have the chance to visit 2 first class lounges: The Pier and The Wing. The Pier just might be one of the nicest airport lounges in the world, but both are spectacular. Check them out if you have enough time!
Is business class more your style? You can use just 50,000 Alaska miles to visit Asia on Cathay Pacific. Business class passengers can also visit one of several Cathay Pacific lounges during a layover, including The Bridge, which is an exceptional way to relax before or between flights.
To really get the most out of your Cathay Pacific experience, remember to utilize Alaska’s stopover policy. Stop in Hong Kong on your way to your final destination and enjoy 2 cities during your trip to Asia. Besides, this means you’ll probably get to visit Cathay Pacific’s lounges!
Need help booking? See our step by step guide for booking Cathay Pacific first class.
Hot Tip: You can also fly Cathay Pacific by transferring points to Asia Miles via American Express Membership Rewards. Try using the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express to collect points.
2. Fly Cathay Pacific First Class to South Africa
What if I told you that flying first class on Cathay Pacific to South Africa is the same as flying to Asia? Well, you’re in luck! For only 70,000 Alaska miles you can get all the way to Johannesburg. If you prefer, you can do this trip in business class for just 50,000 miles.
Now, I’ll be honest with you: the Hong Kong to Johannesburg flight doesn’t have a first class, so you will only be able to fly in business.
Still, you can basically use this as a bonus flight! Rather than only visiting Asia, you can stopover in Hong Kong to explore, and follow that up with some fun in South Africa.
3. Fly Cathay Pacific First Class to Australia or New Zealand
Cathay Pacific might not be the first airline that comes to mind when visiting Australia or New Zealand, but maybe it should be!
For 80,000 Alaska miles, you can fly first class from the United States. Not only is this a great deal, but it’s on one of the top airlines in the world. You can also take this trip in business class for 60,000 miles.
As with the options above, you will have the opportunity to utilize a stopover in Hong Kong on your way.
4. Fly Cathay Pacific First Class to the Middle East or India
You’ve probably started to see a pattern here: Alaska’s award chart for Cathay Pacific gives you ample opportunity to see the world in style. You can visit places like Dubai for only 70,000 Alaska miles in first class. Soon you’ll be able to fly to the historic city of Tel Aviv as well.
Don’t forget to build in a stopover to your trip so you can see Hong Kong, and maybe a bit of another country too!
5. Fly Cathay Pacific First Class Between New York City and Vancouver
If you don’t have time for an adventure across the globe, you can still try Cathay Pacific’s amazing first class product. For 35,000 Alaska miles, you can fly between New York City and Vancouver. This nearly 6-hour flight is a great time to enjoy some amazing first class fun.
6. Fly Qantas Business Class to Australia and New Zealand
If you’re visiting either Australia or New Zealand, you might as well see the other country while you’re there too! Using Alaska frequent flyer program bonus miles to fly Qantas will allow you to do just that.
You can stopover in Sydney on your way to Auckland, and a business class flight will only cost 55,000 Alaska miles. Not a bad deal for a typically expensive destination.
If you are able to book 331 days out, you might (I’ll emphasize might) get lucky and find first class space. A first class flight on Qantas will cost only 70,000 Alaska miles, but it is extremely rare to find the necessary award space.
Hot Tip: You can also use Membership Rewards points to fly Qantas by transferring your points directly to Frequent Flyer. Try The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express for points.
7. Fly Emirates Business Class on the A380 to the Middle East and India
If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy a fully stocked bar on a flight, look no further than the Emirates A380. Not only can you experience a comfortable flight to the Middle East or India for 82,500 Alaska miles, but you can spend much of the flight mingling in the bar at the rear of the cabin.
An award flight booked with Alaska loyalty program miles wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t include a stopover, so take some time to explore Dubai before continuing to New Delhi or Mumbai.
Need help booking? See our step by step guide to booking Emirates business class.
8. Fly Japan Airlines First Class to Asia
A recent addition to Alaska Airlines’ set of partner airlines is Japan Airlines. Known for having a great first class product and amazing in-flight service, you won’t want to miss this experience.
For 70,000 Alaska miles, you can enjoy Japan Airlines’ luxury first class on your way to Asia. Wherever your destination, don’t forget to include a stopover in Tokyo along the way!
9. Fly Korean Air Business Class to Asia
Unlike most of Alaska’s partners, booking a one-way ticket on Korean Air costs the same amount of miles as a round-trip ticket. So if you’re considering an award flight on Korean Air, make sure you book a round-trip award!
You can fly to Asia in business class for 125,000 Alaska miles round-trip. Not a bad way to journey across the world! While you’re at it, you might as well enjoy a stopover in Seoul on your way.
10. Fly Hainan Airlines Business Class to China and Beyond
If you’re looking for a solid business class option to China, look no further than Hainan Airlines, the largest privately owned airline in China.
A one-way award flight on Hainan in business class will cost 55,000 Alaska miles. Hainan also has many routes to southeast Asia, so you can easily build a fun trip to that includes China and a second country thanks to Alaska’s stopover rules.
11. Fly Fiji Airways Business Class to Oceania
If you’re going to travel across the world, you may as well do it in style and see as much as you can. Using 55,000 Alaska loyalty program miles to fly business class on Fiji Airways allows you to do just that.
Sure, you could just visit Fiji, but why limit yourself? Make Fiji a stopover on your way to Australia or New Zealand to really get the most out of your miles.
12. Fly Air France Business Class to Tahiti
When you think Air France, you probably think a transatlantic journey to Europe.
Well, check this one out: you can fly non-stop from Los Angeles to Tahiti in Air France business class for 60,000 Alaska miles!
Hot Tip: Air France/KLM Flying Blue is now a partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards! This means you could utilize cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card to transfer miles to Flying Blue in order to utilize them for reward flights.
13. Fly American Airlines Business Class to Southern South America
If you’re looking for an adventure to a place like Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile, you can use 50,000 Alaska frequent flyer program miles to fly business class on American Airlines.
As a region, South America doesn’t have the exciting airline products like the Middle East or Asia, but on American Airlines you can get a nice lie flat seat.
14. Fly American Airlines Business Class to Northern South America
American Airlines also provides a great way to fly to Lima, Peru. If you’ve ever wanted to visit Machu Picchu, you’ll be going through Lima so take note!
For only 30,000 Alaska miles, you can get to Lima in business class. You can also make this trip in economy for 17,500 miles during peak season, or 15,000 miles during off-peak times.
15. Fly LATAM Business Class to South America
If you want to keep it simple, you can fly LATAM business class to anywhere in South America for 45,000 Alaska miles. The Los Angeles to Santiago route is particularly exciting since they fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
If you’re traveling south, be sure to give LATAM a look. See if you can book a stopover in Santiago on your way to one of many other South American cities.
16. Fly Icelandair to Iceland
Without a doubt, Iceland is one of the most popular destinations in the world right now. However, there are not many airlines that provide year-round service to the island.
Fortunately, Alaska partner Icelandair does, so you can use your Alaska miles to visit at your convenience.
For 50,000 Alaska miles, you can fly business class on Icelandair to Iceland. If you’re looking for the cheapest way to visit Iceland, you can use 22,500 Alaska miles during low season. For an extra special vacation, time it right so you can see the Aurora Borealis.
17. Fly Virgin America to Hawaii
The recent merger of Alaska Airlines and Virgin America has opened up a new and exciting option for visiting Hawaii.
For 40,000 Alaska miles, you can fly business class on Virgin America to Hawaii. You can also use just 20,000 miles to fly in economy class.
Hawaii is always a hot ticket, so it’s great to have a new way to get there with Alaska miles!
18. Fly American Airlines Economy Class During Off-Peak Months
If you’re an economy flyer, Alaska miles provide a great opportunity to fly with American Airlines during off-peak months.
An off-peak economy award ticket from the U.S. to Europe only costs 20,000 Alaska miles.
If Asia is more your style, you can fly to South Korea or Japan in economy during off-peak months for only 25,000 miles.
Look no further if you need a cheap award flight across the Atlantic or Pacific. Alaska miles have you covered.
Hot Tip: Another way to fly with American Airlines is by using the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express to transfer directly to the program.
19. Cheap Domestic Flights with a Stopover
Alaska Airlines revamped it’s domestic award chart in December 2016. It is now a distance-based chart that allows stopovers on the way to your destination. They have cleverly named the tiers: Hop, Skim, Jump, and Leap.
A “Hop” is any flight less than 700 miles. These flights will cost between 5,000 and 20,000 Alaska miles each way.
A “Skip” includes trips between 701 and 1,400 miles and will cost between 7,500 and 20,000 miles each way.
If you’re looking to fly a little further across the country, you might fall into the “Jump” tier. Flights between 1,401 and 2,100 miles will cost 10,000 to 20,000 Alaska miles.
Finally, if you’re looking for a transcontinental, you will fall into the “Leap” tier. This include all flights over 2,101 miles and will cost between 12,500 and 20,000 miles.
We hope you enjoyed learning about the best ways to use your Alaska miles. Use Mileage Plan miles on flights to get a free stopover on one-way tickets all around North America, including to Hawaii.
You’ll also maximize the value of your loyalty program miles when you book one of the top first class experiences in the industry on Cathay Pacific, one of Alaska Airlines’ partners.
Other Alaska Airlines partners have excellent international award flight availability too. Fly to South America, Asia, the South Pacific, or Australia to get a great value with your Mileage Plan miles.