Alaska Airlines is making some changes to Mileage Plan redemptions.
According to an announcement published today on the award chart page of the airline’s website, before the end of 2022, Mileage Plan members will be able to redeem miles with an additional 2 airlines through Alaska’s website.
Also on the horizon are changes to the airline’s partner award chart which likely won’t bode well for Mileage Plan members.
Let’s take a closer look at what these changes mean for you.
Cathay Pacific, LATAM Awards To Be Redeemable Through Alaska’s Website
Alaska’s update started with some positive news: beginning in October 2022, Cathay Pacific award flights will be redeemable on alaskaair.com. LATAM award flights should be bookable on Alaska’s website before the end of 2022.
This isn’t huge news as awards for both Cathay and LATAM were already redeemable using Mileage Plan by calling Alaska. This update essentially makes it easier for members wishing to redeem their miles for flights on these 2 airlines.
Reward Chart Updates
Now for the worrying part of the update.
Starting in late December, the airline will be bringing about changes to its partner award chart.
“We’ll have a simplified award chart to show you where award levels start based on regions you’re traveling from and to,” states the update.
Dynamic pricing will also be introduced on all partner airline rewards, such as is already the case for redemptions with Alaska.
This means that rather than having set amounts for rewards, beginning in late December, certain factors such as route, distance, and demand will have an impact on the total amount of miles needed to make a redemption.
The airline promises that Mileage Plan members will “continue to be able to enjoy great value” for their miles. However, as we’ve seen several times before, dynamic pricing has a reputation of increasing the number of miles needed for a redemption on average.
Bottom Line: While we can only speculate at this point, we’re hopeful that the changes won’t have too much of a negative affect on the many great value ways there are to redeem Alaska Airlines miles with partner airlines such as Cathay Pacific.
Alaska Airlines is bringing about both positive and negative changes for its Mileage Plan members before the end of 2022.
While it will become easier to redeem awards on Cathay Pacific and LATAM, as you will now be able to do so online instead of calling Alaska, the partner award chart will become dynamic which could hike up the number of miles needed for awards with partner airlines.
We’ll be sure to update you as soon as the changes come into affect. Until then, it might be time to make those Mileage Plan redemption that you’ve been holding out on.
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