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[Expired] Get Up to a 70% Bonus When You Buy Alaska Miles [Ends March 15]

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Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is a valuable airline loyalty program thanks to its high-value airline partners including the likes of Cathay Pacific and Fiji Airways. The downside? It can be difficult to amass a large number of Alaska miles. Currently, the program’s only transfer partner is Marriott Bonvoy.

Given the number of possible redemptions you can book with Alaska miles, purchasing miles needed for an award flight can save you some serious cash — even more so when you can buy them with up to a 70% bonus!

Here’s a look at everything you need to know.

Up to a 70% Bonus on Alaska Miles

Through March 15, 2024, you may be targeted to buy Alaska miles and receive the following bonus amounts depending on the number of points you purchase:

  • Buy 3,000 to 14,000 miles and get a 40% bonus
  • Buy 15,000 to 29,000 miles and get a 55% bonus
  • Buy 40,000 to 100,000 miles and get a 70% bonus (1.74 cents per point)

Here are the important terms:

  • Transactions must be completed by March 15, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. PDT
  • You can purchase miles from points.com for a cost of $27.50 per 1,000 miles
  • Miles are non-refundable and do not count toward MVP and MVP/Gold status
  • MVP, MVP Gold, MVP Gold 75K, and MVP Gold 100K Mileage Plan elite member accounts have no annual limit on the number of miles purchased or gifted through points.com. If you’re not an elite member, your account may only be credited up to a maximum total of 150,000 miles acquired through points.com in a calendar year. Bonus miles do not count toward the maximum total of 150,000 miles

We value Alaska Mileage Plan miles at 1.8 cents apiece, making the 70% bonus tier just below our baseline. Given that, it could be a good idea to purchase miles at this price if you have a specific redemption in mind, especially if it will offer significantly more value than what you’ll purchase the points for.

Should You Buy Alaska Miles?

It can make sense to purchase Alaska miles if you have a specific redemption in mind that you know will provide more than 1.74 cents per point in value, but you don’t currently have enough points to complete the booking.

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Cathay Pacific business class reverse-herringbone seats. Image Credit: Cathay Pacific

An example could be purchasing a one-way ticket in Cathay Pacific business class between the U.S. and Hong Kong for 85,000 Alaska miles.

To purchase the 85,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles needed, the cost would be around $1,479 during this promotion. This is a sizable sum for sure. But when you consider that the cash cost of this ticket is usually $3,000 to $4,000, paying ~$1,479 to fly in one of the world’s nicest business class cabins is certainly a bargain.

Hot Tip: Learn about the best ways to earn and redeem Alaska Mileage Plan miles in our detailed guides!

Final Thoughts

When it comes to buying Alaska miles, the 70% bonus is a pretty great offer. As always, the decision of whether to buy points is very situational. Therefore, run the numbers yourself and weigh your options before deciding if it makes sense for you to do so.

If you do decide to jump on this promotion, make certain that you do so before March 15.

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Boasting a portfolio of over 20 cards, Jarrod has been an expert in the points and miles space for over 6 years. He earns and redeems over 1 million points per year and his work has been featured in outlets like The New York Times.

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