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Now Live: Redeem Alaska Miles on Starlux Airlines

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You can now redeem Alaska miles on the rising Taiwanese airline, Starlux.

As a newer carrier, Starlux isn’t part of any major airline alliance. However, a partnership with Alaska Airlines was launched in April of this year, along with service from Taipei (TPE) to Los Angeles (LAX).

Here’s everything that you need to know.

Fly on Starlux with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

As of July 26, you can now book Starlux flights with Alaska Mileage Plan miles at low introductory rates (through at least August 31, 2023) on nonstop flights between LAX and TPE.

Here are the rates:

  • Economy — from 20,000 one way
  • Premium economy — from 40,000 one way
  • Business class — from 60,000 one way
Starlux Alaska
Image credit: Alaska Airlines

Unfortunately, at the time of publication, many dates have already been snatched up at the 60,000-mile price point for business class from LAX to TPE. However, there is plenty of widespread availability for TPE to LAX at the time of writing.

And while Starlux has a first-class cabin onboard, you cannot redeem Alaska miles for this class of service.

The ability to redeem miles for Starlux flights builds on existing earning benefits for Mileage Plan customers launched in April.

What is Starlux Like in Business Class?

Onboard, Starlux is a step up from many other carriers, with a premium look and feel in the cabin.

For the LAX to TPE route, Starlux operates a four-cabin Airbus A350-900, featuring 4 seats in first class, 26 in business, 36 in premium economy, and 240 in economy. Both first and business are arranged in a reverse herringbone layout, with seats angled away from the aisle.

Starlux A359 Business Class cabin from starboard side
Starlux business class on the A350. Image Credit: Daniel Ross

In business class, every seat has all-aisle access and a suite door, with a “halo” feature at the top of the pod for an elevated sense of seclusion.

The Elements suite, manufactured by Collins Aerospace, is new to the market and features a larger footwell, extra storage, and advanced tech (like USB-C and wireless charging) compared to its predecessor, the “Super Diamond” seat, found on airlines like British Airways and American Airlines.

The soft product particularly shines through, with high-quality catering from Michelin-starred chefs and provided plush pajamas, mattress pad, and slippers.

Hot Tip:

UP’s Daniel Ross experienced Starlux’s business class and found it to be a great option for travel within Asia or between Asia and the U.S.

Final Thoughts

You can now redeem Alaska miles on one of the most hotly anticipated airlines in recent memory. And Los Angeles to Taipei is just the start.

According to Starlux Chief Strategy Officer Simon Liu, nonstop service from San Francisco is on the horizon by year’s end. From there, the plan is to launch one new U.S. route per year, as part of a concerted push into long-haul travel.

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Chris is a freelance writer and editor with a focus on timely travel trends, points and miles, hot new hotels, and all things that go (he’s a proud aviation geek and transit nerd). Formerly full-time at The Points Guy, his work can now be found at AFAR, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, and Lonely Planet, among others

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