Alaska Airlines has one of the best mileage programs for international business and first class. They have excellent partners, including Cathay Pacific, Emirates, and Japan Airlines. Until October 5, 2017, you can buy Alaska miles with up to a 50% bonus.
Buy Alaska Miles – 50% Bonus
Check here to see if you are targeted for this offer. To earn a 50% bonus, you have to purchase 40,000 or more miles.
Otherwise, you will get a smaller bonus:
- 20% bonus on 10,000-19,000 miles
- 35% bonus on 20,000-39,000 miles
- 50% bonus on 40,000-60,000 miles
Should You Buy Miles at a 50% Bonus?
I only recommend buying miles at the highest bonus. With the bonus, the maximum amount of miles per transaction is 90,000. However, there is no limit on how many miles you buy in total – simply purchase multiple sets of miles.
The cost to buy Alaska Miles with a 50% bonus is 1.97 cents. If you’re located in Canada, make sure to use a non-Canadian credit card or one with a US billing address to avoid the 5%+ GST/HST.
If I didn’t already have lots of Alaska Miles, I definitely would take advantage of the bonus. The 50% bonus is the cheapest and fastest way to instantly top up your account. Even if you start with no miles in your acc, buying miles will get you a huge discount on business and first class.
For example, JAL First Class from New York to Tokyo is 70,000 miles. If you buy 70,500 miles (47,000 + 23,500 Bonus), this will cost you $1389.44. Compared to retail prices, this is a very significant savings.
Earn Alaska Miles with Credit Cards
You can also earn miles from the MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard, the SPG Personal American Express, and the SPG Business American Express. The Starwood American Express has an increased offer of 25,000 SPG points, which converts to 30,000 Alaska Miles apiece.
Additional Reading: Increased SPG American Express Bonus!
The MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard offers a 25,000 mile bonus, but earning the bonus miles are more difficult than before. You now can only have one card at a time, and a new application must be 6 months from when you close the account.