Alaska Airlines launched early October a Mileage Plan miles sale that comes up to a 40% bonus that ends tomorrow (October 31, 2019).
Alaska Airlines is not part of any global alliance but has ties to many airlines for earning and redeeming miles such as Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Emirates, Finnair, and Aer Lingus.
You can access Alaska’s web page for buying and gifting miles here.
Alaska Airlines has instituted a maximum number of miles that non-elite members can purchase every calendar year (150,000). MVP, MVP Gold, and MVP 75K can continue purchasing miles without any limit.
Here’s the bonus schedule:
Price at 40% bonus:
The cost of an Alaska Airlines mile purchased at the 40% bonus level is 2.11 cents each.
Alaska Airlines miles are useful for partner awards on premium cabins on airlines such as Cathay Pacific and JAL. Just make sure that the award availability exists before you purchase the miles.
Mileage Plan miles are good value when flying over the Pacific to Asia and Australia. They recently opened up the Aer Lingus awards and formed a partnership with Israeli flag carrier El Al (not yet able to redeem).
Alaska sells miles several times throughout the year, and the maximum bonus has always been 50%.
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
Promotional offer to receive up to 40% bonus miles valid until 11:59 PM PST October 31, 2019.
Miles are purchased from Points.com Inc. for a cost of $27.50 per 1,000 miles, plus a 7.5% Federal Excise Tax**, and GST/HST for Canadian residents.
Miles are non-refundable and do not count toward MVP and MVP Gold status.
You may purchase and gift Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles up to a maximum of 60,000 miles per transaction.
Your Mileage Plan account may be credited up to a maximum total of 150,000 miles acquired through Points.com in a calendar year, whether purchased by you or gifted to you. MVP, MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K Mileage Plan member accounts have no annual limit on the number of miles which may be purchased or gifted through Points.com.
Offer is subject to change and all terms and conditions of the Mileage Plan program apply.
**Points.com Inc. is collecting Federal Excise Tax on behalf of Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Alaska Airlines, Inc. has the obligation to collect Federal Excise Tax and remit the tax to the appropriate government agency.