This is the last call for the current Buy Miles campaign Alaska Airlines launched in November that includes a bonus of up to a 50% Bonus and the sale has previously been extended until December 30th.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan has a maximum number of miles that non-elite members can purchase every calendar year (150,000) while MVP, MVP Gold, and MVP 75K elite tiers can continue purchasing miles without any limit.
With programs that have a maximum number of miles to be purchased per calendar year it’s always good to check if it’s worth it to buy some miles before the calendar year ends in case there is a good offer around.
Alaska Airlines is not part of any global alliance but has ties to many airlines for earning and redeeming miles such as Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Emirates, Finnair, and Aer Lingus.
You can access Alaska’s web page for buying and gifting miles here.
Here is the Bonus schedule for this campaign:
The cost of an Alaska Airlines mile purchased at the 50% bonus level is 1.97 cents each. That’s not necessarily cheap depending on what you’re looking to book and before buying I’d suggest to check revenue fares against the price when buying and booking with miles.
Also keep in mind that not all of Alaska’s partners can be booked on any route they fly. For example it’s impossible to book Japan Airlines to Europe.
Alaska Airlines miles are useful for partner awards on premium cabins on airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and JAL. Just make sure that the award availability exists before you purchase the miles and keep routing restrictions in mind.
Alaska sells miles several times throughout the year, and the maximum bonus has always been 50% so this price will almost certainly come back sometime.
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.