Alaska Airlines is offering a very generous promotion for new members — join mileage plan before April 30th and take your first flight with Alaska before September 30th, 2017 and get 5,000 bonus miles. That is a great bonus for joining as we rarely see loyalty program signup bonuses like this anymore.
A couple of months ago, Alaska was giving 10,000 miles to members of Virgin America Elevate who created a new Mileage Plan account and linked it, so they have previously been quite generous in wooing a larger audience. Still, this is an excellent bonus for anyone who is not yet a member of Mileage Plan. Award flights start at just 5,000 miles for short-haul flights, making this a no-brainer for west coast residents with access to many of those short-haul 5k routes. You will also earn miles for the paid flight required to earn the bonus 5k — Alaska awards 1 mile per mile flown, meaning that a transcontinental flight will already earn ~5,000 miles round trip. With this 5,000 mile bonus, you could earn more than 10,000 miles total for a paid transcon round trip. As a reminder, here are Mileage Plan’s new and improved domestic discount distance-based award ticket prices — check One Mile at a Time for more information on them:
- Tickets covering a distance of under 700 miles cost 5,000 miles
- Tickets covering a distance of 701-1,400 miles cost 7,500 miles
- Tickets covering a distance of 1,401-2,100 miles cost 10,000 miles
Of course, Alaska’s award charts for partner airlines are also excellent. With a range of partner airlines that includes America, British, Air France, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific and many more, there are numerous opportunities to credit paid flights to Alaska and earn 1 mile per mile flown. It has long been a favorite niche program that is only getting better. An extra five thousand miles is icing on the cake for new members.
See more information about this promotion here at Alaska Airlines.
H/T: Mommy Points