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Alaska Companion Certificate now works on Virgin America flights

One of the best benefits of the Alaska Airlines Visa cards is the annual Companion Certificate, whereby a cardholder can book an itinerary with a companion and pay just $99 + tax for the companion’s ticket. This can be a terrific value when planning complex itineraries and can be a great way to put together a mileage run as both travelers will earn miles and elite credits on the flights. The rules for booking these fares state…

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SPG point owners win again thanks to the Alaska Virgin America merger

Yesterday, Virgin America spilled the conversion ratio beans.  Thanks to the upcoming Alaska merger, as of January 9th 2017, Virgin America customers will be able to convert Elevate points into Mileage Plan miles at a rate of 1 to 1.3.  So, 1,000 Virgin America Elevate points will convert to 1,300 Alaska Airline MileagePlan miles. Boy was I wrong. In April, I had predicted that points would convert 1 to 2 (see: How to play the…

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Convert 80,000 Marriott points into 100,000 Alaska miles (1.3% guaranteed)

convert Marriott points to Alaska miles

In case there was any doubt, let me be clear from the start: 99% of this post is wishful thinking… Given that Chase is currently offering 80,000 point signup bonuses for both their personal and business Marriott cards, and in light of the news that SPG points are now transferable to Virgin America, I thought it would be fun to play “what if…” Step 1: Convert 80,000 Marriott Rewards to 40,000 Starpoints Now that Marriott’s…

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How to play the Alaska / Virgin America deal

Alaska Virgin America

It’s official.  Alaska Airlines is buying Virgin America.  And, the question on my mind, of course, is how can we make the most of this? Virgin America points are arguably worth roughly two times Alaska’s Mileage Plan miles.  How do I get that number?  Look at my Transfer Partner Master List.  There you’ll see that the transferable points programs that transfer to Alaska Mileage Plan (SPG and Diner’s Club) do so 1 to 1, whereas…

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