(Update: American Airlines Now Eligible For Bonus) Alaska offering 10K miles minimum on partner flights ex-North America

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Update 7/15/20: This offer has been updated since it was announced in February. At the time, flights booked on American Airlines weren’t eligible for earning bonus miles, but they’ve since been added as an eligible airline, as have Ravn Alaska and PenAir.

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Alaska Airlines announced this week that they are offering a minimum of 10,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles earned on round trip partner flights (i.e. a minimum of 5K each way) between North America and non-North America locations from March 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. That could be a great deal for deeply discounted fares.

The Deal

  • Alaska is offering a minimum of 5,000 miles each way (10K round trip) on partner flights between North America and non-North America locations from 3/1/20 to 12/31/20
  • Direct link to this promotion

As a reminder, Alaska’s partner airlines included in this promotion are:

  • Aer Lingus
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Condor
  • El Al
  • Emirates
  • Fiji Airways
  • Finnair
  • Hainan
  • Icelandair
  • Japan Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • LATAM
  • PenAir
  • Qantas
  • Ravn Alaska
  • Singapore

Key Terms

  • Earn a minimum of 5,000 total miles each way on Aer Lingus, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Condor, EL AL Israel Airlines, Emirates, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Hainan Airlines, Icelandair, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, LATAM Airlines, Qantas and Singapore Airlines flights between North America and a non-North America destination between March 1 and December 31, 2020.
  • North America is defined as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
  • Any bonus miles added to reach the 5,000 mile minimum do not count toward elite status qualification. (in other words, this promotion awards bonus redeemable miles, not bonus elite-qualifying miles)
  • Please allow four to six weeks for miles to be credited to your Mileage Plan account.

Quick Thoughts

While Alaska Mileage Plan generously offers 1 mile per mile flown on Alaska’s own flights, there are some discounted fares on partners that may not ordinarily earn 100% of mileage flown. With this promotion, you’ll do even better than 100% of mileage flown on itineraries that are less than 5,000 miles each way.

With Alaska partnering with a number of airlines that fly to Europe and the typically very inexpensive flights we see from some US cities to Europe at this time of year, there should be an opportunity to get a fantastic rebate on cheap economy class trips to Europe. If you value Alaska miles at greater than 1c each (many of us do), your net cost on a round trip to Europe could look pretty attractive.

Keep in mind also that while the marketing headlines note a minimum of 10K miles earned round trip, the fine print indicates that it is really a minimum of 5,000 miles each way. That could sweeten the deal even further if you find a really cheap one-way. Those who could nest reservations might be able to put together a nice chunk of Alaska miles pretty cheaply.

Overall, this is a pretty cool promotion. It doesn’t look like there is any registration required, just be sure to use your Alaska Mileage Plan number on your reservation.

H/T: Cariverga via One Mile at a Time

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