Alaska Airlines Now Allowing ONE WAY Redemptions

This is actually big news in the world of airline miles.  Alaska Airlines, which has one of the best mileage plan programs out there, is now allowing you to redeem for one way awards using their miles.  Before, you had to book a round trip and on the same partner. For example, if you wanted to fly to Paris, you would have to fly Alaska to the gateway city, and then Air France and only Air France to get to Paris, and back.  Well, now you can fly Delta, or Alaska, and then Air France, or British Airways, if you like, and come back on Air France, Delta, or American.  This makes it easier to find availability, and definitely makes things easier.  Booking flights to Asia will be easier for sure.  You can fly Korean Air and connect with a Cathay Pacific flight out of ICN, or Cathay to …well….you get the point.  That means Alaska miles are now even more valuable, and the redemption chart is still one of the best out there in terms of miles. A premium class cabin on Cathay Pacific to Asia will cost you 100,000 miles for business class, and 140,000 miles for First class. Premium Coach will cost you a mere 70,000 miles.  You can also use your Alaska miles for one-way segments flying American Airlines, and Delta Airlines too.  There are many possibilities for redemption now.  Thank you Alaska Airlines for doing this!

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Alaska Airlines Offering 40% Bonus Miles on Purchased Miles

Once again, Alaska Airlines is offering a bonus 40% on gifted or purchased miles.  Simply put, for every 1000 miles purchased, you get an additional 400 miles.  Although not as lucrative as US Airways bonus of 100% bonus on purchased miles, still not bad, considering they are Alaska Airlines miles, which are pretty useful.  Alaska Airlines is partners with some of the most awesome carriers (to be covered soon in a post).  Miles can be redeemed on SkyTeam carriers such as Delta and Air France, as well as OneWorld carriers such as Cathay Pacific and American Airlines.  Don’t forget they recently partnered with Emirates.  The offer ends April 26th, 2013, so hurry if you want to top off your Alaska Mileage Plan.  Award tickets at Alaska Airlines for Hawaii usually go for about 40,000 round trip. I personally won’t be purchasing any Alaska miles, simply because if I get their credit card, I can get 25,000 Bonus miles after approval.  Although there is a $75.00 fee for the card, I still come out on top.

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