Alaska 50% bonus on points purchase is back, buy at 1.97 cents per mile

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A limited time Alaska 50% bonus promotion is underway right now, where members can purchase miles with up to 50% bonus. The current promotion of up to 50% bonus is applicable on minimum purchase of 30,000 miles, on transactions completed by December 23, 2021.


Link to Promotion


Alaska 50% bonus

This promotion is tiered, with  minimum purchase of 30,000 miles required for the 50% bonus. The bonus tiers look like this;

  • Buy 3,000 – 9,000 Miles, get a 30% bonus
  • Buy 10,000 – 29,000 Miles, get a 40% bonus
  • Buy 30,000 – 100,000 Miles, get a 50% bonus

With a 50% bonus, this promotion yields 1.97 cents per mile – a decent value. Note that Alaska MileagePlan has had 60% bonus promotions in the past, which yields 1.84 cents per mile. The current promotion can be maximized by purchasing 100K miles, for a total of 150,000 Alaska miles. MileagePlan Elite accounts have no annual limit on the number of miles which may be purchased or gifted, through these promotions. Non-Elite members can purchase a maximum of 150k annually.

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In its current state, Alaska miles are one of the most valuable airlines currency in the market and come with great airline partners and routing sweet spots (including stopover on on-way awards) – couple of examples;

  • Cathay Pacific from North America to Asia (Cathay Pacific Business Class on 777-300ER review 2018), o/w for 30K/35K/50K/70K across all cabins
  • Fiji Airways (no first class) and Qantas from North America to Australia, o/w for 55k in Business or 70K in First Class
  • American Airlines from North America to Europe, o/w for 22.5K/57.5K across Econ and Business


Additional Terms and Conditions of the promotion

  • Transactions must be completed between 6:00 AM PST November 15, 2021 and 11:59 PM PST December 23, 2021 to be eligible for bonus miles.

  • Miles are purchased from Inc. for a cost of $27.50 per 1,000 miles, plus GST/HST for Canadian residents. QST will be charged to Quebec 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 in increments of 1,000 miles up to 60,000 miles, and in increments of 5,000 miles up to a maximum of 100,000 miles per transaction.

  • MVP, MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K Mileage Plan member (Elite Member) accounts have no annual limit on the number of miles which may be purchased or gifted through If you are not an Elite Member, your account may only be credited up to a maximum total of 150,000 miles acquired through in a calendar year, whether purchased by you or gifted to you. Bonus miles do not count toward the maximum total of 150,000 miles.

  • Offer is subject to change and all terms and conditions of the Mileage Plan Program apply.

  • * 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.


1 comment

Mike November 17, 2021 - 1:18 pm

The tax recovery fee is a deal breaker for me


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