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Alaska Mileage Plan

Program overview 

Alaska Mileage Plan is the loyalty program of Alaska Airlines. This is one of the few domestic US programs where you still earn miles based on the flown distance. Moreover, on March 31st 2021 Alaska Airlines joined the Oneworld Alliance. This means that you can book almost all Oneworld airlines using your Alaska miles. 



Program website 

Approximate miles value 

1.7 cents per point 

Miles validity 

2 years without activity

Program accrual

Based on distance flown

Limit on amount of miles you can purchase 

150,000 in the calendar year. No limit for Elite member

Waitlist option


Courtesy Hold for award reservation

Not allowed 

Do you need to open an account to check availability?


Stopover option 

1 free stopover on a one way and 2 on a roundtrip

Family account


Upgrade option


Online booking 


Airline partners 

Aer Lingus, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, EL AL, Emirates (ends 7/31/2021), Finnair, Fiji Airways, Hainan Airlines, Iberia, Icelandair, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, LATAMQantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines

Credit card partners

No transfer partners, Only co-branded credit cards

Hotel partners 

IHG Rewards (5:1, 6 weeks transfer), Marriott Bonvoy (3:1, 4 days transfer), Hilton Honors (10:1, up to 30 days transfer), Choice Privileges Rewards (5:1, 2 days transfer), Best Western Rewards (5:1, 4-6 weeks transfer)

Co-Branded credit card in the US 

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature, Alaska Airlines Visa  Business credit card

Point/Miles Conversion Chart


  • Free stopovers on Alaska and partner airlines 
  • Miles plus money option (miles can be earned from these awards) 


  • No credit card transfer partners (Only Alaska co-branded credit card)
  • Partner award fee 

Excellent for  

  • Cathay Pacific flight from the US to Asia for 70,000 miles in First Class and 50,000 miles in Business Class.
  • Qantas flight from the US to Australia for 70,000 miles in First Class and 55,000 miles in Business Class. 
  • Alaska Airlines flights to Hawaii start from 15,000 miles in Economy and 40,000 miles in First Class, one way. 
  • JAL from the US to Asia for 70,000 miles in First Class and 60,000 miles in Business Class.
  • Fiji Airways from Los Angeles for 55,000 miles one way in Business Class. 

Insider Tip 

  • Check Alaska Mileage Plan if you want to book Cathay Pacific and JAL flights. 
  • You may request an upgrade of your Alaska ticket purchased for money for 15,000 miles regardless of distance or for cash (USD $50 - USD $200) within 24 hours of your flight departure. 
  • Emirates First Class awards can no longer be booked through this program (Emirates partnership ends by end July 31 2021).
  • If you are looking to redeem points for Alaska Airlines flights from one of the credit card mega programs, British Airways Avios is a good place to start.

Do you use this program? Share your experience and tips in the comments below. Your thoughts would be very valuable to us!



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