How to buy and redeem Alaska Airline Miles / points on Qantas Flights and others

Have you flown Alaska Airlines before? To be honest Me neither! Alaska Airlines allows you to purchase Miles and they seem to have regular promotions, with current promotion being 40% bonus points, running until 31st December and then we shall see what the new promotion will be !

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is one of the few that allows you to buy Points especially with bonus points attached, and they are a lot more generous then QANTAS is when it comes to purchasing points! You can buy Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan HERE but having said that your account needs to be older then 10 days for you to be able to purchase points! So i guess if you have not signed up already do so now, it only takes about 1 min, and you can sing up HERE .

You can only buy 84,000 Mileage Plan miles (including the bonus) for $1773.75 USD – 2.11 US cents per mile,  or around $ 2460.26 AUD at current exchange rate (2.9c AUD per mile), remember the 84,000 miles you can buy is only for one transaction, you can do up to 4 transactions on the same credit card per month. You can also purchase multiple chunks of miles with this program, so it’s possible to fly Cathay Pacific or Qantas to Asia, the US or beyond in Business Class for just a few thousand dollars.

The current Alaska Airlines ‘buy miles’ promotion

The offer is tiered depending on how many miles you buy.

  • 10,000-19,000 miles = 20% bonus
  • 20,000-29,000 miles = 30% bonus
  • 30,000-60,000 miles = 40% bonus

You can find the exact award redemption required on these charts HERE where you just need to select where you are travelling from and to and it will show you the exact amount of points required for that trip. I have a few favorite rewards but one has to be flying QANTAS first class to the USA, for only 70,000 points one way equivalent to about $1900 AUD.

Where to use Qantas Frequent Flyer Points
Qantas First Class Seat / Bed

I am not saying you should just buy the points and just spend it on a QANTAS first class ticket, but it is a very comfortable way of flying for 13+ hours in a plane. Finding an available award seat in and out of Australia can be a very daunting and difficult task, you can make use of other websites that will alert you when a seat becomes available, i have written about this earlier, you can find the article HERE. 

I have have another favorite which is flying FIJI airlines from Australia to Hawaii for only 45,000 miles one way business class. Since Hawaii is one of my favorite holiday destinations I will try and redeem this award flight in the near future and go on a holiday with my wife.

Also another way of getting Alaska Miles is through SPG, which is one of my favorite programs, as it’s very flexible and has a huge variety of programs where you can transfer your points to, especially if you area using an American Express credit card, I will write about this in more detail later.

Alaskan Airlines taxes are relatively small compared to what you get charged with Qatar, Qantas or Asia Miles!

Summing Up:

To be honest i generally don’t buy points unless i know the exact dates i need to fly out and knowing there is award seats available, i tend to hold off and usually transfer from my SPG account to the Airline program i wish to use. But i would definitely recommend budgeting around and doing checks with different airlines to see which airline has the best award availability and lowest miles required. Having said that Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is a great lower cost option for securing Business and First Class redemption’s on a range of carriers.