Alaska Airlines is upping its game by making new Mileage Plan enhancements more generous. As a result, Mileage Plan members now can book award travel on Alaska Airlines flights using fewer miles.

Earn More Miles Flying

Alaska Global Partners and elite members are eligible for complimentary upgrades on award travel when they book main cabin tickets. Finally, with the recent combination with Virgin America, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members now can earn miles on Virgin America flights.

“At Alaska Airlines, we remain committed to our miles-based program. While many other airlines are heading in a different direction and simply looking at how much people spend, we’re focused on rewarding people across the board for how much they fly” – said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines’ executive vice president.

Mileage Plan Enhancements

More Value

Mileage Plan members can book award travel within the continental United States and Canada starting at 5,000 miles each way plus taxes and fees for trips less than 700 miles. This is 30 percent fewer miles than what Mileage Plan members used to spend on the same award.

For example, this includes trips between Seattle and San Francisco, San Francisco and Palm Springs, San Jose, and Orange County and Seattle to Portland. Starting award prices for longer trips also have been reduced. 

More Miles

Earning miles on Alaska Global Partners is now easier. Mileage Plan members can earn up to 80 percent more miles when flying Business or First Class with select global partners including

Members also can now earn on more global partner Economy Fare classes than ever before with Icelandair, Fiji Airways, Hainan Airlines, Japan Airlines, and LATAM Airlines.

These improvements are effective immediately. Additionally, Mileage Plan members now can earn miles when flying on Virgin America.

More Upgrades

Mileage Plan elite members now are eligible for complimentary upgrades on award travel on Alaska-operated flights. This includes immediate, at-booking upgrades when available for refundable main cabin awards. In addition, all other award fares are eligible for an upgrade within the normal upgrade window for the member’s status level.

Alaska Airlines and Virgin America

The upgrades come after Alaska Airlines celebrated the completion of its combination with Virgin America, making the combined airline the fifth largest in the United States.

Together with regional partners, Alaska Airlines serves 118 cities across North America and Central America and soon Cuba. Alaska Airlines is now the largest airline on the West Coast and offers more daily flights (1,200) to and from the West Coast than any other airline.

Mileage Plan and Delta Partnership

The new Mileage Plan enhancements come as Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines announce the end of their partnership effectively April 30, 2017.

What this means for Mileage Plan members is that if they’ve already booked a flight on Delta Air Lines. These members still will be able to earn Alaska miles. For members who are about to book travel, they would need to book that travel and use it prior to April 30, 2017, to earn Alaska miles.