Mileage Plan is the official rewards program for Alaska Airlines. This program is completely free to join, and those who are members will be able to accrue points/miles that can be used to redeem free flights, hotel bookings, car rentals, and cabin upgrades on existing flights. You will be able to sign up for this program on the official Alaska Airlines website. You can earn miles in this program by flying with Alaska Airlines or one other partner airlines, of which there are quite a few. You will find that Alaska Airlines has different global partners, including their regional partners (PenAir and Ravn Alaska), so it is quite easy to earn points through this program. Those who fly with this airline or one of their partners on a regular or even semi-regular basis will definitely want to take the time to look into this program because of everything it has to offer. There are currently thousands of Mileage Plan members, and there are numerous Elite levels that you can work your way up through so you can enjoy even more benefits. In the end, this program is certainly worth exploring before making a final decision.

General Information

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Pros

  • Reinstate miles ❺
  • Booking tool is easy to use
  • Discounted off peak awards
  • One stopover each direction ❹
  • Taxes is shown for each flight
  • Cash and miles option available
  • Good number of partner airlines
  • Most airlines can be booked online
  • Only 3 airlines impose fuel surcharge

Cons

  • One way restriction ❷
  • Mixed partners restriction ❻
  • Partner award booking fee ❶
  • Only one 1 : 1 transfer partner

Fees & Charges

  • Cancellation fee ❸
    $125
  • Change award fee ❸
    $125
  • Phone booking fee
    $15
  • Reinstate miles fee ❺
    $75
  • Partner booking fee ❶
    $12.5

Additional Information

Expiration: Miles expire 24 months since last activity.
For some programs, an activity is any accrual of miles, crediting a flight, transfering or purchasing miles. For others, spending activities such as redeeming or donating points counts as an activity.
❶ The $12.5 fee is applied each way when you book award flight operated by partner airline
❷ Delta Air Lines and Korean Air do not offer a one-way award level. One-way Delta or Korean award bookings are charged the same number of miles as round-trip travel. Delta or Korean flights, when used one-way in combination with Alaska Airlines or another partner airline to create a round-trip itinerary (routing restrictions apply), will be charged half the applicable Delta or Korean round-trip miles. If any part of a round-trip itinerary is flown on Delta or Korean, it becomes ineligible for any refund of the unflown portions.
❸ The fee is applied when you change or cancell awards less than 60 days before travel. Cancel free within 24 hours of ticketing and one free itinerary change within 72 hours of ticketing
❹ One stopover each direction on international trips if all on Alaska Airlines planes or one stopover or open jaw per international ticket on other airlines
❺ Expired miles can be reinstated within one year of expiration with a $75 fee
❻ Partners can be mixed with Alaska Airlines only

Transfer Partners

1,000
Starwood points
1 : 1
+5,000 BONUS
1,000
miles
5 days
1,000
Starwood points
1 : 1
+5,000 BONUS
1,000
miles
5 days
1,000
Marriott points
2.8 : 1
357
miles
42 days
1,000
Marriott points
2.8 : 1
357
miles
42 days
1,000
Choice points
5 : 1
200
miles
42 days
1,000
Choice points
5 : 1
200
miles
42 days
1,000
IHG points
5 : 1
200
miles
42 days
1,000
IHG points
5 : 1
200
miles
42 days
1,000
BW points
5 : 1
200
miles
7 days
1,000
BW points
5 : 1
200
miles
7 days
1,000
La Quinta points
6 : 1
167
miles
56 days
1,000
La Quinta points
6 : 1
167
miles
56 days
1,000
Hilton points
10 : 1
100
miles
4 days
1,000
Hilton points
10 : 1
100
miles
4 days

The ratio is the number of flexible reward points it would take to transfer to Mileage Plan™.

Transfer time is what is reported by the transfer programs, supplemented by our own research. However, actual time to transfer is often highly variable.

Airlines And Fuel Surcharge

This table will show you the partner airlines can be booked online and those which impose fuel surcharge.

Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
Air France Air France
SkyTeam
Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines
No alliance
American Airlines American Airlines
oneworld®
Hainan Airlines Hainan Airlines
No alliance
Icelandair Icelandair
No alliance
Korean Air Korean Air
SkyTeam
LATAM Brasil LATAM Brasil
oneworld®
LATAM Chile LATAM Chile
oneworld®
PenAir PenAir
No alliance
Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
Ravn Alaska Ravn Alaska
No alliance
Virgin America Virgin America
No alliance
British Airways British Airways
oneworld®
Fiji Airways Fiji Airways
No alliance
KLM Royal Dutch KLM Royal Dutch
SkyTeam
Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific
oneworld®
Emirates Emirates
No alliance
Japan Airlines Japan Airlines
oneworld®
Qantas Qantas
oneworld®

Program Review

Alaska Airlines is an American airline based in the Seattle metropolitan area of the state of Washington. The company was founded in 1932 as McGee Airways, offering flights from Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska Airlines has flights to more than one hundred destinations in the contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Mexico. The airline is a major air carrier and, along with its sister airlines Horizon Air and Virgin America, is part of the Alaska Air Group. The airline has been ranked by J.D. Power and Associates as having the highest customer satisfaction of the traditional airlines for nine consecutive years. The airline operates its largest hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, also known as Sea-Tac. It also operated secondary hubs in Los Angeles, Portland, and Anchorage, and focus cites at San Diego and San Jose. Although most of its revenue and traffic comes from locations out of Alaska, the airline does play a major role in air transportation in the state.

 

Mileage Plan Program

The Mileage Plan program is Alaska Airlines’ way of rewarding its frequent flyers. Those who join this program (it is free to join) will be able to accrue points/miles that can be used to get free award flights as well as cabin upgrades, hotel bookings, and even car rentals. This program makes it easy for those who fly with this airline or one of their partners to earn points, so you won’t have to worry about having a difficult time doing so. Anyone who flies with Alaska Airlines will definitely want to learn as much as possible about what this program has to offer before deciding whether or not to join.

 

Earning Mileage Plan Points

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members earn miles and segments towards elite qualification on flights taken with Alaska Airlines and all 12 global partners, excluding two of their regional partners: PenAir (The Spirit of Alaska) and Ravn Alaska. You can earn the basic MVP elite status with as little as 20,000 miles flown per year, and we will cover this in a bit. To earn non-elite qualification miles, which are still 100% good for redemption opportunities, you can take advantage of hundreds of opportunities without ever even setting foot in an airplane. This "never setting foot in an airplane" strategy, of course, precludes you from enjoying Alaska Airlines' great customer service onboard, so it may not be the best idea. These methods include eating out at a local restaurant, ordering flowers, and the guilty pleasure of shopaholics everywhere: shopping. You can earn in the air, on the ground (rent a Hertz car), or even on the high seas (pay for that spiffy looking polo in the cruise ship gift shop with your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card). There are a number of ways to earn bonus miles, such as purchasing an Alaska Airlines Vacations package off their website. You can also take advantage of periodic promotional offers for bonus miles, which you'll find on the mileage deals site. Mileage transfers are not allowed between different airline frequent flyer programs. Although you can earn points by traveling on a partner airline or redeem an award flight on one of these carriers, each individual mileage earning program is kept separate.

 

Redeeming Mileage Points

To redeem your points, you can choose from an entire suite stuffed full of award options - whether you want some help in getting to Naples, Florida, Naples, Italy, or even Naples, Idaho. Miles can be used to redeem awards flights, upgrade a purchased ticket, or even for a magazine subscription through the Magazines for Miles program. Are you a voracious magazine reader? If so, it seems that Alaska may have read your mind. Choose from Time, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and more. Most award tickets for Alaska Airlines or partner flights may be booked online, while some partner airlines may require booking through the phone under certain circumstances. As long as you earn or spend at least one mile every 24 months, you'll be able to keep all the miles you have accumulated for an extended period of time. Of course, even the smallest transaction will most likely come out to more than one mile, since awards flights or qualifying flights of this length are decidedly uncommon. If you do not credit any miles to your account in the first nine months after opening, or if your account is inactive over a 24 month period, Alaska may opt to delete your account and reassign your number, though you can reinstate it for a year by paying a $75 fee.

 

Benefits of Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan Program

You will quickly discover that there are a lot of different benefits associated with Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan rewards program, including that earning points is very easy, at least for those who regularly fly with this airline or their partners. Since Alaska Airlines has so many partner airlines, you shouldn’t experience much difficulty with earning points.  Another great thing about this program is that it allows it is free to join and allows its members to redeem points in so many different ways.

 

Elite Levels

There are three different Elite levels for the Mileage Plan program, including MVP, MVP Gold, and MVP Gold 75k. The MVP program requires 20,000 Alaska Airlines miles to join, the MVP Gold level requires 40,000 miles, and the MVP Gold level requires a total of 75,000 miles.

 

Booking Fees & Charges

There are some fees you might encounter as a Mileage Plan member, so it’s important to know what they are. Changing your flight at least 60 days in advance is free, but you have to pay $125 if you change or cancel your flight before this period.

 

Redeem on Upgrades

In order to receive a first class upgrade, choose from a number of options - either use your miles to upgrade in advance, request a paid upgrade at check-in or the departure gate, or upgrade for free as an MVP. Some fares don't qualify for upgrades, so make sure to do some rigorous research before you purchase a nonrefundable ticket. Paid upgrades may be available within 24 hours of departure until check in on the departure date at the airport. One way to get one of these is through trip mile upgrades. For a trip of 0-1250 miles, the cost is $50. For 1251-2500 miles, $100, for 2501-3750 miles, $150, for more than 3751 miles, $200. These upgrades are only available on Alaska Airlines, and are subject to availability with no stopovers allowed. Qualifying fares are tickets booked in the B, G, H, K, L, M, N, Q, R, S, T, V, W, T, or Z classes of service.