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Alaska Airlines award redemptions

Alaska Airlines is rolling out new global award redemptions

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles have long offered outsized value for their members who work hard to earn and save their miles. That’s why we’re making it even easier and more rewarding to go global with our Mileage Plan program, with upfront information that’s clearer and more user-friendly. The airline is also expanding award availability so its members can find more award space when they want to travel. Alaska Airlines award redemptions

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We now have a more straightforward set of award charts for all our oneworld and partner airlines that will be effective in March 2024. The new charts are divided into three regions: the Americas; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; and Asia-Pacific. They provide clearly defined ‘ starting from’ redemption rates that vary depending on the distance being flown*.

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With the new distance-based structure, 60% of partner nonstop routes in economy class and 64% of routes in business class will start at a lower price point. The streamlined information gives a better idea of how many miles are needed to fly to and within regions of the world, with short-haul awards starting as low as 4,500 miles each way (down from 7,500). Many shorter-distance flights within continents will start at up to half the current price.

Alaska Airlines is also expanding access to premium economy awards with more partners than ever before, including American Airlines and Japan Airlines, at award levels starting just 30% higher than the economy. Awards start at only 6,000 miles one-way in premium economy (down from 12,500), and business class is available at 9,000 miles each way (down from 20,000).

All airline partner redemption pricing will be one-way, so our guests can mix and match which airlines they’re flying, say British Airways on an outbound flight from Seattle to London and then Finnair from Helsinki to Seattle for the return.

“Mileage Plan has long been known for offering great value on global redemptions with access to some of the most aspirational premium products and destinations,” said Brett Catlin, vice president of loyalty, alliances, and sales at Alaska Airlines. “We’re excited to provide a more straightforward award proposition while doubling down on the opportunities our guests will have to find amazing values.”

Alaska has consistently offered some of the best global award redemptions in the industry. The company’s March 2024 enhancements will provide Alaska Airlines guests with more options and even more value:

  • creating additional itineraries when combining Alaska flights with partner flights, providing more availability when connecting to global partner destinations.
  • Alaska will open access to increased award inventory on 10% of partner routes covering more than 370 global destinations. This gives members the flexibility to use additional miles to fly when they want in the cabin they want.
  • The airline is adding new awards between and within regions outside of North America, such as Madrid to LondonParis to Sydney, or Tokyo to Singapore.
  • Alaska Airlines is reducing the miles required to some of our most sought-after global destinations. For example, award pricing to London and Tokyo will be reduced by 15% on average when traveling nonstop from the West Coast.
  • Beginning in 2024, the airline offers regular global partner award sales with quarterly, limited-time promotions featuring special pricing of up to 50% off specific partners, routes, or destinations.
  • Alaska Airlines continues to offer one of the most generous stopover policies on award tickets in the industry. Stopovers allow for a free stop in a partner’s hub on the way to a final destination, squeezing in two trips for the price of one. Many other carriers allow no stopovers at all or only one stopover on roundtrip itineraries.

Alaska Airlines is committed to continuing to develop new ways of adding flexibility for its Mileage Plan members. In the future, members will be able to redeem award tickets with a combination of miles and money, which will give them more control. The airline also offers mileage redemption when combining two partner airlines on a single itinerary for a one-way trip. Plus, the company further enhances the value of Mileage Plan miles by introducing the ability to redeem miles on car rentals.


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