Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is currently running a discounted points sale and you can buy Mileage Plan Miles with a mystery bonus, with up to a 50% bonus, or more, depending on how you’re targeted. This limited time offer expires tonight on December 23, 2020.
Mystery bonus when you buy Alaska Mileage Plan Miles
This bonus shows up as a mystery bonus on Alaska’s website.
For example, when I logged in, I got the following offer.
- Buy 3,000 – 29,000 miles, get a 40% bonus
- Buy 30,000 – 100,000 miles, get a 50% bonus
- With this offer, if you were to buy 29,000 Miles, you’d get a 40% bonus. Overall, you’d purchase 40,600 miles for $797.50, at 1.96 cpp.
- With the second chunk, if you were to max out and buy 100,000 miles, you’d get a 50% bonus. Overall, you’d purchase 150,000 miles for $2,750, at 1.83 cpp.
Should you buy points?
Now you may ask whether it makes sense to buy miles or points in advance, even when they’re sold at a discount. Here’s how I view that decision.
You should buy miles/points if you:
- Have an upcoming trip and you’re falling short by a few miles to book it
- Want to buy miles for a very specific trip that will give you outsized value. For example, I often purchase miles during promotional periods when I know I can book a business class ticket which will give me a value of over 5 cpp on miles purchased at 1.5-2 cpp
- Are ineligible for a credit card sign-up bonus for that points currency due to restrictions by the card issuer
You should not buy miles/points if you:
- Can easily transfer flexible points like Amex Membership Rewards, Marriott Bonvoy or Chase Ultimate Rewards to top up your balance to book an upcoming trip
- Are simply purchasing miles to increase your balance without any specific use on the horizon
- Can easily rack up enough miles or points via credit card welcome bonuses
The Pundit’s Mantra
If you plan to fly Alaska Airlines or its partners any time soon and are falling short by a few miles, you can buy miles by utilizing this promotion in order to top off your account. I place a great deal of value on my Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles because of its wide range of partners and the ability to fly business class at reasonable redemption rates with many of them.
What’s your favorite use of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles? Tell us in the comments section.
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