Category Archive: Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Jan 12

Alaska Airlines: Free 10,000 Miles Or $100 Credit

Rule #1 of collecting miles is simple: Always sign up for every free program, no matter how little you get for it. And normally, it’s not much. Most programs start you off with 500-1,000 points or miles, or something else worth a nominal amount. A Big Freebie from Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines, on the other …

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Jun 24

JetBlue Will Match Your Virgin America Points Balance

Every once in a while, an airline or hotel decides to do something that makes absolutely no financial sense. Today was JetBlue’s turn. The Points Match Forget a status match. Today, JetBlue announced a points match. Got points with Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flyer program? Good. JetBlue will match them. At least they were smart …

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Apr 11

Upcoming Devaluations

Alaska Air Alaska Air recently made a change to its mileage program that will affect only a few of you but, for those who are impacted, it’s gonna hurt. The airline, whose Mileage Plan program is one of my favorites due to its versatility, but that versatility is now going to come with an increased …

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Apr 04

Just Another Manic Monday

I try not to write too much about industry financials, because those conversations inevitably get deep into the weeds, but the past few days have been too odd to ignore. Starwood After volatile romances with both Marriott and Anbang Insurance of China, Starwood finally ended up with Sarah, Plain and Tall. The courtship began as …

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Mar 29

Buying Miles and Merger Mania

Buying Miles As many of you know, airlines are happy to sell you miles directly. Occasionally, they will run promotions, which I have seen go as high as a 100% bonus (i.e., buy XXX,XXX miles, get XXX,XXX free). I’ve tried to make it clear over the years that I am not a fan of these …

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Jan 16

Reader Question: Transferring Points between Airlines

Reader Question: Can I apply for the British Airways credit card, transfer the points to Alaska and use those points  to fly Emirates? Thanks for the question. The short answer is no, since it is very difficult to transfer points directly between airlines. But there are other options out there. There are a number of …

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Dec 07

An Emirates/JetBlue Bonus and a Reader Question

For those with the big bucks, JetBlue announced a promotion in conjunction with Emirates. Register here and use the promo code on the page and you’ll get a discount on your Emirates flight, based on the class of service that you buy. And because you can earn TrueBlue points on Emirates, you’ll get either double …

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Oct 28

British Airways Takes a Large Increase on Short-Haul Award Flights

    Well, it was good while it lasted. British Airways just announced the death of the best reward ticket for short-haul flights. Until now, BA flights under 650 miles could be had for just 4,500 Avios one way. Now, it may seem irrelevant for those of you not from the UK, except that BA …

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Oct 06

Bad Timing on Lost Bags, French Nudists and United Goodies…

It was a bad week to be an airline executive… A Case of Bad Timing… It’s never good when an airline loses your bags.  But it could be worse, you could be the baggage handler who misplaced the CEO’s luggage. Last week, Alaska Air CEO Brad Tilden admitted that this happened to him on his …

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Sep 27

Alaska-Iceland Air partnership, and the last days of US Airways

Alaska Air and Iceland Air have danced before, but they’re doing the tango now as they formalized a partnership that begins on October 1. The casual flyer might not be paying much attention to this combination, but it could have some great results for you. In the past, I’ve discussed Alaska as one of the …

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