Alaska Mileage Plan: Up to 50% Off Fiji Airways Awards!

Following on from a similar deal two years ago, Alaska Mileage Plan has announced a unique promotion designed to encourage its members to travel with Fiji Airways, whether it’s on points or cash.

Members can choose to either book award tickets for up to 50% off the usual price, or be rewarded with double miles when they book paid tickets on Fiji Airways and credit them to Alaska.

The award sale is likely to be the more interesting angle here, especially since it creates some spectacular opportunities to travel down under to a recently-reopened Australia, with a stopover in recently-reopened Fiji along the way.

Up to 50% Off Fiji Airways Awards

Through March 31, 2022, when you redeem Alaska miles for travel on Fiji Airways up until November 30, 2022, you’ll pay up to 50% fewer miles than the standard rate.

The 50% savings are unlocked when redeeming economy class awards from North America to Oceania; meanwhile, business class awards will incur savings of around 27% off.

Here’s the side-by-side comparison of the standard and discounted award rates, in full:

As you can see, an economy class one-way journey between North America and Oceania, with a stopover in Fiji, only costs 20,000 Alaska miles under this promotion, and that’s a spectacular deal given the long distances you’re travelling.

If you’re comfortable with a long journey in economy class and are simply pursuing the best deal, then it doesn’t get much better than this!

Putting it into perspective, a single signup bonus on the MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard (regardless of whether you get the World Elite or Platinum Plus version) will get you a one-way flight down to Australia or New Zealand, and it’s not often we can say that about a credit card that’ll cost you only $75–99 in annual fees.

In flight with Fiji Airways

What Trips Can You Book?

To search for flights, you’ll want to click on “All search options” on the search engine that you see on the Alaska homepage. That’ll bring you to the more advanced search engine, where you can use the multi-city option to plan your trip involving a stopover in Fiji.

For Canadians, this promotion will be most ideally suited to those living in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, or Kelowna.

That’s because you can catch an Alaska Airlines-operated flight from these cities to Seattle, and then connect to either Los Angeles or San Francisco for your onward flight to the South Pacific.

Alaska doesn’t let you combine two partners on the same ticket, but you can add as many Alaska-operated flights to a single partner airline (in this case Fiji Airways) as you wish.

(If you live elsewhere in Canada, you’d need to book a separate positioning flight to take advantage of this promotion, either to one of the aforementioned cities or to a gateway airport like Los Angeles or San Francisco to begin your Fiji Airways itinerary directly.)

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, you can redeem Alaska miles for Fiji Airways awards to anywhere they fly in Oceania.

So you could plan a trip, for example, from Edmonton to Sydney via Nadi…

…or from Calgary to Brisbane…

…or even from Victoria to Auckland, taking a chance on New Zealand reopening to tourism by late 2022.

There are quite a few very satisfying possibilities, and I’d say this represents one of the best mileage deals for getting to Australia if one is willing to travel in economy class.

If you’re feeling lucky, you could even take a chance on New Zealand or the other South Pacific island reopening by later this year and lock in some discounted flights now.

What About Business Class Awards?

We’ve been speaking in terms of economy class so far. The regular cost for a one-way business class award from North America to Oceania on Fiji Airways is 55,000 Alaska miles, which is discounted to 40,000 Alaska miles under this promotion.

The problem, however, is that Fiji Airways business class availability is rather hard to come by on the flights from Los Angeles or San Francisco down to Fiji. And if you can’t get business class on the nine-hour flight down, it’s not really worth paying an extra 20,000 miles just to fly business on the three- or four-hour flights from Fiji to Australia.

If you do happen to stumble upon available seats in business class, then of course 40,000 Alaska miles for the one-way journey is an excellent deal as well.

The A350 product out of Los Angeles has newer and nicer lie-flat seats compared to the A330 out of San Francisco, but given the general dearth of business class awards, you’d do well to take the San Francisco flight if you can find it.

Fiji Airways A350 business class

Earn Double Miles on Fiji Airways Flights

The second component to this Alaska–Fiji promotion is less interesting, but still worth highlighting: if you were planning to travel with Fiji Airways sometime before November 30 of this year, and were thinking of buying a ticket outright, then you can also earn double Alaska miles when you credit those Fiji Airways flights to your Alaska account.

Simply click here to register for this promotion, book by March 31, and you’ll receive your double miles within 4–6 weeks of taking the flight.

What Is Fiji Airways Like?

Back in late 2019, I flew with Fiji Airways from Honolulu to Auckland, with a brief layover in Christmas Island, Kiribati, followed by a long layover in Nadi, Fiji. Overall, I’d describe the experience as a surprisingly pleasant one. 

I was seated in economy class during the eight-hour jaunt from Honolulu to Nadi via Christmas Island, and I had no complaints about the flight at all. The economy class seat pitch is about on par with what you’d find on North American airlines – a little on the tight side, but nowhere near the tightness of a low-cost carrier.

Fiji Airways economy class

The fact that it was a daytime flight, with captivating views of the Pacific islands, probably helped as well, since I don’t think I’d be nearly as comfortable on the red-eyes from the West Coast.

While I was seated in economy, Jessy flew in business class on the same flight, and she too came away with very positive impressions, noting the friendliness of the flight attendants in particular.

We then both flew business class on the way to Auckland, and I can definitely attest to the crew’s warmth and attentive service as well.

Fiji Airways business class

Another highlight is the flagship Fiji Airways Premier Lounge at Nadi Airport, which is an outstanding airport lounge featuring delicious food, a traditional Fijian snack cart, barista-made espresso drinks, an open bar, computer workstations with large iMacs, shower rooms, and even a spa.

Fiji Airways Premier Lounge Nadi

And the best part? It’s a member of the Priority Pass network, so even if you were to book Fiji Airways economy class under this deal, you’d still be able to access the lounge when departing Nadi with a Priority Pass membership.

As for Fiji itself, the brief 24-hour period I spent there definitely gave me enough to make me want to return. I spent most of the day at the Marriott Resort Fiji Momi Bay, which is among the Marriott hotels you should consider booking before dynamic pricing kicks in.

Marriott Resort Fiji Momi Bay

Conclusion

If you’ve been considering a trip to newly-reopened Australia sometime in 2022, and wouldn’t mind doing it in economy class, then you won’t find much better of a deal than 20,000 Alaska miles one-way or 40,000 Alaska miles round-trip, with a Fiji stopover in one or both directions. 

If you’re interested in this promotion, I’d recommend booking sooner rather than later if possible. While the award space is quite plentiful at the moment, it could well get snapped up rather quickly, and who knows if Fiji Airways would decide to release more prior to the end of the promotion on March 31.

This also represents a very unique promotion on Alaska’s part, and I’d be curious to see if there are any similar promotions in the future offering discounted redemption rates on any of their other partner airlines. 

19 Comments
  1. Richard

    I searched on March 2 for flights in November to AKL,SYD nothing for all of November out of YVR, LAX and SFO for the whole month.

  2. CP

    … While I was seated in economy, Jessy flew in business class on the same flight …
    For those new to points and miles ( or relationships ) this is what’s known as a high value redemption.

  3. MurrayF

    Plenty of flights from AKL to the USA at 40k points but no business on the fiji to usa.
    leg. There is a little bit with p/e on qantas for the syd/usa leg for 55k.
    Also was looking at tokyo to London. Finnair is showing at 60k in business in june 2022. Is that on special?. My recollection is that it was much higher than this?

  4. Alex Elmerson

    Important caveat is that this sale only applies to the outbound leg from North America, not for the inbound leg back to North America. I would clarify that planning an Aeroplan flight back home is the wiser decision.

    1. Steven

      A cursory search over the valid date range shows 20k in economy and 40k in business from Oceania to continental US/Canada, so it seems like the return leg also gets the promotion!

  5. Jason

    Is there any way to easily (quickly) search for business class availability over a wide date range? Ie: any dates in June with business class rewards available?

  6. Sean

    Has there been a sale like this before? I’m planning a trip to Australia in late 2021, wondering what the chances are that it might show up again next year.

  7. Mary

    If the flights need to be booked by Feb 29, availability would be up to Jan 2021? I have some trips planned for 2020 already, so I could make a booking for 2021. But what is the change/cancellation policy for Alaska Air reward flights? Say if I were to book for Jan 2021 but need to move it to March?

    1. Danny

      I could be wrong but I don’t think you would be able to move it to March 2021. The ticket validity is likely one year, so if you booked Feb 29 2020 you would need to fly by Feb 28 2021 (possibly Mar 1 2021). It’s also possible they reprice the award ticket without the discount if you try to change it.

    2. Peter

      US$125 change/cancellation fee — applies to all changes/cancellation made more than 24 hours after booking. This fee is waived for Alaska MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75k status holders.

  8. Missy

    If there is individual flight availability, would it be possible to stay a couple days in SNA if SNA is one of the airports in a route that is spit out? For example, YVR-NAN-AKL has a couple flight options that route through SNA before hitting LAX/SFO.

    1. Ricky YVR

      Based on a quick whirl on the search engine, it doesn’t seem possible to have a stopover somewhere in North America on a Fiji Airways itinerary.

  9. Sarah Hamilton

    wow impressive deal. just trying to figure it out for the family. Do you thinking it would be possible to use BA points some how ?

    1. Ricky YVR

      Not for the Alaska 50% deal. You could use BA to book Qantas flights to get between your endpoints in Australia or New Zealand, though.

  10. mm

    Book by Feb 29, but travel by when? There’s nothing in the T&C

    1. Ricky YVR

      I would imagine until the end of schedule by the end of the Book By period – so around Jan-Feb 2021.

      1. mm

        Thanks! Does business class availability change on Fiji or is it what-you-see-is-what-you-get? Does last minute availability increase like on BR or vary during the year like on TK?

  11. Drew

    "If you’ve been considering a trip to Australia or New Zealand sometime in 2019, and wouldn’t mind doing it in economy".

    Ricky, we’re on 2020!

    1. Ricky YVR

      If only we could redeem miles for time travel. Thanks for catching this!

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