Buy Alaska Miles with a 60% Bonus


Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is a popular program for its great deals on redemptions and frequent mileage sales.

With their current sale, you can earn up to 60% bonus miles on your purchase. This sale is on for just over a month, ending on 11:59pm PST on February 20, 2023, so be sure to capitalize on the offer before then if you’re interested.

Buy Alaska Miles with a 60% Bonus

Normally, Alaska Airlines sells miles for 2.75 US cents per mile, plus a 7.5% tax recovery fee, for a total of 2.96 US cents per mile. Luckily, Alaska frequently offers discounts on purchasing miles.

Alaska is known for running targeted “mystery bonuses.” It seems the best available offer is for up to 60% bonus on purchased miles, structured like so:

  • 60% bonus when you buy 40,000–100,000 miles
  • 50% bonus when you buy 20,000–39,000 miles
  • 40% bonus when you buy 3,000–19,000 miles

Log in with your Mileage Plan account to see the exact breakdown of your bonus, as not all members are given the best available offer.

With a 60% bonus, you could buy 160,000 Alaska miles for $2,956.25 (USD) including tax, at a cost of 1.85 US cents per mile.

At our current valuation of 1.8 US cents per mile, that price is almost equivalent to our valuation, and could represent an outstanding deal if you have a specific use in mind.

Historically, Alaska tends to offer bonuses in the 35% to 60% range, although we’ve seen rare offers as high as 70%. This offer is in the upper range of the bonuses, so if you have your sights set on an aspirational redemption, be sure to take advantage of it before it ends.

How many miles can you buy?

Unless you have elite status with Alaska, each Mileage Plan member is limited to receiving 150,000 miles per calendar year from mileage purchases, whether buying for yourself or being gifted from someone else.

This limit only applies to base miles, although there’s a limit of 100,000 base miles per transaction. If you split your purchase up into multiple transactions, you could buy up to 240,000 miles including the 60% bonus, assuming you haven’t already bought or been gifted Alaska miles this year.

Which credit card should you use to buy Alaska miles?

Mileage Plan sells miles through As you aren’t buying directly from Alaska Airlines, you won’t earn any bonus points for using an Alaska Airlines credit card.

The purchase won’t code as travel for the category accelerator either. Instead, you could consider any card with a high base earn rate, or one where you’re working towards meeting the minimum spend requirement.

The purchase will be charged in US dollars. To avoid extra costs, you should use a US credit card.

If you use a card with a Canadian billing address, you’ll be charged GST/HST on top of the Tax Recovery Fee, so even if you have a Canadian card with no foreign transaction fees, I’d recommend using it only as a last resort.

Who Should Buy Alaska Miles?

Buying miles can be a good way to top up your account if you’re keen to make a redemption soon.

Booking an Expensive Aspirational Flight

Since Alaska joined Oneworld in March 2021, they’ve been slowly rolling out new partner charts for Qatar Airways, Iberia, Royal Air Maroc, and Air Tahiti Nui, and they’ve also made a commitment that any changes to existing award charts will be announced with at least 90 days’ notice.

With that in mind, Alaska’s award chart continues to offer some spectacular rates on exquisite First Class cabins.

A few examples from Canada or the US include Cathay Pacific First Class for 70,000 miles one-way with a stopover in Hong Kong, or Japan Airlines First Class for 70,000 miles one-way with a stopover in Tokyo.

Compared to the exorbitant cash prices, award tickets can be booked for absolutely wild value. 70,000 Alaska miles at 1.85 US cents per mile is worth $1,295 (USD). Compare this to a cash price $14,121 (USD) for Japan Airlines First Class, and you’re looking at the dictionary definition of outsized rewards!

Viewed another way, this redemption would be worth 20.17 US cents per mile, over 11 times the baseline value of a mile – and that’s before considering the option of adding a stopover for no additional cost.

At these rates, it would make sense to buy miles if you have a specific high-value redemption planned. Buying at around 1.85 cents per mile might sound steep, but not when you’re confident that the value will outstrip the cost many times over.

Even if you’re starting from scratch and need to buy all of the miles required for this ticket, with a 60% promotion the cost of the miles would be $1,295 (USD) including fees – a very modest premium on top of their baseline value, and a no-brainer compared to a revenue fare.

Of course, this only makes sense if you can find award space. Even though they can be booked online on the Alaska search engine, Japan Airlines First Class awards can be tough to snag as they’re notoriously popular.

I’d recommend ensuring that you’ve lined up your seats before pulling the trigger on a points purchase. You should also confirm that the seats are indeed available to be booked, and not just “phantom” award space.

Quick Top-Up for an Upcoming Redemption

If you’ve identified a good opportunity to redeem your Alaska miles at a value you like, but your account is just shy of the amount you need, you may find it palatable to pay above baseline value to make up the difference.

As long as you’re redeeming above the 1.85 US cents per mile cost of buying with this promotion, you’ll come out ahead.

Even if you redeem for less, it may still be worth it. After all, your miles are useless if you don’t have enough to make the bookings you desire. If the bulk of your miles were acquired at a very low cost, you can still get good value on the average cost of your miles, even with a slight premium for the instant gratification of a modest mileage purchase.

Cathay Pacific First Class

Book Before the Award Chart Changes

At the end of 2022, Alaska Airlines introduced a new “streamlined” award chart. While there weren’t any substantial changes to the program, the new chart leaves the door open for a move to dynamic pricing at some point in the future with all prices listed as “starting from” versus being fixed.

Therefore, it may be prudent to use up your miles now. After all, if any changes to the program are negative, then your miles will be worth less in the future than they are today under the current award pricing.

If you’re close to having enough Alaska miles for an aspirational redemption, perhaps on Japan Airlines First Class or Cathay Pacific First Class, buying miles to top up your balance may be a wise decision. Just be sure to look for award space before doing so, and then act quickly to book it once you’ve completed the purchase.

Other Ways to Earn Alaska Miles

Before rushing to buy miles at a promotional rate, I’d first look to other sources at lower costs, if you don’t need the miles immediately to make a booking.

Sadly, the Canadian MBNA Alaska Airlines Mastercards were discontinued as of November 7, 2022, leaving only Marriott Bonvoy and opportunities in the US to acquire Alaska miles cheaply.

US Credit Cards by Bank of America

If you have a social security number or ITIN, you can apply for Bank of America’s co-branded cards.

The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature currently has a welcome bonus of 70,000 miles after spending $3,000 (USD) in the first three months. 

Meanwhile, the Alaska Airlines Visa Business offer is at an astounding 40,000 miles upon spending $2,000 (USD) in the first three months.

Both cards have frequent credits equivalent to a first-year fee rebate and occasional elevated points offers. Otherwise, at an annual fee of $95 or $50, respectively, the cost of acquiring points is 0.14 US cents per mile for the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature or 0.13 US cents per mile for the Alaska Airlines Visa Business.

Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy points can be transferred to Alaska Mileage Plan at a 3:1 ratio, with a 5,000-mile bonus when transferred in chunks of 60,000 Bonvoy points.

At our present valuation of 0.7 US cents per point, 60,000 Bonvoy points are worth $420 (USD). When transferred to Alaska Mileage Plan, this is equivalent to buying 25,000 miles at 1.68 US cents per mile.

This is still lower than the baseline Alaska redemption value of 1.8 US cents per mile, and cheaper than the promotional cost to buy miles outright. Depending on your Bonvoy balance and hotel redemption goals, you’ll have to weigh whether this is a better choice than paying cash for Alaska miles.

Mileage Plan Shopping

You can also turn to the Mileage Plan Shopping portal for bonuses on online purchases at many popular worldwide retailers ranging from technology to sportswear companies. High bonuses can often be found around big shopping days like Black Friday or Boxing Day.

In my experience, miles usually arrive within two weeks, although many stores have restrictions for purchases outside of the US.

Previous Promotions

As you weigh whether this promotion is a good opportunity for you to meet your travel goals, here’s a snapshot of Alaska Mileage Plan’s previous offers on mileage sales, covering all promotions during the past year:


Cents per point (USD)

Start Date

End Date

Up to 60% more purchased miles


January 18, 2023

February 20, 2023

Up to 50% more purchased miles


November 14, 2022

December 23, 2022

Up to 60% more purchased miles


October 10, 2022

November 2, 2022

Up to 60% more purchased miles


September 12, 2022

September 15, 2022

Up to 60% more purchased miles


July 18, 2022

August 21, 2022

Up to 60% more purchased miles


June 13, 2022

June 25, 2022

Up to 60% more purchased miles


April 13, 2022

May 23, 2022

Up to 50% more purchased miles


March 10, 2022

March 16, 2022

Up to 60% more purchased miles


January 26, 2022

February 20, 2022


Alaska Mileage Plan’s 60% bonus promotion on miles purchases is a great opportunity to push your balance over the hump for a dream trip. Make sure to take advantage in the coming days before February 20, 2023 to maximize this offer.

Alaska miles can unlock some of the most coveted flying experiences in the game, so be sure to take advantage of this offer and use up your miles before any possible further changes take place. With Japan and Hong Kong reopen to the world, now is as good of a time as any to book your trip.

This is a recurring article, regularly updated with the latest promotion. Some comments may refer to past promotions that are no longer available.

  1. Sonny

    Once again…thet offered me just 40% bonus. No way

  2. Sonny

    They offered me just 40% off.
    No way Alaska airlines bunch of scammer.

    Thanks for the post

  3. Andrea

    Just bought 40K Alaska Miles to top up my Alaska Miles account, for my upcoming Cathay Pacific to HKG later this year, and upcoming DOH to HKG trip early next year; thanks for the update !!

  4. Andrew

    Hi Ricky, for Alaska Miles, since Alaska Air is now OneWorld, can I use Alaska Miles to redeem either CathayPacific or Qatar ? If so, how easy or how difficult it is, and which months would be more “wide open”..?
    p.s. Couple weeks ago I got the Amex Platinum via your link, received the Platinum card within a week, and had purchased the Aeeroplan points with 100%bonus, that not only help meet the minimum spend requirements to get the 60K bonus, but also help to rack up Aeroplan points for the upcoming Xmas Family Union trip to Asia… If Alaska miles could be redeemable for either Cathay or Qatar, I would add a couple of segments to my trip….

    1. Josh YVR

      Hi Andrew, sorry for the late reply. Qatar routes will be bookable with Alaska miles starting in August most likely. Cathay routes were already bookable, as they were an Alaska partner prior to Alaska joining Oneworld. Hope that helps!

  5. Chris

    Word to the wise if your situation changes like mine as you are accumulating miles – Alaska requires a full ticket for infants on award flights. No lap infant even if under 2 years of age. I had missed where this had changed a few years ago 🙁

    Given the recent posts on travelling with families, I thought it was something I’d add.

  6. Mohammad

    It’s asking for a tax recovery fee of USD 206.25 in addition to the USD 384.31 for GST / HST. Where did this come from?

    1. Josh YVR

      Tax recovery fee is normal and accounted for in our valuations. You can avoid Canadian sales tax by using a card with a US billing address.

  7. julie stark

    Just reading the fine print., its 27.50 per 1000 miles when purchased.. With this added is the value still there? (your better @ math than I lol)

    1. Josh YVR

      That’s the base rate without a promotion. Depending on your targeted offer, you’d pay $27.50 (+tax) for 1400 miles, or $27.50 for 1600 miles. Even the base rate is alright if you target redemptions above 2.75(+tax) cents per point.

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