Starlux Airlines Now Bookable with Alaska Miles!

Earlier this year, Alaska Airlines launched a partnership with Starlux Airlines, a Taiwan-based carrier. At the time, the partnership only covered earning Alaska miles on Starlux-operated flights, and not redemptions.

However, it’s now possible to redeem Alaska miles for flights with Starlux Airlines.

Starlux Airlines Now Bookable with Alaska Miles!

In Spring 2023, Alaska Airlines and Starlux Airlines officially launched a partnership. The news came on the same day that Starlux flew its inaugural transpacific flight from Taipei to Los Angeles, and Alaska Airlines became the first-ever major airline partner for Starlux Airlines.

At the outset of the partnership, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members were eligible to earn Alaska miles on all Starlux-operated flights. It was also announced that redemptions for flights with Starlux Airlines would become available in Summer 2023, and that time has now come. 

Currently, Starlux Airlines flies to 16 destinations across Asia, as well as a single route to North America that connects Taipei to Los Angeles.

On the Taipei–Los Angeles route, the limited-time introductory pricing was as follows:

  • 20,000 Alaska miles in economy
  • 40,000 Alaska miles in premium economy
  • 60,000 Alaska miles in business class

However, it appears that the limited-time pricing for business class redemptions only lasted for a few days, as the cost for business class awards has now nearly tripled. As it stands, economy and premium economy redemptions remain the same as at the outset, but business class redemptions no longer have an attractive price:

  • 20,000 Alaska miles in economy
  • 40,000 Alaska miles in premium economy
  • 165,000 Alaska miles in business class

While Starlux Airlines also has a First Class cabin on this route, unfortunately, redemptions with Alaska miles aren’t currently possible.

To put this in context, the cost in economy will be 10,000 miles less than the “starting from” prices on the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan award chart. On the other hand, premium economy pricing is in-line with the chart, and business class pricing is now more than three times the “starting from” price.

The good news is that award availability is ample throughout the next year, including for multiple seats.

If you’d like to continue onward to another part of Asia from Los Angeles, the pricing structure is as follows:

  • 62,500 Alaska miles in economy
  • 140,000 Alaska miles in premium economy
  • 235,000 Alaska miles in business class

For some intra-Asia flights, the pricing structure is as follows:

  • 7,500 Alaska miles in economy
  • 10,000 Alaska miles in premium economy
  • 15,000 Alaska miles in business class

And for other intra-Asia flights, the pricing structure is as follows:

  • 25,000 Alaska miles in economy
  • 32,500 Alaska miles in premium economy
  • 50,000 Alaska miles in business class

How Is Flying with Starlux Airlines?

Starlux Airlines has an excellent reputation for its premium cabins. The airline is also relatively new, as it operated its first flight in early 2020.

Until this partnership was inked, it was very difficult to redeem points for business class flights with Starlux, since the only way to do so was with its own Cosmile program. While there’s currently only a single route to North America, the airline has 15 other Airbus A350-900 aircraft on order, which will likely result in the addition of more long-haul routes.

On the Taipei–Los Angeles route, Starlux operates its flagship Airbus A350 aircraft, complete with four cabins.

The business class and First Class products appear to be very competitive, and come complete with sliding doors for added privacy.

You can now redeem Alaska miles for Starlux Airlines business class!

If business class or First Class are outside of your budget, the pricing for premium economy and economy flights is quite competitive. The economy cabin has a 3-3-3 configuration, which isn’t ideal for anyone travelling as a couple or solo, but could still work in a pinch.

Starlux Airlines economy class

The food and beverage service also appears to be notable, with the signature yakiniku donburi available as one of the options you can order onboard or pre-select in advance of your flight. The food and beverage menus are designed in conjunction with Michelin restaurants, offering passengers an elevated onboard dining experience.

Starlux Airlines is said to have great onboard dining


Through the partnership between Alaska Airlines and Taiwan-based Starlux Airlines, you can now earn and redeem Alaska miles on Starlux flights.

The latest addition to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan‘s list of partners is indeed quite a strong one. While the introductory limited-time pricing appears to have expired, there’s still ample award availability if you’re sitting on a good stock of Alaska miles.

  1. KC

    Business class seats are now 165k each way based on a recent search.

    1. T.J. YQQ

      Thanks for pointing that out. Looks like the limited-time pricing was indeed quite limited. I’ve updated the article to reflect the changes.

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