Easy 5k Alaska Miles for New MileagePlan Members


lf you aren’t already a member of Alaska MileagePlan, Alaska Airline’s frequent flyer program, register before April 30, 2017, and take a paid Alaska Airlines or Virgin America flight by September 30, 2017 and you’ll earn a bonus of 5,000 Alaska miles.

How to Get 5k Bonus Miles

If you don’t have an existing MileagePlan account…

  • Register here before April 30, 2017. You must use that link.
  • After you join MileagePlan, complete one qualifying flight by September 30, 2017 on either Alaska Airlines or Virgin America.
    • From the promotion’s terms and conditions: “To qualify, the flight must be eligible to earn Mileage Plan miles and must be credited to the new Mileage Plan account; codeshare flights with other airlines do not qualify.”

Read all the specific details of the promotion here on Alaska’s website.

What You Can Do With 5k Alaska Miles

You can fly Alaska Airlines within the 48 United States, Alaska, or to Canada one way on a trip that’s less than 700 miles for just 5,000 miles + taxes.

For example, the following map shows a 699 mile radius around Seattle…

And this map shows a 699 mile radius around Los Angeles…

As the terms and conditions state, a qualifying flight is one that is eligible to earn miles, and you don’t earn miles when redeeming miles on an award ticket. In other words, you must buy a cash ticket and not redeem miles for the flight to qualify for the 5k bonus.

That means you’ll also earn miles on the paid ticket. As Alaska points out on the promo page, they are the only American carrier left that still awards one redeemable mile per mile flown as opposed to an earning structure based on what you paid for the ticket.

So if you flew Seattle to San Francisco, for example, even on the cheapest Alaska economy ticket you’d earn another 1,348 miles on top of the 5k bonus for the miles flown. Not bad earnings for a ticket that commonly costs $99.

Bottom Line

If you don’t already have a Alaska MileagePlan membership and you were planning on flying somewhere in Alaska Airlines or Virgin America’s network before the end of September, there is no reason not to sign up for MileagePlan now as you’ll get a 5k bonus of Alaska miles after completing the flight. Make sure you enroll before April 30 to qualify for the promotion.

Hat tip Frequent Miler

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  1. I really like it when one blog will credit another blog for the tip on the article such as Sarah did with the hat tip to Frequent Miler. That speaks volumes about credibility of the blogger. I think we are all in this together regardless of who the blogger is and have found most posters to be good.

  2. I just enrolled in Mileage Plan last week and took my first flight with VX on Friday. Is there a way I can avail of this promotion? (I have never flown with Alaska Airlines; my Mileage Plan account only has the one VX flight from Friday.)
    I created my account at 1:15am CDT on March 22. I know the terms and conditions say that account creation must occur between March 23 and April 30, but I know Alaska is known for being more customer-friendly than the major airlines. Do you think they’d credit me the bonus if I asked? (And if so, would a Facebook message be the best way to ask them?)

    • I think it’s definitely worth getting in touch. Tweeting is a good option… big companies tend to respond when they’re being watched 😉 If you still don’t get a response after that, I think the fastest way to get attention is by calling MileagePlan at 1-800-654-5669.

    • Thanks @Sarah! Except I don’t have a Twitter…I could create one, but I don’t know if anyone would be “watching,” since I wouldn’t have any followers. Given that, which do you think is better between Twitter, posting on their Facebook page, and (private) Facebook message? Thanks!

  3. I received an email a few months ago from Virgin America that I should convert my miles to ALaska. I did so and upon reading this post, I tried to contact Alaska via FB since I do have a flight booked on VA coming up in a few months. They would not honor this promo for me..


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