The Cheapest You Can Buy Alaska Miles

Through 11:59 PM PST October 4, 2018, you can buy Alaska Airlines miles with up to a 50% bonus. It is a targeted offer, but it seems pretty common to get targeted for the full 50%.

$363+ Roundtrips to Hawaii from Newark, April through February!

I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts rarely because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Alaska Airline is offering a dirt cheap roundtrip economy fare to Hawaii, starting at $363 from Newark to Maui, Kona, Honolulu, and Lihue. Available travel dates span all the way from April 2018 through February of 2019.

7 Awesome Alaska Awards w/Free Stopovers & How to Book Them

I'm a big fan of Alaska miles, because of the free stopovers on one way awards and great mix of partners from multiple alliances.
Alaska Mileage Plan Basics
Before we get into potential redemptions and stopover destinations, let's go over some basics about the program.

Partners

Alaska has a varied array of oneworld, SkyTeam, and non-allied airline partners:

Here are the award charts for flying Alaska and its partners.

LATAM and Cathay Pacific award space cannot be found on alaskaair.com. Search with British Airways award search engine instead.

New Rule When Applying for Bank of America Credit Cards

After enough data points and confirmation from a reliable source, Doctor of Credit has outlined a new rule to follow when applying for Bank of America credit cards.

Do Singapore Awards Flying Alaska Price per Segment?

A few days ago I wrote about the award chart Singapore Krisflyer just published for flying their newest partner Alaska Airlines.

I noted that within Singapore's list of conditions for the chart is a confusing line prohibiting "transfers"...

...which leads one to believe that awards will price per segment. It’s not totally clear, however, that a transfer and a connection (i.e. layover) are the same thing--most people don't call layovers or connections transfers. There are prices on the award chart that seem just a little too cheap if "transfers" (layovers) were indeed permitted, though.

Singapore Publishes Award Chart to Fly Alaska: Great Price to Hawaii!

Singapore Airlines has published an award chart for flying their newest partner Alaska Airlines, and there are a lot of excitingly low prices. This is especially exciting as Singapore miles are one of the easiest to collect.

Award Space on 20k Flights to Europe and South America, 25k to Asia

Recently I updated "You Can Still Book on the Old American Airlines with Alaska or Etihad Miles" with the amazing news that 16 months after American Airlines devalued its award chart, Etihad and Alaska still let you book American Airlines flights at the old rates.

The best rates on the old American Airlines chart were off peak awards.

You Can Still Book on Old American Airlines Chart with Alaska or Etihad Miles

Still alive 16 months later. How long will it last?

On March 22, 2016, the American Airlines devaluation struck.

https://twitter.com/MileValue/status/712142188826771456

However, you can still book American Airlines flight at the old prices if you use Alaska or Etihad miles.

Who Has the Most First Class Award Space to Honolulu?

Update 5/15/17: I originally left out Virgin America award space from this post because we’d heard reports that First Class Virgin America award space showing up on alaskair.com was phantom. I tested to see if the award space was still phantom, and it's not, so I have updated this post to include info on Virgin America award space to Honolulu. The rest of the airlines' award space hasn't been updated but their patterns remain the same. 

Finding First Class award space to Hawaii is complicated.

Delta & Alaska End Partnership May 1

Delta and Alaska Airlines are completely severing their partnership as of May 1, 2017. If you were planning on redeeming Alaska miles on a Delta flight, or a Delta miles on an Alaska flight, do so by April 30.
What This Means
No more codeshare agreement, no more earning miles nor elite credits, and no more redemptions of miles on each others flights.

Below is the timetable released by Delta of which flights on Alaska, depending on when they were/are booked, will earn SkyMiles.