How to use Mileage Plan airline miles - Alaska Airlines (2024)

Use miles for award travel to over 1,000+ worldwide destinations with oneworld® Alliance and Global Partner airlines.

All Mileage Plan award travel must be booked through Alaska Airlines. Award travel with our partners can be booked online. Start by browsing our award charts to see how many miles you need to redeem for travel.

Book a flight

Book an award trip with Alaska or our partners.

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Book hotels

Choose from over 400,000 properties worldwide.

Whether you're planning a quick weekend escape or a long vacation for the whole family, you can now use miles to book hotel stays with Alaska Airlines Hotels, powered by Rocketmiles. You can pay for your entire stay with miles or use a combination of miles and cash. Plus, Alaska Airlines credit cardholders can redeem using fewer miles.1

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Money & Miles

Up to 50% discount on most fares.

You earn 100% of the miles flown when traveling on this award. Money & Miles awards cannot be used with Saver fares. The maximum discount is $100 (USD) off the base fare for 10,000 miles, or $200 (USD) off the base fare for 20,000 miles. available only at alaskaair.com.

Award Type Chart
Award type
One-way Round-trip
50% discount up to $100 10,000 10,000
50% discount up to $200 20,000 20,000

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First Class upgrade

Only 15,000 miles to upgrade to First Class.2

To shop for fares that qualify for a mileage upgrade, and to view available space and eligibility, please select Mileage upgrade as your Upgrade preference option when shopping for flights.

Once your ticket is purchased, redeem a First Class upgrade award by calling Alaska Airlines reservations at 1-800-252-7522.

Upgrades can also be requested, if available, within 24 hours of your flight departure through online check-in or on the day of departure at an airport check-in kiosk.

Check out what First Class has to offer and how to pay for an upgrade.

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Frequently asked questions

Find answers to some common questions about the different ways you can redeem Mileage Plan miles for award travel.

Booking flights using miles

As an elite member, can I get upgraded on an award flight?

Yes, complimentary upgrades are allowed with award travel.


What Main Cabin award options are available?

Main Cabin Refundable awards offer the most flexibility. These awards are available on every flight, every day, down to the very last Main Cabin seat on the airplane. No change or cancellation fees apply, premium food and beverage choices are available for purchase, and inflight entertainment players are available to rent on select routes.

In addition to the Main Cabin Refundable award, we offer Main Cabin Lowest awards. Seats at our lowest price level are limited and may not be available on every flight.

Shop for an award flight to see the lowest price available for your destination and dates.


What First Class award options are available?

First Class Refundable awards offer a premium experience. These awards are available on every flight, every day, down to the very last First Class seat on the airplane. Plus, no change or cancellation fees apply to these awards.

First Class Lowest awards offer the same level of comfort and amenities as our First Class Refundable awards. Seats at this lower price level are limited and may not be available on every flight. Change and cancellation fees apply to these awards.

All First Class awards include complimentary premium food and beverages, 2 free checked bags, express check-in, security, and boarding lines, Alaska Lounge access, and most importantly, a big comfortable seat for your trip.


How do I book partner award travel?

Award travel with all of our partners can be booked online at alaskaair.com or via our mobile apps.


Do I earn miles on award travel?

Award travel does not earn miles, with the exception of Money & Miles awards, which earn at 100% of flown miles.

Booking hotels using miles

If I need to make changes to or have questions about my hotel reservation booked with miles, who do I contact?

For help with questions or to change a hotel reservation, including changing the dates of your stay or room type, contact an Alaska Airlines Hotels powered by Rocketmiles concierge "This indicates a link to an external site that may not follow the same accessibility or privacy policies as Alaska Airlines. By selecting a partner link you agree to share your data with these sites." or email support@hotels.alaskaair.com.


How many miles does it take to book a hotel?

Hotel pricing varies by hotel, date of your stay, and more. To see how many miles it will take to book a hotel, visit Alaska Airlines Hotels "This indicates a link to an external site that may not follow the same accessibility or privacy policies as Alaska Airlines. By selecting a partner link you agree to share your data with these sites." and search for hotels.


Once I have booked my hotel, how do I find my travel details?

Your travel details will be included in your confirmation email, and can also be found by signing in to your account on Alaska Airlines Hotels "This indicates a link to an external site that may not follow the same accessibility or privacy policies as Alaska Airlines. By selecting a partner link you agree to share your data with these sites." and then selecting Hotel Reservations.


How will the deduction of miles for hotel awards appear on my account?

The mileage deduction will appear on your Mileage Plan account as "Mileage Plan Hotels Redemption".


Are taxes and fees included in the reservation?

Some hotels may have a resort fee that is not included in your price. These fees will be payable directly to the hotel.


Can I cancel my hotel reservation booked with miles?

Cancellation policies vary by hotel, so check the policy of the specific hotel and room type you’re booking before you make your reservation. (Most hotels are non-refundable within 24-72 hours before the start of the stay.)

If you cancel your reservation within the hotel’s allowable cancellation window, all cash and/or miles used to book your stay will be refunded. If you cancel your reservation outside of the hotel’s cancellation window (if there is one), you won’t be eligible for cash or mileage refunds.


What if I have started my hotel stay, and need to check out early?

Once your stay has begun, miles or cash for any unused portion of that stay will not be refunded to your account.


How do I use my cardholder discount when redeeming miles for hotels?

You must sign in to your Alaska Mileage Plan account before shopping for hotels on Alaska Airlines Hotels "This indicates a link to an external site that may not follow the same accessibility or privacy policies as Alaska Airlines. By selecting a partner link you agree to share your data with these sites." in order to see the discounted mileage levels for cardholders. Only the primary cardholder is eligible to receive the discounted rates.


I just got approved for an Alaska credit card. Why don’t I see the discounted prices when shopping for hotels?

It can take up to 2 weeks from the approval of a new credit card account to be eligible to receive the cardholder discount.


How will charges appear on my credit card statement?

Charges will appear on your credit card statement as "RTI*ALASKA", plus the name of the hotel you booked.


Can I earn Mileage Plan miles when I combine miles and cash to pay for a stay?

No, if you redeem miles for any part of a stay, you will not earn miles on the cash portion. If you’d prefer to earn miles instead of redeem, you can earn miles for booking hotels by selecting "Pay cash and earn miles" in the search box on Alaska Airlines Hotels "This indicates a link to an external site that may not follow the same accessibility or privacy policies as Alaska Airlines. By selecting a partner link you agree to share your data with these sites.".

Can I pay for an upgrade?

Upgrade to First Class on Alaska Airlines for as little as $39.00*. First Class paid upgrades may be available within 24 hours of flight departure through online check-in. They may be available on the calendar day of departure at a kiosk, airport ticket counter or at the departure gate.

Upgrade to Premium Class on Alaska Airlines as little as $5.00**. Premium Class paid upgrades are available at any time from booking through online check-in. They may be available on the calendar day of departure at a kiosk, airport ticket counter or at the departure gate.

Paid upgrades are valid on flights operated by Alaska Airlines and by SkyWest operating on behalf of Alaska Airlines. Paid upgrades are subject to availability, do not include stopovers, and exclude industry discounts. Prices are based on one-way trip miles, as shown above, unless otherwise noted. No stopovers allowed. Upgrades are subject to availability as "U" Class may not be available on all flights. The link to upgrade to First Class during online check-in will only appear if upgrades are available for purchase. Fare categories are booked in H, Q, M, N, V, K, L, G, B, O, S, T and Y classes of service. Passengers upgraded after baggage has been accepted are not eligible for a refund of baggage fees paid. The paid upgrade program is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

**Premium Class paid upgrades are available on flights operated by Alaska Airlines and by Horizon and SkyWest operating on behalf of Alaska Airlines. Prices are based on a single, one-way flight.

Other ways to use miles.

Redeem with oneworld members
Earn and redeem miles on all eligible oneworld member airlines.

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Onboard Wi-Fi, sporting events, and more.

1The primary cardholder will be automatically eligible for a discount redemption offer when redeeming miles for hotels via the Alaska Airlines Hotels platform, powered by Rocketmiles. Cardholders will receive discount redemption levels when booking hotel stays with miles (or a combination of cash and miles). New cardholders will be eligible for this benefit within 2 weeks of card approval.
2Mileage upgrades are valid on flights operated by Alaska Airlines and by SkyWest operating on behalf of Alaska Airlines. Mileage upgrades are booked in "U" Class and are subject to availability. Upgrades do not include stopovers, and exclude award travel, Saver fares, and industry discounts. Mileage Upgrades may be used in conjunction with Money & Miles (AS50) Awards. Upgrades are subject to availability as "U" Class may not be available on all flights. Tickets must be booked in Y, B, H, K or M classes of service to use an Upgrade Award. Passengers upgraded after baggage has been accepted are not eligible for a refund of baggage fees paid.

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How to use Mileage Plan airline miles - Alaska Airlines (2024)

FAQs

How do I use my miles towards a flight? ›

You can use miles to buy airfare or, in some cases, exchange them for things like cash back or gift cards. Redeeming airline miles is usually pretty simple. With most airlines, you can redeem your miles for a free flight by logging into your account during the booking process.

How much is 15,000 Alaska miles worth? ›

To determine the exact value of your miles, simply divide the actual fare of a ticket by the number of miles you need to book the same. For instance, if you need 15,000 miles to book a ticket that costs $270, you divide 270 by 15,000. The result is $0.018 or 1.8 cents.

How much is 20,000 Alaska miles worth? ›

When you book Alaska flights, you have the option to use your miles for a discount of up to $100 off when you redeem 10,000 miles or up to $200 when you redeem 20,000 miles. This makes your miles worth 1 cent each, and Alaska miles can be worth much more than that.

How to make best use of airline miles? ›

8 of the best ways to use points and miles for travel
  1. Use rewards for premium flights.
  2. Book luxury hotels closer to home.
  3. Consider low-category extended stays.
  4. Find deals on peak travel.
  5. Travel during off-peak seasons.
  6. Look for sweet-spot redemptions.
  7. Use consecutive-night discounts.
  8. Redeem for good-enough value.
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How to use air miles on flights? ›

AIR MILES® Dream Miles™ can be used on travel bookings exclusively at airmiles.ca. Firstly, choose your payment method. You can choose to pay 100% credit card, 100% Miles (except for taxes & fees), or a combination of credit card and Miles. Dream Miles™ can be used in blocks of 10 Miles at a time.

How many mileage points do you need for a free flight? ›

With most airlines, free flights generally start at 5,000 to 7,500 miles per one-way segment. So to book a round-trip flight, you typically need at least 10,000 to 15,000 miles.

Can I cash out my Alaska miles? ›

Yes. If you have an excess of Alaska Airlines miles in your account, you can earn instant cash by selling your miles through our MilesBuyer trading platform. Your unused miles can help someone in need of a free seat on their next flight.

Do Alaska air miles expire? ›

Technically, Alaska Mileage Plan miles don't expire. However, if your Mileage Plan account is inactive for more than two years, Alaska will close your account and you'll forfeit all of your miles. If this happens to you, all is not lost. You have one year to reinstate your account without a charge.

How many miles are needed to fly Alaska? ›

Alaska award charts
From Contiguous US including Alaska and Canada toEconomy starting at
Contiguous US, Alaska and Canada: less than 700 miles5,000
Contiguous US, Alaska and Canada: 701–1,400 miles7,500
Contiguous US, Alaska and Canada: 1,401–2,100 miles10,000
Contiguous US, Alaska and Canada: 2,101 miles and above12,500
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Can I use my Alaska miles for someone else? ›

Can I use my Alaska miles to buy a ticket for someone else? You can use your Alaska miles to purchase an award ticket for someone else. Just fill in their name and details in the Passenger Information section when booking.

How many Alaska miles does a flight cost? ›

Mileage Plan miles can be redeemed for award flights, starting at just 5,000 miles for a one-way ticket. But before you start using Alaska miles, you have to earn them. Beyond flying, another way to amass a large number of Alaska Mileage Plan miles is to earn a sign-up bonus for an Alaska Airlines credit card.

Can you convert Alaska miles to American? ›

To use Alaska miles to book an American flight, select “Use miles” while searching for a flight on the Alaska Airlines site or app. The results will include award travel on any available partner airline flight, and you can filter the results for American Airlines flights.

What is the best thing to use air miles on? ›

Travel. AIR MILES Travel is probably what we're best known for, and for good reason. Use your Dream Miles to book flights, hotels, cars, vacation packages, cruises, and get into select US parks. With many airline, car rental, and hotel partners, there are lots of opportunities for you to take the trip of your dreams.

How many air miles do you need to pay for a flight? ›

How many miles are needed for a free flight by airline?
AirlineCoach/EconomyBusiness class
American Airlines10,000-30,00020,000-55,000
Delta Air Lines8,000-36,50056,000-112,500
Southwest Airlines7,519-57,08812,194-60,175
United Airlines10,600-20,80025,000-75,500
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How do I maximize my flight points? ›

7 Ways to Maximise your Frequent Flyer Points
  1. Choose an airline. ...
  2. Use your credit card. ...
  3. Shop online. ...
  4. Earn on your accommodation. ...
  5. Earn on your rental car. ...
  6. Use your points on less popular routes. ...
  7. Mistakes to avoid.

Can you use SkyMiles towards a flight? ›

Pay with Miles is a benefit of Delta SkyMiles American Express Cards where you can use miles to pay for all or part of the price of eligible flights. It is always available as a payment option on all Delta operated flights as long as you have 5,000 miles in your SkyMiles account.

How many miles do you need for a free flight on American? ›

Redeem for an American Airlines flight for as low as 7,500 miles each way plus taxes and fees.

How do I cash in my air miles? ›

The exact process may vary slightly from Partner to Partner. Typically, while at checkout, show the cashier your AIR MILES Card and let them know you would like to use Cash Miles towards your purchase. You need to spend a minimum of $10 before tax; then every 95 Cash Miles will get you $10 off your purchase.

Can I use my miles to buy ticket for others? ›

Call The Airline

Even though many airlines permit you to book a ticket for somebody else spending your own miles, there are few airlines which entail you to inform them about the usage of your miles by somebody else on phone or over the ticket counter.

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