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How to Maximize Alaska Air Miles

How to Maximize Alaska Air Miles

Many who call the Pacific Northwest or Alaska home, as well as those who travel to America’s Last Frontier frequently have come to love service they receive from Alaska Airlines. With friendly staff, clean airplanes, and an on-time record that is among the best in the industry (only Hawaiian Airlines was more punctual than them in 2016), it is no surprise to see how they are becoming the favored carrier of travelers in the Northwest.

Like other airlines, Alaska has a loyalty program that allows travelers to accrue mileage points which can be redeemed for flights at a later date.  Most loyalty programs can be gamed by consumers to rack up a massive amount of points in a short time. If you want to know how it can be done if you are an Alaska Airlines member, this post will point out several tips that will have your account overflowing with miles in a matter of months.

1) Transfer points to Alaska Airlines account from your Starwood card

While those who are Alaska Airlines members enjoy many opportunities to earn miles, it is beneficial to belong to other travel hacking schemes as well. Many people also enroll in the Starwood Preferred Guest program (SPG), which offers the chance to earn points toward free hotel stays. Alaska Airlines has aligned themselves with SPG, allowing members to transfer points to their Alaska Airlines accounts at a ratio of 1:1. However, if you wait until you have 20,000 points or more, it gets even better, as those who transfer points at this increment exactly can earn a bonus of 5,000 miles per transaction.

With the transfer limit being 79,999 points per 24 hour period, you can perform this trick three times per day; if you go for a fourth round, the 19,999 point transfer will be assessed at 1:1 instead of 1.25:1.

2) Do your shopping through select online portals

More of us are doing our shopping online with every passing year, and with it, a plethora of opportunities for travel hacking have opened up. While many prefer to use Amazon for all their needs, many retailers are trying to stop the e-commerce giant’s progress by offering incentives to consumers to use their online shopping portals.

Accordingly, there are over 800 retailers that have signed on to Alaska Airlines loyalty program, with many offering between 2 to 5 miles per dollar spent, and some offering even more on occasion. With brands from Underarmor to REI represented, take a look at what you can find through Alaska Airlines partners next time you need to order something online.

3) Dine at restaurants that offer Alaska Air Miles

In the same way hard good businesses have allied themselves with Alaska Airlines to drum up sales, over 10,000 restaurants, pubs, and bars have signed similar deals to increase revenue from frequent fliers. Many of these joints are independent eateries or are regional chains, so when you are looking for a place to eat at home or on the road, sign up for Alaska Airlines’ dining program, and then use its search function to find participating restaurants in your area.

You’ll earn two miles per dollar if you sign up, three miles per dollar if you elect to subscribe to Alaska Airlines’ online newsletter, and five miles per dollar if you log 12 transactions with the dining program within the space of a calendar year. Additionally, those who spend $30 on a meal within their first thirty days of membership, AND then completes a review of their experience will earn a bonus of 1,000 miles.

If you are dining with a friend, we recommend picking up the check!

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