Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Overall Score 4.0-stars (3.81)
No. of Daily Flights 500 - 1,000
Geographic Coverage 4.0-stars
Ease of Earning Free Flight 3.0-stars
Free Flight Options 5.0-stars
Additional Benefits 4.5-stars
Airline Quality 4.5-stars
About these ratings

Program Review

The Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan caters to frequent fliers based in or who often travel to and from various destinations in Alaska or West Coast cities like Seattle and Portland, Oregon. By joining the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, you can start earning miles on every Alaska Airlines flight you take, as well as on eligible flights on Alaska Airlines' 14 partner airlines, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and British Airways. You can also earn miles by making everyday purchases with an Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card or by staying in 13 participating hotel brands, including Hilton, Starwood and Marriott. The miles you earn can be used toward free flights on Alaska Airlines and other participating carriers.

Pros & Cons

  • Can earn and redeem miles with Alaska Airlines or 14 partner airlines
  • Numerous retail and hotel partnerships let you earn miles on purchases and hotel stays
  • Flexible redemption options for flights
  • Blackout dates apply on reward travel
  • Seating and availability on reward flights are limited
  • Alaska Airlines services fewer destinations than other airlines


By joining Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, you will earn frequent flier miles based on the distance between the origin and destination cities on any Alaska Airlines or partner airline flight. You can use those miles toward free flights on Alaska Airlines and its partner airlines.

Can Points Expire? YES

Can Earn Points On...

  • Credit Card
  • Air Travel
  • Hotel Stays

Can Use Points On...

  • Booking Flights
  • Cabin Upgrades
How to Earn and Use Points»

Membership Levels

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is divided into the basic membership and the MVP Program. The MVP Program is divided into three classes: MVP, MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K. The plan also includes Club 49, a special level for Alaska residents.

How Membership Works»

The Fine Print

  • Miles can expire after two years if you don't earn or redeem any mileage.
  • Minors need a parent or legal guardian to enroll them in the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan.
  • You can transfer up to 30,000 miles at a time to other Mileage Plan accounts in increments of 1,000 miles. You can transfer a maximum of 100,000 miles per calendar year.
  • Miles are awarded based on the nonstop mileage between the origin and destination cities. If your trip involves connecting flights, you will receive miles for each flight segment.
  • On each flight, you will earn either the actual published mileage between the origin and the destination or 500 miles — whichever is greater.
  • Reward travel is subject to blackout dates.
  • Reward tickets have no cash value, but miles may be redeposited into your account for a service fee if you cancel a reservation. (The fee is waived for MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75 members.)
  • Miles do not cover taxes, fees or surcharges. 

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