Pros & Cons
Blackout dates apply on reward travel
Seating and availability on reward flights are limited
Accounts and miles can expire after two years of inactivity
Ease of Earning Free Flight4.5
Award Flight Availability4.0
No. of Daily Flights500 - 1,000
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is ranked No. 1 in the Best Airline Rewards Programs. U.S. News evaluated 9 frequent flyer programs offered by airlines based in the United States across several indicators of excellence. Read more about how we rank rewards.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is ranked as:
By joining the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, you will earn frequent flyer 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.
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The Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan consists of basic membership and the MVP Program. The MVP Program is divided into three classes: MVP, MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K. The program also includes Club 49, a special level for Alaska residents.See details about how membership works
The Fine Print
- You can transfer up to 30,000 miles at a time (up to 100,000 miles per calendar year) to other Mileage Plan accounts for $10 per 1,000 miles (plus a $25 processing fee per transaction).
- On each flight, you will earn either the actual published mileage between the origin and the destination or 500 miles – whichever is greater.
- Reward tickets are nonrefundable, 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 75K members.)
- Deleted miles can be reinstated for a fee up to a year after an inactive account is closed.
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