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Get a First Class ticket to India for $1,182.50 or less when you buy Alaska Air Miles


Through April 03, 2015, You can get up to 40% bonus when you buy Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles. You can buy a maximum of 40,000 miles per transaction which means you will get 56,000 miles under this promotion.

 

Get a 40% Bonus when you buy Alaska Airlines Mileage plan miles

Get a 40% Bonus when you buy Alaska Airlines Mileage plan miles

 

This a tier based promotion, meaning you have to buy 40,000 miles to  get 40% bonus. Normally, It will cost $1,182.50 to buy 40,000 miles (2.95 cents/mile), but under the current promotion you can get 56,000 miles for $1,182.50 (2.11 cents/mile)

 

You need to buy 40,000 miles to get 40% bonus

You need to buy 40,000 miles to get 40% bonus

 

There is no limit to the number of  miles you can buy in a year, but each transaction is limited to a maximum of 40,000 miles in the increment of 1,000 miles .

How can you maximize the promotion?

If your travel dates are flexible, you can buy Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles under this promotion and redeem for a First Class award ticket with Cathay Pacific to India.

You need 70,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for a One-way First Class award with Cathay Pacific from North America to India.

 

Need 70,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for a one way first class award with Cathay Pacific to India

Need 70,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for a one way first class award with Cathay Pacific between USA and India

 

You can buy 56,000 miles under this promotion for $1182.50, if you are short of Alaska Mileage plan miles you can consider applying for Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card for a 25,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles.

you pay 7.5% excise tax on all transactions

Each miles costs 2.1 cents

 

Redeeming Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles

You can redeem Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles with Alaska’s airline partners like Emirates, Cathay Pacific, British Airways etc..

Emirates and British Airways awards can be booked online, but for Cathay Pacific awards, you need to call Mileage Plan reservations 800-252-7522.

I searched for a first class award for a random date, the closest first class award I found is on April 09, 2015.

 

First class award from SFO - BOM

First class award from SFO – BOM

 

Retail price of the same ticket is $9,393.80 which is an excellent return for your miles.

 

It will cost you $9,999 for the

It will cost you $9,393.80 if you want to buy a first class ticket with money

 

Things you should know

1. This trick will work better if your travel dates are flexible (if you are inviting your parents from India, you may probably have flexibility with the date)

2. You can also use this trick to redeem for Business class awards or first class awards with Emirates. 72.5K miles for one-way Business class award or 90K miles for one-way first class award

3. You can have one stop over on your way to India. If you choose to redeem for Cathay Pacific award, you can have a free stopover in Hong Kong

4. This trick will still be expensive than a Economy ticket paid with money and the possibility of finding more than 2 seats in Business or first class on the same flight is highly unlikely.

 

Conclusion:

Alaska Airlines is offering up to 40% bonus when you buy Alaska Airlines Mileage plan miles. This promotion can be put to great use if you redeem for a Cathay Pacific First class award.

You can also redeem Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles with Emirates, British Airways and many other partners.

 

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