Alaska Airlines Sweet Spots
Alaska, The Last Frontier, the 49th state, its a place I’d love to goto sometime. I’m not planning a trip to Alaska anytime soon but I am still planning on signing up for the Alaska Airlines Business Visa card. The reason is Alaska miles are very valuable for flying to other destinations. In the points and miles world, Alaska Airlines is not talked about very often. They just joined the OneWorld Alliance last year and are partners with American Airlines and 12 other airlines. What makes their miles the most valuable is booking flights on their non OneWorld partners. They are also partners with Condor, El-Al, Iceland Air, Korean Air, Latam, and Singapore Airlines. There are also some sweet spots to certain areas in Asia but currently those airlines haven’t opened up partner availability due to the Pandemic.
Condor is a German budget airline based in Frankfort that features several routes to the US and other routes to Europe, Africa and Asia. You can use 55,000 Alaska miles plus $46 to fly one way in a lay flat seat to Germany. Condor fleet currently only consists of narrowbody jets in a 2-2-2 configuration. If you are traveling alone I would suggest picking one of the middle seats so each person would have direct aisle access. The current cash price for this flight if booked direct with Condor in Coach is $429.99 and $1,139.99 in Business Class. This is a great deal considering with just one credit card signup bonus offer you can earn 60,000 miles. Condor also has flights to other US cities that are not serviced by some of the larger European airlines.
For 70,000 Alaska miles you can fly nonstop to Seoul, South Korea on Korean Airlines. This is in coach and is not the best deal here is but it is interesting because Korean Air is part of the SkyTeam Alliance with Delta. Korean Airlines is not a transfer partner of any of the major credit card transferrable points programs (Amex, Chase, Citi and Capital One). At times this flight is bookable through Delta for as low as 50,000 miles. With the current credit bonus offer you would get close to the 70,000 miles needed for this flight. Another way of earning the additional miles needed is by shopping online through Alaska MileagePlan Shopping Portal.
This is an amazing deal, for only 40,000 miles you can fly to Sydney and stop in Fiji in Coach for as many days as you want (hotel not included). A Stopover is when an airline lets you book a stop in another city at the same price, or sometimes even less. Infact if you were to book a non stop flight to Sydney from LAX or SFO they currently are charging 42,500 miles and $51 in taxes. At times they have this available for as low as 20,000 miles and occasionally have Business Class available for 55,000 miles.
I saved the best for last. This is the longest flight in the WORLD! Singapore Airlines has routes from JFK and EWR in Newark, NJ. On the non stop route, it is about 18 hours long, the only way to do this is in Business Class. This flight could also be booked directly with Singapore Airlines for the same price. Singapore is a transfer partner of all of the credit card transferrable points programs. My preference would be to book this flight through Alaska because I would other uses for the miles in the event that I had to cancel the flight. If I booked it through Singapore, I would need to transfer points to Singapore Airlines and they can’t be transferred back. There are less ways to use them, mostly flights to other areas in Asia and some of those countries aren’t open for tourism yet. They also have this flight available with a 12 hour stopover in Frankfort which would give you a break from the long flight and a chance to spend the day in Frankfort. I am planning on going to Singapore next year and I am considering signing up for the Alaska Airlines Business Visa Card or Buying Alaska miles while they are offering a 60% Bonus.