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Alaska Airlines Hub System
Alaska Airlines, with the IATA code AS, operates with a hub system that allows for efficient connections and operations. The airline has its base of operations in Seattle, Washington, where its headquarters are located. Seattle serves as the primary hub for Alaska Airlines, providing a central location for connecting flights and facilitating seamless travel for passengers.
In addition to its base in Seattle, Alaska Airlines has several hub airports across the United States. These hub airports include Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and Portland International Airport (PDX). These strategic hub locations enable Alaska Airlines to serve a wide range of destinations and provide convenient connections for travelers.
The history of Alaska Airlines' hub system dates back to its early years of operation. The airline initially started as a small regional carrier in Alaska, serving remote communities and providing essential air transportation services. As the airline expanded its route network and acquired other airlines, the hub system became necessary to efficiently manage operations and connect passengers to various destinations.
Alaska Airlines' hub airports are equipped with modern facilities and amenities to enhance the travel experience for passengers. These facilities include comfortable lounges, shopping and dining options, and efficient baggage handling systems. The airline strives to provide a seamless and enjoyable journey for its customers.
You can also keep track of your Alaska Airlines flight status here .
For additional information such as flight schedules, destinations, and aircraft details, visit the Alaska Airlines Guide .
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This post outlines all of the Alaska Lounge locations, including detailed information on the exact airport location, hours, and general amenities. Additionally, you’ll find information on how to access these Alaska Lounges including eligibility and day passes.
You’ll also learn how to access partner lounges like American Airlines Admirals Clubs, select United Clubs , and more.
Hot Tip: Alaska Airlines used to call their lounges “Alaska Airlines Board Rooms.” While some signs and articles may still use the term Board Room, that branding has since fallen away and all lounges are now simply called Alaska Lounges.
Concourse C (near gate C1) Daily: 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Terminal 7, mezzanine level (just above security) Daily: 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Special Amenity: In-house barista serving Starbucks coffee.
Terminal 6, mezzanine level (near gate 64) Daily: 5 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Special Amenity: Children’s play area
Concourse B (near the entrance of Concourse B) Daily: 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Concourse C (across from gate C5) Daily: 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Terminal 2 (just beyond the D security checkpoint) Daily: 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Concourse C, mezzanine level (next to gate C16) Daily: 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Concourse D, just beyond the central security checkpoint Daily: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
North Satellite (mezzanine level, above gates N13-N18) Daily: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Alaska Lounge Amenities
Alaska Lounges are some of the best-reviewed domestic lounges out there. Whether it’s the amenities, genuine hospitality, or room to stretch out and relax, or a combination of all three, Alaska Airlines is recognized for its lounge collection.
The new SeaTac North Satellite lounge is the star Alaska Lounge.
Food and snacks can be relatively substantial, and the beverage selection is often above average. In some cases, you can get handcrafted Starbucks coffee drinks, such as in the new JFK lounge.
Amenities differ from lounge to lounge, but you can expect pre-flight nourishment including:
- Breakfast items including pancakes, oatmeal, and bread
- Daytime food items including soups and salads (at some locations)
- Snacks including fruit, vegetables, pretzels, chips, guacamole, and cookies
- Self-serve soft drinks, Starbucks drip coffees, and teas
- Espresso machines
- Beer (including craft beers) and wine
- Spirits, liquor, and signature cocktails (except PDX)
The JFK lounge offers a few made-to-order meals that carry a bit more weight than the standard soups and salads. These are paid meals, but many reviews state they’re worth it; think yogurt parfaits, egg and brioche sandwiches, Margherita flatbreads, and more.
While some lounges are larger than others, Alaska generally gives patrons a decent amount of room to stretch out and relax or sit down and get some work done.
Alaska’s lounges have a Pacific Northwest vibe, making use of rustic wood accents and leather seating options. You can even find a fireplace in the ANC, SEA, and JFK lounges. Every Alaska lounge has a tarmac, terminal, or gate view for planespotting fans.
All Alaska Lounges offer complimentary Wi-Fi and workstations, and you’ll find plenty of outlets throughout for charging. If you’re in Anchorage, Los Angeles, Portland, or Seattle, you can reserve a conference room for $25 per hour (members) or $50 per hour (nonmembers).
Eligibility, Pricing, and Access
Alaska offers a paid lounge membership that comes with 3 tiered options. You must be an Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan member to purchase a membership.
You can purchase a membership online , at any Alaska Lounge location, or by phone. You’ll receive a membership after payment. Members must present this card in addition to their same-day ticketed boarding pass (on any carrier) and a photo ID for access to the lounge.
Alaska members can access an Alaska Lounge if they aren’t flying as long as a conference room has been reserved 24 hours in advance, or if the member is attending an Alaska Lounge-sponsored event.
Guest policy: Alaska Lounge members can bring immediate family (spouse or domestic partner and children under the age of 21) or 2 guests at no extra charge.
Hot Tip: Alaska Lounge membership includes access to over 90 partner lounges worldwide (see Alaska Lounge+ Partner Lounge Access section below).
Alaska Lounges offer day passes for $60 per person at LAX, JFK, and SFO only. These are valid for a single day and only at the location where purchased. They must be used in conjunction with same-day, ticketed air travel on any airline.
No guests are allowed with a day pass. However, children under 2 years of age can accompany the adult day pass holder at no extra charge. It’s possible (however unlikely) that an Alaska Lounge can limit access or the purchase of a day pass due to capacity restrictions.
Hot Tip: Due to recent changes , guests can use day passes to access the lounges at Anchorage (ANC), Portland (PDX), and Seattle (SEA) only if they were purchased before June 13, 2022.
Membership vs. Day Pass
This is how the purchase of multiple-day passes compares to Alaska Lounge membership fees.
For example, if you were thinking about purchasing a standard membership, you would have to make 9 or more visits to an Alaska Lounge in 1 year for the cost of a new membership to outweigh the cost of individual day passes.
In some cases, you may be granted complimentary access to an Alaska Lounge. As with some other airline lounges, complimentary lounge access includes any passenger traveling on a paid first class fare or award ticket on a flight operated by Alaska Airlines. The catch is that this only applies to passengers with a flight segment that’s over 2,100 miles. Unfortunately, access doesn’t include those passengers who have been upgraded (U class).
Hot Tip: Any passenger with a paid first-class ticket for an Alaska Airlines flight bought prior to November 18, 2022 will still have access to Alaska Lounges even if the flight is under 2,100 miles.
Passengers must present their same-day first class boarding pass and photo ID. Access is granted on the day of flight only and doesn’t include entrance agreements for other airline clubrooms.
Note: Cardholders of the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature ® credit card or Alaska Airlines Visa ® Business Credit Card do not get access to these lounges.
Individuals holding a valid Admirals Club membership or the Citi ® /AAdvantage ® Executive World Elite Mastercard ® are allowed access to all Alaska Lounge locations. This does not apply to One Day Pass holders.
Members must present their membership card, a same-day boarding pass for an American Airlines or Alaska Airlines-operated flight, and photo ID.
Alaska Lounge+ Partner Lounge Access
Membership in the Alaska Lounge+ program includes access to over 90 partner lounges worldwide , including:
The main partner for this type of lounge access is American Airlines Admirals Club . Alaska is quick to state that members have access to select locations and these locations may change without advanced notice.
Passengers may access an Admirals Club upon arrival or departure on the day of travel on a purchased or redeemed-mileage ticket on Alaska Airlines or American Airlines. As with Alaska Lounge’s guest policy, members are allowed complimentary access for their immediate family or 2 guests, as long as they are also arriving or departing on an Alaska or American flight.
Partner lounge access does not include access to any premium American Airlines lounges and also excludes the Admirals Club in San Francisco.
Hot Tip: Just as Alaska Lounge members are allowed access to select Admirals Club locations, Admirals Club members are given access to all Alaska Lounge locations.
Alaska Lounge members have access to select Qantas Club locations. The Alaska Lounge guest policy applies, and members and guests do not have access to Qantas’ First Class lounges.
There are only 2 U.S. Qantas lounge locations listed as available to Alaska Lounge members: Honolulu (HNL) and Los Angeles (LAX; business lounge).
There are 5 additional partner lounges in the U.S. where Alaska Lounge members have access. They are quite a mix, including United Club and other partnerships:
- Aspire Lounge, San Diego (SAN)
- Cathay Pacific Lounge, San Francisco (SFO)
- United Club, Minneapolis (MSP)
- United Club, Phoenix (PHX)
- United Club, Washington, D.C. (DCA)
The Alaska Lounge house rules here are pretty standard, so if you’re generally a courteous traveler, you’ll be just fine.
If you fly Alaska Airlines quite a bit, a lounge membership could be worth it, especially if you have status with the airline.
However, if you fly a number of different airlines out of a number of different airports and you don’t have status with Alaska, the standard membership is pretty pricey. You’d be better off considering a travel rewards credit card that comes with a Priority Pass membership , especially since you’ll get all kinds of additional travel perks on top of it!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who can access an alaska lounge.
The following individuals can access an Alaska Lounge:
- Members holding a valid paid Alaska Lounge membership (plus immediate family or 2 guests)
- Any passenger traveling on a paid first class fare or award ticket on Alaska Airlines
- Those who have purchased an Alaska Lounge day pass
- Admirals Club members with a same-day boarding pass on an American or Alaska flight
- Priority Pass members (if space allows)
How much does an Alaska Lounge membership cost?
An Alaska Lounge annual membership price varies both by tiered status and whether the membership is new or a renewal.
Alternatively, day passes for an Alaska Lounge cost $60 per pass for a single visit.
Where can I find an Alaska Lounge?
There are 9 Alaska Lounge locations in the U.S. You can find them at the following airports: Anchorage International, JFK International, LAX International, Portland International (2 lounges), San Francisco International, and Seattle-Tacoma International (3 lounges).
However, Alaska Lounge members have access to over 90 partner lounges worldwide. In the U.S., partner lounges are primarily made up of American Airlines Admirals Club locations which are scattered around the states.
What is Alaska Lounge+ membership?
Membership in the Alaska Lounge+ program includes access to over 90 partner lounges worldwide in addition to the 9 Alaska Lounges.
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Some airlines offer its passengers the convenient option of purchasing travel insurance along with their flights, and Alaska Airlines is one of them. Alaska’s travel insurance is provided through Allianz Travel Insurance .
If you’re wondering if it’s worth purchasing Alaska Airlines travel insurance, here's a look at what it covers, how much it costs and other factors to help you determine if purchasing this coverage is right for you.
How to buy Alaska travel insurance
You can buy Alaska Airlines trip insurance while you’re booking a flight or add coverage to a flight you’ve already booked.
When you're booking
Buying coverage when you book your flight is easy. After selecting your flight and seats, but before purchasing the ticket, you’ll be given the option to add travel insurance.
If you decide to purchase Alaska travel insurance, you’ll select “Yes” to add protection, and the cost of the insurance will be added to your total and paid at booking.
» Learn more: How to find the best travel insurance
If you already booked
Visit https://www.etravelprotection.com/alaska/home to begin the process of adding trip insurance coverage to a flight that you bought previously.
The process starts by getting a quote. This will ask you for details like your home state and destination, as well as the cost of the trip and your age. From there, you will be given multiple plan options. Select the plan that provides the coverage you deem will fit your needs.
Travel booked with points and miles is also eligible for coverage.
What does Alaska travel insurance cover?
If you purchase Alaska travel insurance, you’ll receive the following benefits:
Trip cancellation and interruption . If your trip is canceled or interrupted due to a covered reason, this benefit will reimburse any prepaid and nonrefundable travel expenses you’ve already made.
Emergency medical and dental protection . If you need to obtain medical or dental care for an accident or illness , you’ll be reimbursed the cost of care.
Emergency medical transportation protection . If you need emergency transportation due to a covered illness or injury, this coverage will arrange and pay for transportation to the nearest appropriate medical facility. You’ll also receive assistance getting home after treatment.
Travel delay protection . If your trip is delayed for more than six hours for a covered reason, you’ll be reimbursed the cost of meals and accommodation while you wait.
Baggage loss/damage protection . If you lose your luggage or it gets damaged or stolen, this coverage will reimburse you the cost of your personal effects.
Baggage delay protection . If your bags are delayed for over 24 hours, you’ll receive reimbursement for the cost of necessary personal items, like clothes or toiletries.
Change fee protection . If you need to change your flight itinerary, you’ll be reimbursed for any fees incurred — but only if the change is made for a covered reason.
24/7 assistance . Multilingual travel experts are available to assist you with any unexpected travel issues.
Epidemic coverage . You may be eligible for reimbursement of some expenses related to COVID-19 if it affects your travel plans.
Alaska’s travel insurance — which includes trip cancellation, travel delay, baggage loss/damage coverage and more — is fairly comprehensive.
However, keep in mind that Alaska Airlines travel insurance reimburses you for covered reasons only, such as canceling a trip due to a death in the family or receiving medical care due to an unexpected illness. Be sure to review your policy to understand which situations are covered and which aren’t.
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Alaska travel insurance cost
The cost of Alaska travel insurance varies based on a number of factors, including your destination and the length of stay. As a result, you won’t know the cost of the insurance coverage until you’re ready to book.
To give you an idea of how much Alaska travel insurance could cost, we tested out a few travel destinations and trip lengths:
Six-night round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Liberia, Costa Rica: $45.
Four-night round-trip flight from Seattle to New York-John F. Kennedy: $31.
One-way flight from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale, Florida: $21.
Two-week round-trip flight from Portland, Oregon, to Honolulu: $30.
Although the flight insurance cost can vary, based on our searches, it’s unlikely you’ll end up paying more than $50 for your trip.
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How to file a claim with Alaska travel insurance
Alaska gives you two options to file a claim through Allianz Travel:
File a claim online . You can file a claim online by visiting https://www.etravelprotection.com/claims/claims-process .
Call to file a claim . To file a claim by phone, call 800-496-6593. You can also call this number if you have questions about your coverage.
Filing online can be simpler than other options as you can upload the documents needed to support your claim.
Is Alaska travel insurance worth it?
Here are a few factors to consider to help determine if Alaska Airlines flight insurance is worth it for you:
Do you have similar travel insurance through one of your travel cards? Some cards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express , offer travel insurance for flights paid for on the card. If you book your Alaska flight with a card with travel insurance , it’s usually not worth purchasing the additional travel insurance offered through Alaska Airlines. Terms apply.
Are you an anxious traveler? If you worry about unexpected situations when you travel and don’t otherwise have travel insurance, purchasing coverage through Alaska may ease some of your stress and make your travel experience more enjoyable.
Are you traveling to a destination where there are extra risks for travel issues? While there’s always a chance that something could go wrong with your travel plans, you may face additional risks depending on when or where you’re flying — for instance, traveling to the Caribbean during hurricane season or visiting a country with a travel warning for tourists. In these cases, you may want to consider purchasing Alaska travel insurance if you’re not already covered through a credit card or other plan.
While only you can make the call if Alaska travel insurance is worth it for you, the above considerations will help you decide if it’s worth purchasing coverage.
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However, before purchasing a plan through Alaska, you should first check to see if you have travel insurance through your credit card, since purchasing another policy usually isn't worth it if you already have coverage.
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Ready to Fly Anywhere For $49 a Month? Alaska Airlines Announces New Flight Pass
West Coast travel is about to get a major shake up
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On the heels of the return of MoviePass , it looks like more celebration is in order: unlimited, subscription-based services are about to shake up the travel world.
Seattle-based carrier Alaska Airlines just announced the launch of Flight Pass , a subscription ticketing program that will allow West Coast travelers access to flights from 13 of California's major airports for as low as $49 per month. Beginning today, members can fly up to 24 round-trip flights a year to some of the most popular routes within California, as well as enjoy nonstop service to Reno , Phoenix , and Las Vegas .
In addition to the great deal, those who subscribe to Flight Pass between Nov. 3 and Nov. 30 will receive status in the airline's Mileage Plan frequent flyer program. Those who enroll in the entry-level Flight Pass will enjoy complimentary MVP status, while those splurging for a Flight Pass Pro subscription will receive MVP Gold status. The complimentary status will be valid through December 2023.
It's the first unlimited flight concept from a U.S. airline since JetBlue launched its "All You Can Jet" pass back in 2009. That pass was priced at a hefty $599 a month, but included unlimited flights to all 56 of the domestic and international destinations that the carrier serviced. The airline received such high demand for the pass that they closed the program to new members shortly after its launch to ensure that those who initially signed up would have ample flight availability. The pass was revived for brief periods of time in 2017 and 2019, but only as part of a sweepstakes. "Flight Pass builds on our mission to offer travelers the most West Coast destinations at the best value," said Alex Corey, managing director of business development and products for Alaska Airlines, in a recent statement . "Our commitment to care means offering convenient and affordable options that fit our guests' lifestyle and connect them to where they want to go."
Subscribers can choose between two annual plans: a $49 per month plan that requires booking at least 14 days in advance, or a more flexible $199 per month plan that allows same-day booking up to two hours before departure. Alaska Airlines frequent flyers will be able to earn miles on all Flight Pass bookings, as well as take advantage of status perks.
At $49 per month, six annual round-trip flights with Flight Pass will run travelers just $588 each year—a significantly good deal. While the required commitment to one airline could mean missing out on competitive fares elsewhere, the program's inclusion of several high-demand routes, like San Francisco to Palm Springs, ultimately means that you'll be saving big—especially within a 14 day booking window. Travelers will still be responsible for taxes and fees on each flight, in addition to the monthly subscription fee. All Flight Pass seats are in economy, and the program requires a membership commitment of 12 months.
So why now? "After two years of staying close to home, guests are ready to travel again," said Corey. "And with 100 daily flights from 16 airports throughout California and between California to Reno, Phoenix and Las Vegas, Flight Pass will take them there.”
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Best Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan sweet spot redemptions
The Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan loyalty program is an absolute powerhouse of value thanks to individual airline partnerships. Alaska Airlines joined Oneworld back in 2021, but it maintains partnerships that other Oneworld airlines don't have — and its award pricing is altogether unique.
Alaska Airlines miles can be incredibly valuable — but they're also some of the hardest to earn . How can you be sure you're getting the most value from your awards?
Let's look at some of this program's best sweet spot redemptions to ensure you make the most of your hard-earned Alaska miles.
Add stopovers with Alaska miles
Alaska Airlines offers a free stopover on international award tickets — even on one-way itineraries.
Your stopover is typically limited to the hub city of whichever partner airline you're flying. That's because Alaska does not permit you to mix partners on an award ticket. If you're flying internationally, it must be with one partner (plus Alaska Airlines-operated flights, if necessary). For example, you can tack on a connecting Alaska Airlines flight to an international gateway.
If you're flying from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Tokyo's Narita Airport (NRT) on Japan Airlines, you can stop in Tokyo before continuing to another city.
Why it's valuable : Despite these setbacks, reserving a free stopover with each international one-way flight is a lucrative benefit that can turn one vacation into two. This is a rarity among airline loyalty programs.
How to book : Alaska Airlines has one of the most intuitive methods of booking a stopover. Here's how to book a free stopover:
Step 1. Search Multi-city on the Alaska Airlines website
Use the Multi-city search option to manually input your stopover. Make sure you've also checked the "Use miles" box.
Step 2. Choose your itinerary
You'll then see your one-way flight — including your stopover — as one price.
Business class to Fiji and Australia on Fiji Airways
Alaska Mileage Plan miles can be a great tool for getting you to the remote tropical paradise of Fiji. One-way business class seats on Fiji Airways cost 55,000 Alaska Airlines miles in business class.
Fiji Airways operates from Nadi International Airport (NAN), the largest airport in Fiji, connecting to destinations in Asia, North America and the South Pacific. The airline offers a reliable business-class experience on flights from the U.S. to Fiji, ensuring a comfortable journey.
You can redeem just 55,000 miles for a one-way business-class flight from the U.S. to Fiji, which is a great deal. What's more, you can add a stopover to explore other countries in the South Pacific, such as New Zealand and Australia, at no additional mileage cost. Even though Fiji Airways only flies from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), you can connect to these gateways from other U.S. cities served by Alaska Airlines.
Why it's valuable: Many airlines charge 40,000+ miles to get to Australia in economy class. The fact that it's possible to book a business class flight to the South Pacific and Australia for 55,000 miles makes this route a steal for Alaska Airlines miles collectors.
How to book: Fiji Airways flies from Nadi to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Since Alaska Airlines has a large presence at both airports, you should be able to tack on connecting flights from dozens of other U.S. cities.
Premium-cabin award space on Fiji Airways can be tough to come by — and that's because it's such a good deal.
You can book Fiji Airways flights directly through the Alaska Airlines website.
Business class to South America on LATAM
Despite leaving the Oneworld alliance , LATAM maintains a partnership with Alaska Airlines.
LATAM's major hubs include cities like Lima, Peru; Sao Paulo; and Santiago, Chile, making it a convenient option for travel within South America. Alaska Airlines defines South America as anything south of Panama, so numerous opportunities exist for great deals.
LATAM award tickets start at 25,000 miles for economy and 45,000 miles for business class each way. By taking advantage of the free stopover, you can book flights like Miami International Airport (MIA) to Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) to Santiago International Airport (SCL), allowing you to experience two vibrant South American cities in one trip.
Why it's valuable: Flights to South America are all priced the same, whether you're going to Santiago, Chile or Bogota, Colombia. That's rare for an airline program, as northern and southern South America are often priced differently.
You'll need just 45,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles to fly these same routes in business-class seats. Plus, you can get a free stopover when connecting through Either Lima or Santiago on your way to another destination. That sharply raises the value you'll get from your miles.
How to book: You can book LATAM-operated award flights via the Alaska Airlines website.
How to earn Alaska Airlines miles
Now for the bad news. Alaska Mileage Plan miles are some of the hardest rewards to collect. Alaska Airlines isn't a transfer partner of flexible currencies like Chase Ultimate Rewards points or Amex Membership Rewards points .
If you want to earn Alaska miles quickly, your best bet is to consider opening an Alaska credit card.
Alaska Airlines has two cobranded credit cards with Bank of America: a personal card and a business card.
These let you earn Alaska miles on your everyday spending and offer solid welcome bonuses. The cards include other inflight benefits, including an annual Companion Fare that helps offset their annual fees.
Alaska Airlines Visa® credit card
Right now, applicants for the Alaska Airlines Visa credit card can earn 70,000 bonus miles plus Alaska's Famous Companion Fare from $122 ($99 fare plus taxes and fees from $23) after spending $3,000 or more on purchases within the first 90 days from account opening.
The card earns 3 miles per dollar spent on eligible Alaska purchases and 2 miles for every $1 spent on eligible gas, EV charging station, cable, streaming services and local transit including ride share purchases. You'll earn 1 mile per dollar spent everywhere else. Plus, you'll enjoy an annual Companion Fare (after you spend $6,000 or more on purchases within the prior anniversary year) to bring a friend or family member with you on a trip starting at $122 ($99 fare plus taxes and fees from $23). You also get a free checked bag on all Alaska flights and 20% back on inflight purchases.
For more details, check out our full review of the Alaska Visa .
Apply now: Alaska Airlines Visa
Alaska Airlines Visa® Business card
Bank of America's Alaska Airlines Visa Business card currently offers a bonus of 50,000 bonus miles and Alaska's Famous Companion Fare from $122 ($99 fare plus taxes and fees from $23). To qualify, you'll need to make $3,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days from account opening.
The card earns the same 3 miles per dollar spent on eligible Alaska Airlines purchases and 2 miles for every $1 spent on eligible gas, EV charging station, shipping and local transit (including rideshare) purchases. All other purchases earn 1 mile per dollar spent. The card includes a Companion Fare from $122 ($99 fare plus taxes and fees from $23) each account anniversary if you spend $6,000 or more on purchases within the prior anniversary year and a free checked bag on all Alaska flights.
For more details, check out our full review of the Alaska Business Visa .
Apply now: Alaska Airlines Visa Business
Alternatively, you can transfer Marriott Bonvoy points at a rate of 3:1 (3 Marriott points = 1 Alaska Airlines mile). Plus, when you transfer in increments of 60,000 points, you'll receive a bonus 5,000 Alaska Airlines miles. In other words, 60,000 Marriott points will net you 25,000 miles.
Of course, you can also credit paid Oneworld flights to your Mileage Plan account. Unlike most other U.S. airline programs, Alaska still uses a distance-based formula for calculating how many miles you'll earn on these flights, so it can be more lucrative than others (especially on longer, inexpensive trips that would earn a comparatively small number of miles in a revenue-based program).
Finally, you can also buy Alaska miles to top up your account and snag any of the above redemptions. We usually don't recommend doing so unless there's a promotion (like the current offer to buy Alaska miles with up to a 60% bonus , which drops your price to as little as 1.85 cents apiece). While that's still above our data-backed valuation of Alaska miles, it can make sense if you're eyeing a specific award.
Related: The best credit cards for buying points and miles
Redeeming Alaska Mileage Plan miles for maximum value isn't as complicated as it used to be, as more of the airline's partners are now bookable online. However, Alaska still has some unique aspects of its loyalty program, and its new award chart isn't nearly as helpful as the old iterations. Nevertheless, there are some incredible redemptions at your disposal.
No matter where you choose to travel, the free stopover on award tickets is an incredibly generous perk and can effectively give you two vacations for the price of one. In addition, the mix of partners inside and outside the Oneworld alliance opens up many opportunities.
Updated as of 1/17/2024.
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Alaska Airlines is offering 30% off flights right now
The airline returns to its full schedule with a big sale
Alaska Airlines, the airline that takes you to some of the most dramatic and icy blue vistas our country has to offer, announced that it is returning to its full schedule—and that you can get flights for up to 30 percent off this spring. For travel between February 8 and March 13, you can deduct nearly a third off the price, so long as you book by January 31 and use the discount code THANKYOU30. There are some blackout dates to contend with while you travel back and forth to Alaska: February 16 to 24 and March 6 to 13. While there, maybe you'll stay at this Airbnb with incredible views of the Northern Lights .
The airline doesn’t just fly to Alaska, however. You can travel to Hawai’i, Florida, Latin America, and the Bahamas with this carrier, and the discount applies for those destinations, too. You’ve got to pick your day of the week: traveling outbound to these destinations works Sunday through Wednesday, and returning from them works Tuesday through Friday. If you’re traveling to or from any other Alaska Airlines destination, including the state of Alaska but not Prudhoe Bay, the discount code will apply on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. If you can’t make the flights on those specific days, then you can have a conciliatory 10 percent off (as long as you pay attention to blackout dates of February 16 to 24).
A final bit of niceness: you’ll earn 2x the elite qualifying miles every time you fly an Alaska-marketed and operated flight in February 2024. Perfect for saving up for the next trip to this glacial polar wonderland!
Get all the details here .
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Alaska Airlines Celebrates Return to ‘Reliable Operation’ with 30% Off Sale Following Mid-Air Blowout
Posted: January 30, 2024 | Last updated: January 30, 2024
The airline is offering the discount for select dates and destinations from Feb. 8 to March 13
- Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737-Max 9 aircrafts were cleared for travel on Friday after being grounded for inspection
- The grounding was a result of the mid-air blowout that an Alaska Airlines plane experienced earlier in January
- In celebration of its full flight schedule returning, the airline is offering 30 percent off flights for a limited time
Alaska Airlines is offering 30 percent off flights for a limited time following the mid-air blowout incident that occurred on one of its planes earlier in January.
The airline’s official website implies the sale is in celebration of their return to “reliable operation” now that their formerly grounded Boeing 737-Max 9 aircrafts have been cleared for travel following weeks of inspection.
“We are returning to the reliable operation that you've come to expect from Alaska,” their website states.
Travelers will need to use the code THANKYOU30 by January 31, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. PT in order to receive the discount on flights from Feb. 8 to March 13. However, only the select days and destinations listed on their website are eligible for the full discount. All other routes will receive a 10 percent discount using the above code.
Related: Alaska Airlines Passengers Who Survived Mid-Air Door Blow Out Given $1,500 in Compensation
Earlier in January, 177 Alaska Airlines passengers witnessed part of their aircraft’s fuselage blow out mid-air shortly after they departed from Portland, Oregon. The Boeing 737-9 aircraft was headed for Ontario, California when the incident occurred.
While the plane safely turned around and made an emergency landing in Portland, videos taken from passengers on board revealed a large gap in the side of the airplane that opened into the night sky.
Related: Missing Part from Alaska Airlines Plane That Experienced Mid-Air Blow Out Found in Oregon Teacher’s Backyard
Shocking details from the incident emerged in the days after the incident, including how one passenger’s shirt was ripped right off of him due to the suction from the blow, and how an Oregon resident claimed to have found a passenger’s phone that fell 16,000 feet from the sky.
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Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci said in a statement after the incident: “Following tonight’s event on Flight 1282, we have decided to take the precautionary step of temporarily grounding our fleet of 65 Boeing 737-9 aircraft. Each aircraft will be returned to service only after completion of full maintenance and safety inspections. We anticipate all inspections will be completed in the next few days.”
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Over 1,500 Alaska Airlines flights have now been impacted in the 2 weeks since the 737 Max 9 blowout
- Friday marks two weeks since the Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 blowout.
- Alaska Airlines extended cancellations through Friday, impacting at least 110 flights per day.
- Some flights are being taken over by its sister regional carrier, but many have been canceled.
The Boeing 737 Max 9 saga has impacted more than 1,500 Alaska Airlines flights as the carrier said there will be cancelations through Friday.
Friday also marks two weeks since the Flight 1282 blowout which prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to ground all 737 Max 9 jets with a door plug.
Alaska Airlines has 65 such aircraft that operate between 110 to 150 flights a day, depending on the schedule.
18 of those planes briefly returned to service after being inspected following the blowout, but they were grounded again when the FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive on January 6.
"The ongoing grounding of the 737-9 Max continues to have a tremendous impact on our operation," Alaska Airlines said in a Wednesday statement.
It added that some routes are being flown by its sister regional carrier, Horizon Air, so passengers can still reach their destinations.
But Alaska Airlines canceled 158 flights on Wednesday at a rate of 24%, per FlightAware.
The majority of those were scheduled to be on 737 Max 9 planes, although bad weather has also disrupted flights around the US.
United Airlines is the largest operator of the Max 9 with 79 such aircraft. It hasn't specified the number of routes it operates as Alaska Airlines has, but according to FlightAware, it canceled 203 flights on Wednesday — most of which were on 737 Max 9 planes.
The FAA said Wednesday that the first 40 inspections had been completed and the agency will review the data before approving an inspection and maintenance process.
"We're awaiting the next steps based on this collection of new information, including the final inspection orders so we can begin safely returning our planes to service," Alaska Airlines said.
Watch: Thousands of bags pile up at US airports after flight cancellations
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