Earn 5,000 Miles by Joining as a New Member of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

W hen you join as a new member of the Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty program by Monday, July 31, 2017 and fly as a passenger aboard an airplane operated by Alaska Airlines only once by Saturday, September 30, 2017, your new membership account will be loaded with 5,000 Mileage Plan miles.

Earn 5,000 Miles by Joining as a New Member of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

In part as a result of its acquisition of Virgin America, Alaska Airlines currently operates 1,200 daily flights to 118 destinations in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Mexico.

With award travel starting at just 5,000 Mileage Plan miles, you could immediately have enough miles for an award ticket one way to select destinations — or get a head start for award travel to other destinations.

New Reduced Mileage Plan Award Levels
New Starting Price Previous Starting Price Distance Each Way Sample Route
5,000 miles 7,500 miles — Intra-state 700 miles or fewer San Jose to Orange County
5,000 miles 12,500 miles 700 miles or fewer Seattle to San Francisco
7,500 miles 12,500 miles 701 – 1,400 miles Los Angeles to Portland
10,000 miles 12,500 miles 1,401 – 2,100 miles Portland to Saint Louis
12,500 miles 12,500 miles 2,101 or more miles San Diego to Orlando

Taxes and fees start from $5.60. Award availability and pricing may vary. The purchaser of an award ticket is responsible for all applicable taxes, fees, and checked baggage charges imposed by the transporting carriers or United States or international authorities.

Alaska Airlines currently has partnerships with 18 airlines — including:

  • AeroMexico
  • AirFrance
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Condor
  • Emirates
  • Fiji Airways
  • Finnair
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Japan Airlines
  • Icelandair
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • LATAM Airlines
  • Qantas Airways
  • PenAir
  • Ravn Alaska

Terms and Conditions

Bonus miles offer is valid only for new Mileage Plan members who enroll between Saturday, May 20, 2017 and Monday, July 31, 2017 and complete a qualifying Alaska Airlines or Virgin America flight between the enrollment date and Saturday, September 30, 2017.

To qualify, the flight must be eligible to earn Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty program miles; and must be credited to the new Mileage Plan membership account. Codeshare flights with other airlines do not qualify.

You may receive the bonus a maximum of one time — even if you hold multiple separate Mileage Plan accounts.

This offer cannot be combined with other Mileage Plan enrollment or account activation promotions.

Other terms and conditions apply — including the conditions of membership of the Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty program.


“The bonus does seem like it might be something that individuals with an existing Alaska Mileage Plan account might be able to take advantage of as well”, according to this article written by Jennifer Moody of The Jetsetter’s Homestead. “This is conditional upon never having received a sign up bonus before. It appears by reading the terms and conditions, you’d need to credit a new qualifying flight to a brand new account. You would then later call to combine it into your old account. This is consistent with past history on Alaska Mileage Plan bonuses. The program has traditionally offered generous signup bonuses for new members. Based on this, we would also conclude that if you signed up under the last bonus offer but never took the qualifying flight that it would be best to sign up for an entirely new one here for the purpose of acquiring this bonus.”

Marriott Rewards has an offer where new members can receive a certificate good for a free night at any participating Category 1-5 hotel or resort property after two paid stays at a participating hotel or resort property through Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Sometimes procrastinating to join a frequent travel loyalty program can pay off, as with Alaska Airlines and Marriott Rewards — but more often than not, that is not the case…

Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

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