Alaska Airlines Rolls Out New Award Charts Starting in March 2024

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Changes

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Changes for 2024

Alaska Airlines announced today major changes for its Mileage Plan program that will kick in next year. The airline says that it is making it even easier and more rewarding with upfront information that’s clearer and more user-friendly. They’re also expanding award availability so members can find more award space when they want to travel.

While that’s true, there are also some negative changes as some sweet spots are going away. But award space for the most valuable redemptions was almost non-existent recently.

Let’s take a look at the changes and see how the Mileage Plan program will look next year.

New Awards Charts

Alaska Airlines will  have a more straightforward set of award charts for all oneworld and partner airlines that will be effective in March 2024. The new charts are divided into three regions: the Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and Asia-Pacific. They provide clearly defined ‘starting from’ redemption rates that vary depending on the distance being flown.

The streamlined information gives a better idea of how many miles are needed to fly to and within regions of the world with short-haul awards starting as low as 4,500 miles each way (down from 7,500). Many shorter-distance flights within continents will start at up to half the current price.

Partner Award Charts

All our partner redemption pricing will be one-way so our guests can mix and match which airlines they’re flying, say British Airways on an outbound flight from Seattle to London and then Finnair from Helsinki to Seattle for the return. Starting March 2024, all Alaska Airlines partners will start at these award levels:

Americas
Distance (miles) Economy
starting at
Premium Economy
starting at
Business
starting at
First
starting at
Less than 700 4,500 6,000 9,000 13,500
701–1,400 7,500 10,000 15,000 25,000
1,401–2,100 12,500 17,500 25,000 40,000
2,101–4,000 17,500 22,500 35,000 52,500
4,001–6,000 25,000 32,500 50,000 75,000
6,001 and above 30,000 40,000 60,000 90,000

Includes travel from US to Americas and within Americas. Americas include North America, Caribbean Islands, Central America and South America.

Europe, Middle East, Africa
Distance (miles) Economy
starting at
Premium Economy
starting at
Business
starting at
First
starting at
Less than 1,500 7,500 10,000 15,000 22,500
1,501–3,500 22,500 30,000 45,000 67,500
3,501–5,000 27,500 35,000 55,000 82,500
5,001–7,000 35,000 45,000 70,000 105,000
7,001–10,000 42,500 55,000 85,000 130,000
10,000 and above 55,000 72,500 110,000 165,000

Includes travel from US to EMEA and within EMEA. EMEA includes Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Asia Pacific
Distance (miles) Economy
starting at
Premium Economy
starting at
Business
starting at
First
starting at
Less than 1,500 7,500 10,000 15,000 22,500
1,501–3,000 25,000 32,500 50,000 75,000
3,001–5,000 30,000 40,000 60,000 90,000
5,001–7,000 37,500 50,000 75,000 110,000
7,001–10,000 42,500 55,000 85,000 130,000
10,000 and above 65,000 85,000 130,000 195,000

Includes travel from US to Asia Pacific, within Asia Pacific and between Asia Pacific–Europe, Middle East, Africa. Asia Pacific includes SE Asia, Indian Subcontinent, South Pacific, Japan/Korea.

Alaska Award Charts

North American Awards
From Contiguous US including Alaska and Canada to Economy
starting at
First
starting at
Contiguous US, Alaska and Canada: less than 700 miles 5,000 15,000
Contiguous US, Alaska and Canada: 701–1,400 miles 7,500 25,000
Contiguous US, Alaska and Canada: 1,401–2,100 miles 10,000 25,000
Contiguous US, Alaska and Canada: 2,101 miles and above 12,500 30,000
Hawaii: all distances 15,000 40,000
Mexico, Central America and Caribbean: all distances 10,000 30,000
Money and Miles
Contiguous US including Alaska and Canada Economy
50% discount up to $100 10,000
50% discount up to $200 20,000

You can find more information here.

More Changes

The March 2024 changes also include:

  • Additional itineraries when combining Alaska flights with partner flights, providing more availability when connecting to global partner destinations.
  • Access to increased award inventory on 10% of partner routes covering more than 370 global destinations. This gives members the flexibility to use additional miles to fly when they want in the cabin they want.
  • New awards between and within regions outside of North America, such as Madrid to LondonParis to Sydney, or Tokyo to Singapore.
  • Reducing the miles required to some of the most sought-after global destinations. For example, award pricing to London and Tokyo will be reduced by 15% on average when traveling nonstop from the West Coast.
  • Beginning in 2024, Alaska will offer regular global partner award sales with quarterly, limited-time promotions featuring special pricing of up to 50% off specific partners, routes or destinations.
  • Alaska will continue to offer one of the most generous stopover policies on award tickets in the industry. Stopovers allow for a free stop in a partner’s hub on the way to a final destination, squeezing in two trips for the price of one.

Guru’s Wrap-up

Alaska Airlines is making major changes to its Mileage Plan program starting in March 2024. There are new and simplified award charts with redemption rates that vary depending on the three new zones, and distance being flown. But some sweet spots, especially for transpacific travel, are going away.

Let me know in the comments how you feel about these changes.

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