In this article, I will cover how to earn Alaska Miles for Canadians. Regardless if you live in the West Coast or East Coast, the information in this article will help you save money in your future trips.
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MBNA Alaska Airlines World Elite Mastercard
The first way to earn Alaska Miles in Canada is to sign-up for the MBNA Alaska Airlines Mastercard. There are two options available in Canada depending on your personal or household income. If you earn $80,000 personal or $150,000 household, then the world elite version is the card for you. Otherwise, you’re better off applying for the Platinum Plus version. Great Canadian Rebates has a promotion where you get $65 cash back if you apply for the World Elite version and $50 from the Platinum Plus. I included my referral link below if you decided to apply for them.
- MBNA Alaska Airlines World Elite Mastercard – 30,000 Alaska miles after spending $1000 in your first 90 days
- MBNA Alaska Airlines Platinum Plus Mastercard – 20,000 Alaska miles after spending $1000 in your first 90 days
This promotion ends on Feb. 27, 2021.
Purchasing Alaska Airlines miles
While applying for the MBNA Alaska Airlines Mastercard is the cheaper method of earning Alaska miles, I know some people just can’t be bothered. With that being said, some people still want to save money when flying Business Class or First class. That’s where purchasing Alaska Miles during their promotional period comes in handy. Until Feb. 14, 2021, you can purchase Alaska miles and get more miles as an added bonus. Use this link to determine which targeted offer you get.
The targeted offer that I received looks like this:
- Purchase 3,000-39,000 miles and receive 40% more bonus miles
- Purchase 40,000-100,000 miles and receive 60% more bonus miles
The cost of buying these miles is $27.50 USD per 1,000 miles excluding taxes. Let’s say you buy 40,000 miles, then you will actually get 64,000 miles thanks to the bonus miles. The 40,000 miles purchase will cost you $1,100 USD which is roughly $1,400 CAD. Last I checked, Japan Airlines on business class cost $3,675 CAD for a one way flight between Vancouver and Tokyo. So if you purchase Alaska Miles during the promotional period, you’re effectively saving roughly $2,275 CAD (depending on taxes and fees during miles redemption).
Buying Alaska Miles is great for people who don’t want to bother applying for credit cards. It’s also good for people who don’t live in a country where you can apply for credit cards with big sign-up bonuses. If you have friends and family living in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, they can jump on this promotion if they aspire to try some of the Oneworld business and first class flights.