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Credit cards can help open up a whole new world of travel.

For those of you who have an Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan account, the buy miles bonus is back until December 21st.

For a limited time, Mileage Plan members can get between 20 to 50% bonus miles when you purchase miles to top up your account.

More about Alaska Airlines

If you are unfamiliar with the program, Mileage Plan is Alaska Airlines’ frequent flyer program.

While Alaska Airlines flights are limited to Alberta & British Columbia, they have many partner airlines you can use your miles on, allowing the program to reach across Canada. Their partners include:

  • American Airlines,
  • British Airways,
  • Cathay Pacific,
  • Condor,
  • Emirates,
  • Hainan Airlines,
  • Icelandair,
  • Japan Airlines,
  • Korean Air, and
  • Qantas.

Note that you won’t be able to fly within Canada using Mileage Plan.

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More about the bonus rewards?

The rewards that are being given out are “random” and how much of a discount you get, depends on the luck of the draw.

Simply log in to your account and see what your offer is. The more miles you buy, the larger the bonus. Here is the offer we got:

Buy Mileage Plan Miles Capture

While purchasing miles is not usually a money saving option, it can be a great way to top up your account for a trip you may be planning on taking, especially if you get the 50% offer.

To get an idea of how much it costs, here is an example of buying 42,000 miles using the 40% offer we received.

Buying Miles Example

Converting the total to Canadian dollars, you end up paying about 2.7 cents per mile.

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More about the Alaska Airlines credit cards

Of course, another way to top up your bank is to have an Alaska Airlines credit card.

There are currently two Alaska Airlines Mastercards on the market:

Alaska Airlines World Elite Mastercard

The Alaska Airlines World Elite Mastercard will not only give you a welcome bonus of 30,000 miles, but will also give you an Alaska Airlines companions voucher after you make $1,000 in purchases in your first 90 days.

The companion voucher is also awarded on your card anniversary every year. To use the voucher, simply buy a ticket, and bring someone along with you for $99 USD plus taxes and fees.

All this for an annual fee of $99 and an income requirement of either $80,000 personal or $150,000 household.

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Alaska Airlines Platinum Plus Mastercard

If you don’t meet those income requirements, don’t worry – Alaska Airlines has you covered.

The Alaska Airlines Platinum Plus Mastercard has a welcome bonus of 20,000 miles and gives you the same voucher when you spend $1,000 in your first 90 days, and you will get the voucher every year on your card anniversary.

The Platinum Plus versions have no income requirements and a lower annual fee of $75. Plus, as a bonus, this card will give you the same points earnings as the World Elite version, and an almost identical insurance plan.

With great welcome bonuses, these two cards are another great way to increase a Mileage Plan bank.

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