Alaska Airlines has announced some sweeping changes to its Mileage Plan loyalty program, which are set to come into effect in March 2024. The changes will affect everything from the way award charts are structured, to the way flights will be priced with partner airlines.
Let’s take stock of the changes, including some of the awards that are moving up and down in price.
Upcoming Changes to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
In 2024, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan will be getting a significant overhaul. The changes, which were officially announced on the Alaska Airlines website, represent a notable shift in how the loyalty program operates, and the options it presents to its members.
As of March 2024, Mileage Plan will use a total of three award charts for travel to various parts of the world. The charts are separated by travel within the Americas, travel to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and travel to the Asia-Pacific region.
Within each chart, pricing is based on the cumulative distance flown and the class of service. The numbers within each column represent “Saver”-level award pricing, which is the lowest cost you’ll see for any particular route.
In other words, the numbers in the charts are the lowest prices that you’ll see, but you could also see prices that are much higher.
Importantly, the “Saver”-level award pricing will be the same for all partner airlines. Currently, the lowest prices differ for many partner airlines, which makes it difficult to understand.
Travel within the Americas will be subject to the following chart:
Travel to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa will be subject to the following chart:
And travel to the Asia-Pacific region will be subject to the following chart:
The pricing for awards is based on the cumulative distance flown, and the routing rules remain the same as they currently are.
You’ll also be able to redeem Alaska miles for travel within or between any of the above regions. This is an improvement to the current state of affairs, whereby you can only redeem Alaska miles within or between select regions.
Premium economy redemptions with more airlines are being introduced, with pricing starting at 30% more than economy.
Mileage Plan will offer a greater number of awards with partner airlines, although they may come at a higher cost than the “Saver”-level pricing on the new charts.