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Yesterday I shared the good news that Alaska Airlines was going to drop the price of many award flights to as low as 5,000 miles based on distance flown. However, at that time the pricing updates weren’t live on their site so I couldn’t test how it would really work in practice. Today’s good news is that the lower prices are now live on Alaska’s website, and unlike with some other distance based programs, connecting itineraries don’t up the award cost!
For example, San Francisco – Seattle rings in just a little bit under the 700 mile distance limit for 5,000 mile award flights. As would be expected, I see nonstop flights on that route indeed available starting at just 5,000 miles, which is great.
However, I also see connecting itineraries such as San Francisco – Portland – Seattle that stay below the apparently cumulative 700 mile limit also available for just 5,000 miles. This by itself is great in case a nonstop flight isn’t available when you want to fly, but connecting flights are available at the lowest price level.
But wait there is more. Since Alaska also allows free stopovers on your award flights, this gets even better as you can also have a free stopover on a 5,000 mile award ticket! As shown below, you could fly San Francisco – Portland (stop for a few days, or however long) – Seattle all from just 5,000 miles! That is a fantastic award chart sweet spot if I have ever seen one.
To make sure this wasn’t a short haul fluke I also checked Austin – Portland (stopover) – Seattle, and since the total number of miles stays under 2,100, it was just 10,000 miles for this journey.
If you want some ideas for things to do on a short Seattle trip thanks to these free stopovers you can check out this post.
You won’t find these lowest priced award flights available every day, but when they are there remember to eek out as much value as you can when using the Alaska miles you get from their co-branded credit card, online shopping site, or from actual flights. You can learn more about some of Alaska’s recently announced changes and the acquisition of Virgin America here.
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