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For a very brief moment this holiday season I considered giving miles to a relative as a gift. However, the price to buy the miles I knew they would want the most was just silly, and the price to transfer miles I already had to their account was almost equally as silly, so I quickly abandoned that plan in favor of a more traditional gift. However, I just got an email from Alaska Airlines that really made me smile even though I won’t be taking them up on their offer.
The email I received indicated that Alaska elites at the MVP level and above can transfer miles to friends or family members for no charge through December 28, 2017.
I think that is a fantastic way to let elites spread the mileage love to others around the holidays without any additional cost.
There is a cap of 40,000 free transferred miles and a maximum of three transactions, with a minimum of 1,000 miles in each transaction. The normal cost to transfer 25,000 Alaska miles from one account to another involves a $25 transfer fee plus $10 per 1,000 miles transferred, for a total of $275 just to move 25,000 miles. At that price, you are probably better off just buying the dang ticket.
However, sometimes you don’t want to buy someone a ticket, you just want to gift them some miles and let them use them however they want, and thumbs up to Alaska for making that super easy this holiday season for their elite members. Will you be gifting any miles this holiday season?
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