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During the deepest darkest parts of winter most people dream of a vacation somewhere warm and tropical. But me, I dream of clear cold days and dark long nights in one of the northernmost countries in the world. I’m not alone either. While Iceland’s high season still centers around its brief summer, more and more visitors are flocking to Iceland in the winter time, drawn by the better deals, lack of crowds,… Read More

If you read Mileage Plan 101 on the basics of booking award travel, then you should know that Alaska Airlines has 16 different partners that can help you get almost anywhere in the world. However, award space can be limited, and the sheer number of possible itineraries on these longer trips can sometimes make it difficult to book.

Earning Mileage Plan miles is as easy as addi­­ng your member number to your ticket or when booking with Mileage Plan partners. Redeeming miles is just as easy, but if you’ve never done it before, you might not know where to start. Fortunately Alaska’s easy online search tool can find and book almost any Mileage Plan award ticket, including partner awards, and these tips will help you improve on the results.

Robert Reid is a travel writer based in Portland, Oregon, whose writings have appeared in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He’s been the spokesperson for Lonely Planet, appearing on CNN, NBC’s Today Show and NPR to discuss travel trends. He’s currently the Digital Nomad for National Geographic Traveler. “Suzhou is Shanghai’s back garden,” I’m told at my hotel in this Chinese city a half-hour bullet train ride west of… Read More

The Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is expanding its reach with new options to earn and redeem miles on American’s full network, which will include flights that were historically US Airways flights, beginning October 17 – and other enhancements arriving even sooner. These will add value to Alaska’s frequent flyer miles and improve the benefits of MVP elite status. American Airlines and US Airways merged in 2013 to create the world’s largest airline…. Read More

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At Alaska, we believe our Mileage Plan is best in class. But don’t just take our word for it – in 2014, Mileage Plan ranked highest in J.D. Power’s first-ever 2014 Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction ReportSM. This week, the Los Angeles Times recommended Alaska’s Mileage Plan as a top pick for elite status for fliers in the L.A. area. As many loyalty programs cut benefits or add hoops to jump through, Alaska’s… Read More

  Today Alaska Airlines announced new enhancements to its award-winning Mileage Plan program. These changes will increase the number of miles earned by its highest-tier elite members and those customers who buy higher-priced tickets. Other changes are necessary so that Mileage Plan can continue to award miles based on the distance flown while some carriers transition to revenue-based models that consider the price of the ticket. Sometimes you book a ticket at… Read More

Though some heroes come brandishing a sword or a super power, one Alaska Airlines customer comes equipped with miles and the power of social media. When Cecily Craighill missed her flight from Atlanta to Eugene, Oregon, on a different airline, James “JJ” Durant, an Alaska Airlines MVP Gold 75K, came to her rescue on Facebook. Craighill, director of alumni relations at Emory University Law School in Atlanta, was traveling to Eugene for… Read More