Save Miles Booking American Airlines Award Flights With Alaska Airlines Miles!

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The fun part of this hobby is figuring out the best way to redeem miles for award flights.  I wrote about using Etihad miles to book discounted American Airlines award flights.  But, there’s also another option!

Via MileValue, you can use Alaska Airlines miles to book American Airlines flights using the old award pricing.  This is great because you can earn Alaska Airlines miles from the Bank of America Alaska Airlines card and by transferring Starwood points!

Saves Miles Booking American Airlines Award Flights With Alaska Airlines Miles

Use Alaska Airlines Miles to Book American Airlines Award Flights for Less!

I’ll explain how to book award flights on American Airlines using Alaska Airlines miles!

Save Miles Booking American Airlines Award Flights

Link:   American Airlines Award Chart  

Link:   Alaska Airlines Award Charts

American Airlines started using a new award chart in March.  But Alaska Airlines still uses the old American Airlines award chart, which in many cases has lower award prices!

For example:

One-Way From the US to Europe in First Class

  • 85,000 American Airlines miles, or
  • 62,500 Alaska Airlines miles

One-Way From the US to Japan & Korea in Business Class

  • 60,000 American Airlines miles, or
  • 50,000 Alaska Airlines miles

One-Way From the US to South America (Region 2) in Coach

  • 30,000 American Airlines miles, or
  • 20,000 Alaska Airlines miles (off-peak)

You can also save miles on other coach, Business Class, and First Class award flights!

And you can use Alaska Airlines miles to book discounted off-peak coach award tickets with more flexible dates.

For example, American Airlines no longer offers discounted coach award tickets for off-peak travel dates from the US to southern South America.  But, if you book through Alaska Airlines you’ll get off-peak discounts for travel from March 1 to May 31 and August 16 to November 30.

This means you’ll have more flexibility and you’ll save miles!

Sample Flight – New York (JFK) to Rio de Janiero

I searched Alaska Airlines for award flights from New York to Rio de Janiero in August 2016 (off-peak season).

Saves Miles Booking American Airlines Award Flights With Alaska Airlines Miles

Looks Good! Award Seats Are Available Using Alaska Airline Miles on an American Airlines Flight!

The results show one-way award flights available for 20,000 Alaska Airlines miles in coach and 50,000 Alaska Airlines miles in Business Class.

But if you book the same flight through American Airlines, you’ll need 30,000 American Airlines miles in coach.

Saves Miles Booking American Airlines Award Flights With Alaska Airlines Miles

It Costs 10,000 More American Miles to Fly From New York (JFK) to Rio de Janeiro in Coach During Off-Peak Season

And it costs 57,500 American Airlines miles in Business Class.

Saves Miles Booking American Airlines Award Flights With Alaska Airlines Miles

Business Class From New York to Rio de Janeiro Costs 7,500 Miles More Using American Airlines Miles Instead of Alaska Airlines Miles

Finding Available Award Seats Using Alaska Airlines Miles

It’s easier to find available American Airlines award seats using Alaska Airlines compared to Etihad.

Because you can search the Alaska Airlines website and filter results by airline.

First, enter your travel information.

Saves Miles Booking American Airlines Award Flights With Alaska Airlines Miles

Enter Your Departure and Destination Cities and Search Alaska Airlines for Award Flights

Then, you can filter the results to view American Airlines flights.

Saves Miles Booking American Airlines Award Flights With Alaska Airlines Miles

Alaska Airlines Award Flight Search Results Allow You to Filter by Airline

You can also book American Airlines award flights directly on Alaska Airlines’ website, so there’s no need to call in your reservation like with Etihad.

Earn Alaska Airline Miles

Link:   Bank of America Alaska Airlines

You can earn Alaska Airlines miles by signing-up for the Bank of America Alaska Airlines card.

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this offer, but we’ll always share the best deals with our readers!

Or you can transfer Starwood points to your Alaska Airlines account.

Remember, for every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer, you get a 5,000 mile bonus.

If you don’t have the Starwood American Express Preferred Guest personal or small business card, you can currently earn 25,000 Starwood points as a sign-up bonus after you’re approved and meet minimum spending requirements.

Bottom Line

Using Alaska Airlines miles to book American Airlines award flights can save you thousands of miles!  You’ll also have more flexibility to book off-peak coach award tickets.

You can search available American Airlines award seats and book directly on the Alaska Airlines website.

You can earn Alaska Airlines miles with the Bank of America Alaska Airlines card or by transferring Starwood points.

Let me know if you book an American Airlines award flight using Alaska Airlines miles!

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4 responses to “Save Miles Booking American Airlines Award Flights With Alaska Airlines Miles!

  1. Great promo for Alaska but the problem is AA has drastically reduced the number of saver flights available and those are the only ones you can book using either Alaska or avios

    I am sitting on a bunch of both and availability is terrible to use and book AA flights

    Something needs to give soon

  2. What’s the better value, transferring 50k Starwood points to Alaska to book 3 off-peak saver awards from US to South America, or using 90k AA miles for 3 tix (would be 81k AA miles after 10% rebate)?

  3. Peggi Billman

    I got the BofA Alaska Air card because it was advertised that you could use those miles for AA flights but I can’t search AA ROUTES on Alaska to determine if I can use them on an AA flight or not; only if I have a specific city. So far, none of my specific cities come up as a possible route to use my points. Guess I have to keep checking but I’m concerned I’ll lose my miles

  4. Is it possible to get multiple BA Alaska Air credit card for the 30,000 sign up bonus and the $100 credit on the same day? Love your site.

    Kae

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