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Million Mile Secrets reader, Happy Tree, commented:
How do you check for available award seats when using Alaska Airlines miles for flights on their partner airlines?
Just enter your route and travel dates and you’ll see if an award flight is available on 15 partner airlines, including American Airlines, Air France, and Emirates.
Unfortunately, you can NOT use the Alaska Airlines website to find award seats on Cathay Pacific or LAN flights. But it’s still possible to redeem your Alaska Airlines miles for award flights on these 2 airlines!
I’ll show you how to find award seats you can book using Alaska Airlines miles!
Redeem Alaska Airlines Miles for Award Flights on 17 Partner Airlines
Alaska Airlines is not part of an alliance. But you can redeem Alaska Airlines miles for award flights on these partner airlines:
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Fiji Airways
- Hainan Airlines
- Korean Air
- Ravn Alaska
You can book award tickets with Alaska Airlines’ partner airlines for a ~$13 fee one-way or $25 for a round-trip ticket. The good news is partner award flights have no fuel surcharges (except for flights on British Airways).
Keep in mind, the number of Alaska Airlines miles required for an award flight varies by route and airline partner. You can find the cost of an award flight by entering your departure and destination region on the Alaska Airlines website.
How to Search for Available Seats on Most Alaska Airlines’ Partner Award Flights
Here’s a guide to finding and booking award flights on all Alaska Airlines’ partner airlines, except Cathay Pacific and LAN.
Step 1. Go to the Alaska Airlines Website and Enter Flight Details
Visit alaskaair.com and enter your origin, destination, travel dates, and number of passengers.
Be sure to check “Use Miles” to search for award flights!
I typically recommend searching for one-way award flights to make things simpler. And you do NOT need to be logged into your Alaska Airlines account (free to join!) to search for awards.
Step 2. View Available Partner Flights
Alaska will show a list of available award flights for your itinerary and dates. Filter by airline and number of stops to narrow down your results.
For example, on a sample search from Los Angeles to Dubai, the results show an Emirates flight with available award seats in coach, Business Class, and First Class.
Step 3. Select Flights and Book
Once you find the flight you want, select it and book as you normally would for any other Alaska Airlines award flight.
If you prefer to book by phone, call Alaska Airlines at 800-252-7522. But keep in mind, if the award flight is bookable online, you’ll pay a $15 call center ticketing fee.
Find Award Seats on Cathay Pacific and LAN
You can NOT see award seats on Cathay Pacific or LAN flights through the Alaska Airlines website. Instead, use the British Airways website (sign-in required). Then, call Alaska Airlines to book the flight.
Here’s a guide to checking for award seats on Cathay Pacific and LAN.
Step 1. Log Into Your British Airways Avios Account
Step 2. Search for Award Flights
Next, search flight routes operated by Cathay Pacific or LAN to see if award seats are available.
For example, I searched for flights from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. And the results show 2 Cathay Pacific flights with open award seats.
I also found an award seat on a LAN flight from Miami to Buenos Aires.
Keep in mind, the award flight cost using British Airways Avios points can be more or less than what you’ll pay booking with Alaska Airlines miles. So it’s a good idea to check the Alaska Airlines award charts to confirm the cost and compare.
Step 3. Call Alaska Airlines to Book the Flight
If the British Airways website shows there are available award seats on Cathay Pacific or LAN, you can book them using Alaska Airlines miles. Just call Alaska Airlines at 800-252-7522 and provide them with the flight details you found from your search.
Because these seats can’t be booked online, you can ask them to waive the phone ticketing fee. You might have to pay anyway, but it never hurts to ask!
Want More Alaska Airlines Miles?
A quick way to earn Alaska Airlines miles is to sign-up for:
- Bank of America Alaska Airlines cards (personal and small business) – Earn 30,000 Alaska Airlines miles after making $1,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of opening your account
Check out my full review of the card. And keep in mind it’s possible to earn the sign-up bonus on these cards more than once. But you must wait 90 days before applying for the same card product.
Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this offer, but we’ll always share the best deals with our readers!
Also remember, because of the Alaska Airlines Virgin America merger, you can transfer Virgin America points to Alaska Airlines at a ratio of 1:1.3.
Or transfer flexible Starwood points to Alaska Airlines at a 1:1 ratio, and earn a 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer.
But you won’t find available award seats on Cathay Pacific or LAN using the Alaska Airlines website. Instead, search on British Airways. Then, call Alaska Airlines at 800-252-7522 to redeem miles for your flight.
Before you search for award flights, check the Alaska Airlines award charts to confirm the cost.
And if you’re looking to earn Alaska Airlines miles, you can sign-up for the Bank of America Alaska Airlines card (personal or small business). Or transfer transfer Starwood points to your Alaska Airlines account.