Visualizing the new Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan award chart


Among the many changes announced earlier this week for the Alaska Airlines MileagePlan program was new distance bands for award pricing. The program now offers four different starting prices for awards seats on flights operated by Alaska Airlines, with the rates determined by the distance between the airports. I’m a visual guy and a fan of data so, not surprisingly, I decided to render the new charts on maps.

All the destinations served in the new Alaska Airlines/Virgin America route network. Click an airport to see all the non-stop routes available and award prices.
All the destinations served in the new Alaska Airlines/Virgin America route network. Click an airport to see all the non-stop routes available and award prices.
Load up the site and you’ll see all the airports that Alaska Airlines and Virgin America serve. Click on a city and the map will update to show all the nonstop routes served from there and the starting price for an award trip to that destination.

Sample of the award rate starting prices for non-stop flights from PDX
Sample of the award rate starting prices for non-stop flights from PDX
Keep in mind that these are starting prices and that award rates will vary based on whatever unpublished parameters MileagePlan chooses. But it is a start.

Alaska Airlines' MileagePlan program has a whole bunch of routes under 700 miles. That a lot of opportunities for 5,000 point rewards.
Alaska Airlines’ MileagePlan program has a whole bunch of routes under 700 miles. That a lot of opportunities for 5,000 point rewards.
I’ve done similar for Avios, United MileagePlus and American AAdvantage awards as well.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .

13 Comments

  1. Neat. As a resident of MSP, I’ll point out that you have SEA-MSP at 10k, when it prices at 7,500. 1399 miles! MSP-PDX is the full 10,000.

  2. Thanks for putting the mapping tool together–it is great. And this is a nice enhancement to my favorite frequent flier program (easy for us in Seattle). Unfortunately, Alaska is not offering their new mileage-based pricing to Hawaii. These remain with the same fixed-priced redemption values.

  3. Just a note that I don’t think Hawaii, Mexico and are included in this, they have a separate award chat. Still good news for me being seattle based.

  4. Since the pricing on AS is by total distance flown, not by segment like BA, a chart of non-stops matters only for itineraries originating or ending at a hub. Knowing you, I suspect you’re already working on a chart that will be valuable for situations involving connections.

    1. I believe that the AA map link to PDX fails because there are no AA metal routes short enough to qualify. I can fix the UI to reflect that better but that’s why it is happening.

      Not sure what I did to break the UA page but it is definitely broken. I’ll get that fixed.

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