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Alaska Airlines now letting you earn status from British Airways flights

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Alaska Airlines is a little-known British Airways partner.  Whilst it is not a member of the oneworld alliance, you have always been able to earn and redeem Avios points on Alaska (which operates in the American North West) as per this page on  It is a similar arrangement to the one with Aer Lingus.

Alaska also offers members of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan the opportunity to earn miles when flying on BA.  Since January 15th, this has been expanded.  British Airways flights credited to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan now count for status with Alaska as well.

I can see a scenario where – for a small number of people – crediting some BA flights to Alaksa might be beneficial.  This is especially true if you have already retained BA Gold for next year and so no longer need the British Airways tier points.

Why do this?  Because Alaska has an interesting range of redemption partners.

You can redeem on the usual oneworld mainstays such as American Airlines, LAN, Cathay Pacific, Qantas and of course BA.

But you can also redeem on Emirates, Aeromexico, Air France, Delta, Era, Fiji Airways, KLM, Korean and PenAir.

Most (not all) partners now allow one-way redemptions.  There are also some good deals in there – the best from a UK perspective is probably 85,000 miles for a RETURN Cathay Pacific business class redemption from Hong Kong to anywhere in Europe!

Emirates is a bit of an issue, as there is no award priced for London to Dubai.  You can only redeem from/to North America, which ironically means (if you live in the UK) having to book the Milan to New York flight I think.

You only need to credit 25,000 flying miles across Alaska and/or its partners to achieve MVP status.  This will give you a 50% mileage bonus on future BA flights credited to the programme.

Alaska may also be an option if you know you will be doing a limited amount of flying on Emirates, Aeromexico, Air France, Delta, KLM and Korean.  By crediting these flights to Alaska, you would be able to top up your account to a decent redemption using British Airways flights, or indeed a Starwood Preferred Guest points transfer.

At the end of the day, this is very much going to be a minority interest – but there will be value here for some people.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

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We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (16)

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  • James67 says:

    CX is great value in/out of HKG from just about any place via Alaskan so the program could offee excellent potential for people looking for regional in Asia or who are mixing and matching programs to put together their whole plan.

  • Phillip says:

    The fact that Delta has recently been increasing their flights on Alaska’s NW turf is clearly upsetting Alaska, who are looking elsewhere to strengthen their relationships.

  • Tony says:

    Alaska also run regular sales that allow you to buy miles at a discount. What’s more, you can keep going back as many times as you like – there’s no annual limit.

    I reckon with the sale, you can get LHR-HKG all in for about £1500 on Cathay in J. That’s no bargain especially as you earn no miles, but if you need to be out and back quickly and don’t want to be away for the weekend, it has its merits.

    AS charges taxes of c. $350 on a LHR-HKG-LHR in CX J.

  • tim says:

    Can I assume that this doesn’t work the other way round. And although I will earn Avios on my upcoming Alaska flights, I will not get any BA Tier points from them?

    • Rob says:

      Correct, unfortunately

      • tim says:

        thanks. That is what I thought.

      • tim says:

        what if you bought your ticket at I did that with an upcoming SAN-PDX-YVR flight. The first leg is Alaskan operated but my reservation has an AA flight number. The second leg is Horizon air operated and has a AS flight number

        • Rob says:

          oneworld airlines usually credit based on the MARKETING carrier, so the Horizon flight with an AS flight number should credit to BA ….

  • Jon H says:

    Alaska also status match from BA (or at least did when I tried in mid-2012). They do this up to their mid-tier MVP Gold status, which gives a miles bonus and unlimited upgrades on Alaska flights.

    Particularly worth noting if you were to redeem (avios or Alaska miles) on one of their many flights from the west coast to Hawai’i!

  • Dave says:

    Hi Raffles,

    Totally OT but what do you value HHonors points at for redemption? I was thinking about 0.05 cents.


    • Rob says:

      Yes, I agree – I work off 0.3p which is almost exactly 0.5c! That said, ‘cash and points’ usually gets you 0.5p, but a lot of hotels do not offer ‘cash and points’ as an option (and even if it does, you may want to use points to save money).

    • Sinizter says:

      £0.003 or thereabouts.

  • Rob says:

    If they let you book Emirates flights ex Europe, which they don’t, this would be fantastic!

    • thesaver79 says:

      “One particular sweet spot for Europeans is Cathay Pacific redemptions between Europe and Hong Kong – 42,500 miles in Business Class and 70,000 miles in First Class. With this offer, you’d be buying those 42,500 miles for less than £550!” (from

      • thesaver79 says:

        Raffles, do you think this is as good as it seems?

        • Rob says:

          Fundamentally, yes, it works nicely if you need that particular redemption (double-check the numbers first). Not sure what Cathay availability is like, although of course you could use any European departure city so I’m sure you’d get something.

          Unsure what taxes Alaska adds on top of Air Passenger Duty, if any.

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