I love my Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles. They’re about the only currency I’m tempted to buy when bonus offers are around.
- They allow one-way awards on partners with an allowable stopover.
- They have reaosnable redemption rates
- You can book first class on Cathay Pacific and Emirates
Thomas W. points me to this Flyertalk thread and this one which suggests that Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is getting a lot more aggressive in its fraud department, shutting down frequent flyer accounts for suspected violations of rules.
- Accusations of selling award tickets
- Transferring in very large numbers of miles, such as from Starwood Preferred Guest
- Applying for four credit cards (and receiving their bonuses) on the same day
Legitimate transfers will get sorted out, but it’s annoying not to have access to an account for some time.
Sales of award tickets will lead to real problems, I find it’s not at all worth getting involved in miles sales. I get asked the question of whom to deal with or will I do it all the time by people who want award tickets but don’t have the miles. And I won’t go near it. The last thing I want is my accounts closed, and the people I’ve supposedly ‘helped’ stranded without tickets.
What’s interesting to me are the reports of Alaska paying attention to and cracking down on ‘tricking’ Bank of America into giving them too many credit cards and too many bonuses. After all, Bank of America allows it and buys the miles from Alaska. Plus… it’s new and different.
I do not have direct knowledge or experience with this, or several reports from readers, but it seems prudent to proceed with caution here.
- For years and years and years Bank of America would give you bonuses for their cards including the Alaska Visa, over and over and over.
- Recently folks figured out that you could scale this even more than applying for a personal and business cards every 60 to 90 days. Folks figured out you could apply for, say, four of the same cards at once using different web browsers and simultaneous submissions. And get approved for all of them, and pocket all the bonuses.
Here’s what to do if your account gets audited. Bottom-line, if it isn’t an audit by Air France KLM Flying Blue, and you’re accused of something it’s because they know you’ve actually done something. It doesn’t help to deny it. But there are product ways to approach it.
But there’s a reason why you want to go slow much of the time. Some deals you want to take advantage of big and fast because everyone else will too and it will go away no matter what you do. But when you are building up a large mileage balance you don’t want to put it at risk. Personally even if Bank of America is approving multiple cards at a time, I’d still avoid that approach at least with Alaska products, at least until we learn more whether there’s a ‘new approach’ at Mileage Plan.