In November, my wife and I flew Emirates First Class to the Seychelles. We had used Alaska miles for the flights, which ended up being quite the trip. We ultimately flew from New York-JFK, to Milan, Italy-MXP, to Dubai, UAE-DXB, and finally to the Mahe, the Seychelles (SEZ). The itinerary was less than stellar, and in the meantime we’ve developed an interest to visit the Mauritius, which is served by the Emirates A380 (I’m still trying to figure out why).
How to make it happen
So, off the start: I don’t have the miles. Before I start planning for my method of earning the miles, I checked Alaska’s award chart:
As you can see, its 200k miles per person, round-trip, so I need to get 400k Alaska miles to make this work. I could do it slightly cheaper at 160k per person, round-trip on BA, but then I’d be paying nearly $1,000 in taxes, fuel surcharges etc, which I’m morally against.
Best way to earn
I don’t know, so, by all means, leave a comment if you have a better way. Here’s what I found from some searching today on the Alaska Mileage Plan Mall a couple jumped out at me. Magazines.com at 15x, and Finish Line at 16x.
So, I did some searching, and came up with a few calculations:
A few caveats:
- Magazine.com is viewed as the cost of the subscription.
- The Garmin; I assumed selling at the same price, so I estimated FBA fees (this doesn’t include tax or shipping fees, so it would definitely be more).
- The Shark Classic Digital Watch would actually net me a profit (although I didn’t estimate tax or shipping fees).
Where does that leave things
I’m not really sure that I’m ready to pull the proverbial trigger yet. I need to do some more research, I feel like there has to be a better way out there (other than applying to an Alaska Airlines credit card).
So I suppose, file this under: TBD.
How do you most efficiently earn Alaska Miles?