Alaska Airlines’ generous stopover policy allows you to take one stopover per one-way flight, or two per roundtrip, without adding any cost to your ticket. The best part is that the rule also applies to domestic flights, not just international itineraries. In this post, we’ll look at how to take advantage of these rules to visit three destinations in the U.S. for the price of one round-trip award flight.
A stopover is when you make a stop en route to your final destination that’s longer than four hours on a domestic flight, or 24 hours on an international flight.
Making a stopover in Seattle on your way to Anchorage is easy since it’s Alaska Airlines’ main hub, and many flights are already routed through it. But what if you want to make a stopover in a city that’s a bit out of the way, like Portland, Oregon?
Here’s our sample itinerary:
- New York to Anchorage with a stopover in Seattle
- Anchorage to New York with a stopover in Portland
First, go to the Alaska Airlines website, and sign in.
Click on the “book” tab, and select “flights.”
On the next screen, check “multi-city” and check “use miles” on the left. Then select “miles only” from the drop-down menu on the right. Enter your flight information, and hit “find flights.”
Select your flights, and click “add to cart.” The lowest redemption level for these flights is 12,500 miles.
The next screen will show the final itinerary and cost.
For the total cost of 25,000 miles and $11.20 in taxes and fees, you can visit three great cities: Portland, Seattle and Anchorage. That’s the same cost as a direct flight to just one of them. The cash price of this ticket is $971, which gives you a value of almost 4 cents per mile. That’s a fantastic deal.