Alaska Gives Every Employee Miles So They Can Learn How Tough They Are To Use [Roundup]

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  1. great headline LOL – I have been trying to use Alaska miles for about 7 years, I think I booked a one way flight once where AA had availability for a portion of my miles. I have passed up on many cc offers because of this. My spouse also still has 30k miles we can’t ever seem to use.

  2. You think those miles cost that much?? Surely not, especially since breakage is huge. Probably half that

  3. Agree with Hawaii being too expensive. Groceries were so expensive, we only made note of the price of anything when it was reasonable price.

  4. Hawaii car rental costs are astronomical. We finally used Turo to get someone’s private car for a few days, since Hertz et. al. wanted well over $600. Turo is NOT ready for prime time, and the “operators” on it are running scams. I’ve used it twice with mixed feelings. Caveat emptor, YMMV!

  5. Just wait till they try and book a flight on British Airways and they learn they must pay $800 in garbage fees.

  6. Another reason to never visit Hawaii…. the government went full Nazi during the scamdemic. And I know some of you Branch Covidians here were some of their biggest cheerleaders. YOU SUCK!

  7. @JL100 (and @Gary, if serious and not just trying to be glib)

    You must be doing it wrong 😉
    I’ve had great luck with Alaska redemptions over the years. First/biz class on JAL, First/biz class on CX, First class to Hawaii…not to mention the occasional 5k coach short haul. The quality of redemptions varies widely depending on the carrier, as the different airlines have different and sometimes excessive charges (looking at you Malaysia).

  8. As a budget conscious traveler, I consistently use Alaska miles on AA metal to fly R/T Europe twice per year from W Coast.
    Use the BofA Visa Sig for 1st checked bag free.

    Don’t even think about using the BA partner option. Lo mileage requirements, but HUGE fuel surcharges. What is up with BA? The Empire has ended guys.

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