As an expat based in India for the most part of last decade, I have narrowed down on ways to effectively use miles to enjoy luxury vacations from the subcontinent without breaking the bank.
I hope everyone enjoyed my previous post about using American’s AAdvantage program on flights to and from India.
Despite the fact that there is no Oneworld partner airline based in India, I try to be loyal to both American Airlines as well as Alaska Airlines, two U.S. airlines that have fantastic award charts for those living in India. This might come as a surprise to some, given the diversity of frequent flyer programs out there, but stick with me. I would like to throw light on the Alaska Mileage Plan and the value it offers from the Indian Subcontinent.
Using Alaska Mileage Plan miles from India
Alaska Airlines is my second favorite frequent flier program after American AAdvantage when it comes to award travel. Its partner award chart offers fantastic value in both Coach and Premium cabin travels, particularly when used with top-notch partners like Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways and Qatar. Here are some exciting opportunities presented by Alaska Airlines for people based in the Indian Subcontinent.
India to Europe on Finnair (Added Recently)
Considering Europe is about seven to eight hours from India’s major cities, the rates from India to Europe are remarkable. Finnair award seats appear when using the ‘Use Miles’ search check box on www.alaskaair.com.
- Economy – 25,000 miles one-way
- Business Class – 45,000 miles one-way