Saturday, August 18, 2012

Fly Alaska Airlines first class for only $329

Yesterday, Gary Leff posted an incredible deal with Icelandair that can get you a first class seat on Alaska Airlines for $329 + taxes.  Icelandair, an Alaska Air partner, allows you to book a roundtrip economy or first class ticket on Alaska Air for 20,000 and 30,000 award miles, respectively.  25k miles costs $329, and Icelandair is offering a 20% purchasing bonus through September 28th, thus topping you off at 30k miles.  The remarkable thing about this deal is that not only is 30k miles Icelandair's standard redemption rate with Alaska Air (not a glitch), but it'll get you a roundtrip first class award ticket to ANYWHERE Alaska Air flies, including transcontinental routes and Hawaii.

The first class cabins on Alaska Air's 737s may be nothing to bark over, but it's in line with all the other domestic carriers' narrow-body first class cabins.  Before purchasing miles with Icelandair, be sure to check with Alaska Air to make sure that an award flight booking is available for your desired trip.  It should also be noted that Icelandair has a roundtrip requirement for award travel on Alaska Air, so 15k won't get you a 1-way segment in first.

Alaska Air first class seats

Transcontinental routes out of Seattle, Portland, and LAX may be difficult to find in terms of award availability.  However, non-hub routes like San Jose or Oakland to Honolulu, Kahului (Maui), or Lihue (Kauai) show up with extensive award availability.  Considering that a roundtrip first class flight from SJC to HNL costs ~$1,330, this is a superb deal.

Questions?  Where would you like to fly on Alaska Air first class?


  1. And next summer you can fly 7 hours direct from ANC to Reykyavik!

    Icelandair announces direct flights from Anchorage to Iceland next year
    Alaska Dispatch | Aug 24, 2012

    Icelandair, an airline based in Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik, announced Friday that it will introduce nonstop service from Anchorage to Iceland beginning in the summer of 2013.

  2. Good to know! It's too bad AS called it quits on ACV. Otherwise, you'd be able to go home to ANC in first class for $329.