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Alaska Mileage Plan devalues Japan Airlines awards with no notice

Devaluation: Alaska Mileage Plan has increased award rates on Japan Airlines flights by up to 100%, with no notice.

After keeping partner award rates unchanged during the recent adoption of a ‘harmonised’ award chart, Alaska Mileage Plan has now made an unannounced devaluation for Japan Airlines awards, sadly obliterating a raft of the scheme’s useful ‘sweet spots’.


This is clearly a very disappointing move from Alaska, not only because the airline is currently selling its miles with a 50% bonus, but also given the programme’s previous promise to provide at least 90 days’ notice of any changes to partner award rates.

As a result of this no-notice devaluation, valuable redemptions on Japan Airlines often booked by our readers have now been wiped out.