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Old Oct 9, 09, 3:39 pm   #1
 
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Using Alaska miles for car rentals?

Is there a way to use AK Airlines miles for car rentals? I know there's no way to do it directly, but it's sometimes possible to go through an intermediary. Any ideas?
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Old Oct 9, 09, 8:21 pm   #2
 
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Is there a way to use AK Airlines miles for car rentals? I know there's no way to do it directly, but it's sometimes possible to go through an intermediary. Any ideas?
Yes, through www.points.com

But, it will cost you.......

Example:

A $25.00 Avis Certificate will cost you 8,015 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles.

If you have miles to burn, then maybe this is for you.
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Old Oct 10, 09, 1:20 am   #3
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Or if you win an auction with AS, rentals are often thrown in
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Old Oct 10, 09, 8:56 am   #4
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But, it will cost you.......
Its about as cost effective on spending 25K points to fly from PDX-SEA when BOS-ANC can be purchased for the same. Why not just pay for the rental? If you want to throw miles away you can always give them to me
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Old Oct 10, 09, 10:34 am   #5
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I don't specifically know exactly at what value AS miles turn into rentals, but I would not expect it to be signficantly better than how UA does it. And the other day, I just priced a 10-day rental at LAX that woud have cost about $300, and it came to 45k-ish UA miles. I've used used 25k UA miles before for a flight that would have cost $500+ on UA all-mainline and still $400+ on AS/QX (with much of it on QX), so 45k for $300ish does not seem like a good value to me at all.

However: It is still a better value than redeeming for gift cards.

And they came up with the 45k-ish by taking 4k-ish per day and multiplying it by the number of days. Since a car rental costs less per day in moeny the longer it is, it could be that miles for car rental might be a bit less ridiculous if you need a very short rental only. But I still suggest you do the above kind of math to see if it's really a good use of miles for you.

At AA, the trick to using AA miles for car rentals is to use AAVacations (and essentially book a rental-only vacation, and then pay for your vacation with miles).

Btw, one important thing to note: With both UA and AA, there's big penalties for cancelling you car reseravation, if you even can. So you shouldn't be comparing this to a car rental reservation made direct with the rental company which allows you to not show up and still not be charged, you should comparing it to making a car rental reservation with some discount broker that gets you a cheapo "use it or lose it" prepaid car rental!

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Old Oct 10, 09, 10:42 am   #6
 
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Is there a way to use AK Airlines miles for car rentals? I know there's no way to do it directly, but it's sometimes possible to go through an intermediary. Any ideas?
I think your question of how to best use AirAsia miles should probably be posted in another forum.
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Old Oct 10, 09, 12:35 pm   #7
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I think your question of how to best use AirAsia miles should probably be posted in another forum.
I was wondering how long it would take for someone to mention that.

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$400+ on AS/HX (with much of it on HX),
I don't recall AS partnering with Trans North Aviation
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Old Oct 10, 09, 10:00 pm   #8
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I was wondering how long it would take for someone to mention that.



I don't recall AS partnering with Trans North Aviation
Thanks for looking up HX, never heard of them before
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You might do better with a Priceline rental.
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