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Fly High, Ski Free: Earn Bonus Miles with Alaska Airlines and The Mountain Collective

Mileage Plan members can now earn miles and rewards when purchasing ski passes with The Mountain Collective

by Fergus Cole

August 9, 2023

Photo: Courtesy of Maarten Duineveld / Unsplash

With the winter ski season fast approaching, Alaska Airlines has teamed up with The Mountain Collective to allow its frequent flyers to earn miles when purchasing ski passes at 24 winter destinations worldwide.

The new partnership means that Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members can now earn 5,000 bonus miles when signing up for The Mountain Collective, which offers a range of ski and snowboard passes at multiple locations across five continents.

Mileage Plan members will also get an additional 5,000 bonus miles when purchasing a season pass with The Mountain Collective and a third day of free skiing at a participating location of their choice.

Photo: Courtesy of Alaska Airlines

However, the offer is running for a limited time, and eligible members will only get the rewards if purchasing a Mountain Collective pass for the 2023-24 season between August 3 and September 25, 2023. The offer is also not valid for Mileage Plan members who have already purchased a Mountain Collective pass for the upcoming winter season.

“So many of our Mileage Plan members are avid skiers and snowboarders,” said Brett Catlin, vice president of loyalty, alliances, and sales at Alaska Airlines. “Our new partnership with The Mountain Collective is an excellent way to experience amazing resorts this winter and save money. We also love that we can get you to all of these resorts on Alaska flights or with one of our oneworld member airlines and additional global partners.”

Alaska Airlines hopes the initiative will encourage more members to fly to the many winter destinations the carrier serves. It flies to multiple airports serving winter resorts across the U.S. and Canada, including the Alta Ski Area, the Big Sky Resort, Jackson Hole, Revelstoke, Snowbird, Sun Valley, and the Taos Ski Valley. It also offers connections via its oneworld partners and other partner airlines to winter destinations further afield, such as those in the European Alps, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and South America.

Photo: Courtesy of Alaska Airlines

The Mountain Collective pass gives ski enthusiasts access to two days of skiing at each of the company’s participating resorts, which amount to 24 different destinations across five continents. With the additional day of skiing offered to Mileage Plan members, that’s three days of skiing for the price of two (plus the bonus miles).

Passes currently cost $630 for adults, $500 for teenagers (aged 13-18), and $200 for children aged 12 and under.

What’s more, Alaska Airlines considers ski and snowboard equipment as standard checked baggage, and Mileage Plan elite flyers and those with the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card can check in their luggage free of charge, meaning frequent flyers don’t need to worry about costly baggage fees for all their ski and snowboard gear.