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Alaska Airlines Slashes Miles Earning on Saver Fares, But Adds Some Flexibility

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Alaska Airlines Miles Earning Saver Fares

Alaska Airlines Slashes Miles Earning on Saver Fares

Basic Economy is a relatively new addition in the airline industry. They were fist introduced just over 10 years ago, and are now offered on most airlines.

Basic Economy is the cheapest airfare option for passengers and generally comes with more restrictions and far less perks and options when compared to standard economy fares.

Alaska Airlines Saver fares (their version of Basic Economy) stood out as one of the best options. While that still might be true, some changes that kick off today, sure sting for those looking to book these cheap fares. Basic fares will soon earn 70% less redeemable Alaska MileagePlan miles and 70% less Elite-Qualifying Miles. This was first reported by One Mile at a Time.

This change takes effect for booked starting today (Monday, May 22) for flights departing July 19 and beyond. For these basic Economy tickets you will only earn 30% Base miles and 30% Elite-Qualifying Miles.

But it’s not all bad news. Alaska is also making some positive changes. Saver fares booked as of July 19, 2023 will have some added flexibility. You can cancel 14 or more days before departure, and receive a 50% travel credit and 100% of applicable taxes and fees refunded.

Another positive change is that Alaska Mileage Plan Elites who book Saver fares starting today for travel from July 19, will be eligible for complimentary, same-day complimentary upgrades to First Class and Premium Class. Previously, this was not an option. They will be notified within two hours of departure if their upgrade has cleared.


There’s good and bad news for Alaska Airlines fans. The earning on Saver fares has been slashed by 70%, but you can still bring a carry-on bag and a personal item. While assigned seats are not included in Saver fares, they guarantee that children 13 and under will be seated next to at least one accompanying adult at no additional cost.

Then there are some positive changes such as more flexibility with the option to get 50% for cancellations, and the complimentary upgrades for Elites.

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  1. This is awesome. There should be zero earning on Saver fares like Delta. Saver fares are not for elite flyers or members of a mileage plan, they are for the occasional traveler. This way Alaska will be able to maintain benefits longer without a valuation for their regular and elite customers.


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