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Want to use miles to travel on Hainan Airlines?
Alaska Mileage Plan and Hainan Airlines, which calls itself China’s “only 5 star airline,” partnered up last year to let you earn Alaska miles on Hainan flights.
According to Mileage Plan phone agents, the award price for a North America to Asia award is:
That matches the rate for Cathay Pacific awards with Alaska miles, which are the most favorably priced on the Alaska award chart, which is good news.
But searches online show the taxes and fees are higher than typical Cathay awards, at around $200 one way.
Hainan has a lot of destinations within China, but there are a few interesting destinations outside of China like Phuket and Bangkok.
But it’s not nearly as useful as Alaska’s partner Cathay Pacific which serves Africa and Australia via its Hong Kong hub.
Award availability is pretty wide open though, like this search for two people from San Jose to Beijing.
Hainan does serve a few cities that don’t normally get much nonstop service to Asia like San Jose and Boston, and it flies a mix of 787 Dreamliners and Airbus A330s with lie flat seats in Business Class, though they’re in a crowded 2x2x2 configuration which isn’t the most 5 Star worthy.
So while the cash charges on top of the mile price aren’t great, the overall value and convenience is pretty good and a nice addition to Mileage Plan.
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