bilt and alaska

Bilt is going out this Rent Day with its (fairly) new transfer partner, Alaska Airlines MileagePlan. I’m a huge fan of this pickup by the Bilt team as your only ways to otherwise get Alaska miles (which retains some sweet spots like being the only program that can book Starlux Airlines) are flying, dining/shopping, transferring via Marriott Bonvoy (not the best use of Bonvoy points) or a credit card like the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card.

Oh, and we might a chance to transfer in Amex points to Alaska MileagePlan in a roundabout way if the Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines merger completes, which it looks like it will. I they do, there should be a brief window to transfer from Amex to Hawaiian and then Hawaiian would convert to Alaska – hopefully 1:1)

There are two major offers going on with Bilt for this, but pay attention because they are just a bit less generous than previous Rent Days with similar deals and so you need to be careful you know the specifics. 

Bilt –> One Day Transfer Bonus

Like all Rent Day deals, this is one day only – technically 27 hours since they make sure people from NY to California can participate in their time zone on the 1st of the month.

“On July 1, you’ll receive a bonus on Bilt points transferred to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan with your bonus percentage based on your Bilt Elite Status as of July 1, 2024:

Bilt Status Transfer Bonus
Bilt Platinum Members  100% Bonus 
Bilt Gold Members 75% Bonus 
Bilt Silver Members 50% Bonus 
Bilt Blue Members* 25% Bonus 


Your bonus will be based on your status as of  7/1. Note that Bilt Status updates are reflected up to 96 hours after any earn action. 

*Blue members must transfer a minimum of 2,000 Bilt points. Taxes, fees and carrier-imposed surcharges apply to reward flights and vary according to choice of cabin, departure airport, destination and date(s) of travel and are subject to change. Reward flights are subject to availability. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan membership required to book reward flights.

The transfer bonus is live July 1st from Midnight ET until July 2nd, 2:59 AM ET. Transfer bonuses will be given on the first 50,000 Bilt Points transferred for each Bilt member. Cumulative transfers of more than 50,000 Bilt points to Alaska Airlines miles during the transfer window will not be bonused and will be processed as 1:1 transfers to Alaska Airlines miles.”

Notice that a) the top bonus (for Platinum) tops out at 100% as opposed to previous top bonuses of 150% and b) you will only get that bonus on 50,000 Bilt points maximum.

I’m Platinum so I do plan to transfer 50,000 Bilt points for 100,000 MileagePlan miles. They don’t expire and I’ve generally gotten great use of them (my last two redemptions were for Starlux Business Class – review coming – and LATAM Business Class to Machu Picchu).

Elite Status Match

“From June 25th to July 1st, Bilt Platinum Members will be able to activate Alaska MVP Gold Status and Bilt Gold Members will be able to activate Alaska MVP Status, both with the transfer of 10,000 Bilt points to Alaska. Alaska Mileage Plan status will be good through December 31, 2024. To activate this offer, you must transfer 10,000 Bilt points to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan from the dedicated elite status pages.

The 10,000 Bilt points you transfer in order to activate status are not eligible for the Alaska Airlines Transfer Bonus offer and will not be counted towards the 50,000 point bonus limit. Terms apply.”

Pretty cool. This will give you oneworld Sapphire status which confers the following benefits when flying a oneworld airline like Alaska or American:

  • Access to Business Class lounges (excludes domestic US itineraries)
  • Access to Business Class priority check-in
  • Access to preferred or pre-reserved seating*
  • Priority on waitlists and when on standby*
  • Priority boarding
  • When you fly on oneworld member airlines, you can check-in an extra baggage for free, in addition to your ticketed baggage allowance.***
  • Priority baggage handling**

It’s a shame this is only a 6 month match, but I’ll definitely use my Platinum status with Bilt to grab MVP Gold with Alaska just in case it comes in handy despite generally flying AA. Hey, a client could stick me on AA without knowing me having a chance to scream “Nooooo!” and then at least I’d have the (admittedly limited) benefits 😉 

But MVP Gold also confers 4 upgrade certificates. You need the space to be available (which can be tough) and book a slightly higher fare, but when it works, it works really nicely. I did have MVP Gold status in the past but when they pulled out of the NY-LA route, I had to give it up.

All of the other Rent Day benefits (like double points on everything up to a 10,000 maximum) will apply on July 1st.

Apply for the Bilt card to earn points for paying your rent without any transaction fees.


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