2016 year in review: Mileage Plan by the numbers

Last year was a big year for Alaska Mileage Plan members. While the airline was busy adding new benefits, members were literally flying around the world.

Over the course of 12 months, Alaska’s frequent fliers said goodbye to foreign transaction fees on their Alaska Airlines Visa Signature cards and enjoyed new perks including lower prices for award travel, increased mileage earning on select global partners, and upgradable award tickets for elite members. In the meantime, they were flying. A lot.


16,106,071: Total flights flown by Mileage Plan members in 2016. That’s more than 44,000 flights every single day.

9,310,632: Most miles earned by a member in 2016. Members earn miles by flying (with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, a mile flown on Alaska and Virgin America is always a mile earned), shopping with the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card and through hotel, car rental and everyday partners.

4: Average number of airports visited by each flier in 2016.

3: Average number of partner destinations visited by each flier in 2016.

Seoul, South Korea to Sao Paulo, Brazil: The single longest flight taken with Alaska Global Partners in 2016, with 12,120 miles flown each way. The journey took 27 hours and 40 minutes and included a layover in Los Angeles.


Los Angeles: Most popular domestic award travel destination in 2016

Maui, Hawaii: Most popular Hawaiian award travel destination in 2016.

Los Cabos, Mexico: Most popular international award travel destination in 2016.