Alaska Airlines giving away Miles for Working Out

Airlines are looking for ways to keep their loyal customers engage with their company, especially when times show that we simply aren’t flying as much as chances are that we won’t be any time soon. Alaska Airlines just announced a partnership with the fitness app Strava, and if you record your workouts you can earn miles while you’re on the ground.

From Alaska Airlines president Ben Minicucci:

With all these stay at home orders, a lot of you aren’t earning miles in the air, and probably exercising a lot more … I use the strava app to keep myself motivated. We’d like to ask you to join us in the Alaska Airlines Strava challenge. For a two week period, work out for 45 minutes a day, 4 days a week, and record your miles on the website or app. We’ll be giving away a total of 250,000 miles and 100,000 to one lucky winner. Think about where those miles can take you when you’re ready to fly.

Qualifying Activities

Not every activity will qualify, but there isn’t much that won’t. Check out all the different ways to earn points on the app.

  • Alpine Ski
  • Backcountry Ski
  • Canoe
  • Crossfit
  • e-Bike ride
  • Handcycle
  • Hike
  • Ice Skate
  • Inline Skate
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurf
  • Nordic Ski
  • Ride
  • Rock Climb
  • Roller Ski
  • Rowing
  • Run
  • Sail
  • Snowboard
  • Snowshoe
  • Stair-Stepper
  • Stand up Paddling
  • Swim
  • Velomobile
  • Virtual Ride
  • Virtual Run
  • Walk
  • Weight Training
  • Wheelchair
  • Windsurf
  • Workout
  • Yoga

Kudos to Alaska Airlines for thinking of some outside of the box ways to actually get you earning miles while you can’t fly. I wouldn’t mind doing 45 minutes of parasailing right now. Now if they would just count for qualifying miles…


We expect all athletes to honor the Strava Community Standards, which includes abiding by all health advisements and restrictions in your area prior to undertaking any physical activity.

If you are located in an area that does not allow outdoor activity, you may not participate except by means of virtual or indoor activity (i.e., treadmill run, Zwift ride, indoor yoga activity). Please see our blog with information about exercising during a pandemic. 

To learn more about how to use Strava, please visit the Strava Support Center. For all other questions please contact Alaska Airlines. Prize eligibility and fulfillment is at the sole discretion of Alaska Airlines.

See full terms and conditions. Winners will be selected and notified the week of June 8. Miles will be awarded into accounts the week of June 22. Everyone who completes the challenge and provides their Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan number by June 8 will be entered to win. One lucky person will win 100,000 miles, two people will win 50,000 miles and five people will win 10,000 miles––for a total award of 250,000 miles!


Author: Jon Nickel-D'Andrea

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  1. I joined the challenge. Thought it was a great idea since it also connected to both my garmin and fitbit. Thats where the great left. I was not able to have either my garmin or my fitbit info transfer into strata after making sure things were really synced up and looking as if the two apps could communicate. deleting and reloading apps to solve the issue NO DICE
    I had to manually input my info from my fitbit account. okay well Strava customer service helped me out quite a bit but not in tIme to actually register my milage number with Alaska to get considered.

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