For those that want to fly economy domestically in the US and Canada, there is some good news for those with Alaska miles. Alaska Airlines have reduced the minimum number of award miles that you will need to redeem on Alaska metal flights and it is based on the distance you are flying. Here is an updated chart that I obtained from their website and the mile redemptions listed are for one way:
Although they have reduced the minimum miles you will need, they can still charge you up to 20k miles each way depending on the flight, time of year, availability, etc.
Also as Points With a Crew and Mommy Points pointed out, Alaska Airlines allows you to add a free stopover on award flights going one way. So as long as your one way trip has a cumulative distance flown under a certain threshold, you will only be charged for the rate according to the chart.
For example: Say I wanted to fly from Houston with a stop over for a few days in Seattle and ending up in Portland (IAH-SEA-PDX). Since the total distance flown is around 2,000 mi, you should be able to find flights according to the chart above for 10k award miles. And here it is:
It’s great when airlines make positive changes to their award chart instead of negative ones like we have seen recently.
If you want some ideas of how to accumulate Alaska miles, Scott at Travel Codex has written a good post of how you can obtain these miles through transfer partners.