The Best Places on Earth - NBC Bay Area

Waiting for the right time to take the trip of your dreams? This is it. With Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™, the world is yours to explore. Discover some of our top picks where you can earn and redeem Alaska miles.

CITY OF CONTRASTS / Tokyo, Japan

Loud and serene. Diverse and uniform. Mountain vistas and skyscraper forests. From neon-lit madness to chic shopping, exquisite cuisine and leafy pockets of seclusion, Tokyo has something for everyone.

Getting there: A direct flight from Seattle to Tokyo is about 10 hours (that's shorter than flying to London). Earn and use Mileage Plan™ miles when you fly Alaska's Global Partners to Haneda Airport. Award travel starts at 35,000 miles plus taxes and fees.

MOUNTAIN METROPOLIS/ Santiago, Chile

Tucked in a valley surrounded by mountain ranges, Chile's vibrant capital is the only place in the world where you can ski the Andes and surf the Pacific Ocean, all in the same day. Marvel at the city's breathtaking colonial landmarks, relax in its stunning parks and revel in its bustling markets, lively nightlife, magnificent architecture and expansive museums.

Getting there: Earn and use Alaska Mileage Plan™ miles when you fly Alaska's Global Partners to Santiago International Airport. Award travel starts at 25,000 miles plus taxes and fees.

A MEETING OF OCEANS / Cape Town, South Africa

Nestled among rolling vineyards and edged by spectacular beaches on both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, this glittering city boasts rich culture, extraordinary natural wonders, sizzling cuisine and vibrant nightlife.

Getting there: Earn and use Mileage Plan™ miles when you fly Alaska's Global Partners nonstop to Cape Town International Airport. Award travel starts at 47,500 miles plus taxes and fees.

BEST DRESSED / Milan, Italy

Modern and elegant but with an old-world soul, Italy's most cosmopolitan city sets the world's standards in fashion and design. Wander the cobbled streets and explore vintage boutiques and artisan shops, view local street art and Renaissance masterpieces and sample transformative cuisine that goes beyond traditional Italian and Milanese fare.

Getting there: Earn and use Mileage Plan™ miles when you fly Alaska's Global Partners to Milan Malpensa Airport. Award travel starts at 30,000 miles plus taxes and fees.

CITY BY THE BAY / Melbourne, Australia

Cultural influences from all over the world converge in Melbourne, resulting in an excitingly eclectic mix of dining, shopping, sporting events, live music and street art. Linger in the many beautiful parks and cafes and don't miss the sunset at St. Kilda Pier.

Getting there: Earn and use Mileage Plan™ miles when you fly Alaska's Global Partners to Melbourne Airport. Award travel starts at 42,500 miles plus taxes and fees.

SEASIDE OASIS / Agadir, Morocco

Agadir's resort-town vibe and miles of golden coastline make it a hotspot for surfers, beach-lovers and water enthusiasts. Culture-seekers will appreciate the city's lively market, while adventurers can try their hand at camel-trekking and quad biking in the surrounding desert.

Getting there: Earn and use Mileage Plan™ miles when you fly Alaska's Global Partners to Haneda Airport. Award travel starts at 45,000 miles plus taxes and fees.

THE FAIR CITY / Dublin, Ireland

Home to castles and crown jewels, literary history and a thriving tech hub, Dublin is unlike any other place in the world. Savor local prawns and artisanal cheese, down a Guinness at the establishment of your choice (the county boasts 10% of Ireland's 7000 pubs), then wander historic streets where a different story awaits at every turn.

Getting there: Earn and use Mileage Plan™ miles when you fly Alaska's Global Partners to Dublin Airport. Award travel starts at 30,000 miles plus taxes and fees.

ASIA'S WORLD CITY/ Hong Kong, China

Merging Eastern and Western cultures across 263 islands, this former British colony has grown into a colorful, chaotic and fantastic mix of towering skyscrapers and awe-inspiring mountains, exotic street bazaars and tranquil beaches. Challenge yourself on endless hiking trails, raise a glass in the world's highest bar and treat yourself to the world’s cheapest Michelin-star meal.

Getting there: Earn and use Mileage Plan™ miles when you fly Alaska's Global Partners to Hong Kong International Airport. Award travel starts at 37,500 miles plus taxes and fees.

MODERNIST MARVEL / Barcelona, Spain

Ancient and avant-garde come together in this sun-soaked Mediterranean city, where Roman ruins, trendy boutiques and some of the world’s most unique architecture can be found on the same block. Catch a street performance, view masterpieces by Picasso and Gaudi, sip a glass of Catalan cava and sample the region’s finest cheeses, charcuterie, seafood and produce.

Getting there: Earn and use Mileage Plan™ miles when you fly Alaska's Global Partners to Barcelona-El Prat Airport. Award travel starts at 30,000 miles plus taxes and fees.

THE GATHERING PLACE / Oahu, Hawaii

Go to a luau on Waikiki beach, walk through a lava tube at Diamond Head Crater or just watch the sunset from the deck of a luxury catamaran. With world-class waves, lively entertainment and outdoor activities galore, Oahu is a vacationer's paradise.

Getting there: Alaska Airlines provides over 160 direct flights to the Hawaiian Islands every week. Earn and use Mileage Plan™ miles when you fly Alaska's Global Partners to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Award travel starts at 30,000 miles plus taxes and fees.