[Limited Time] 30K Alaska Airlines Visa Credit Card & Free Companion Ticket
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The Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa credit card is currently offering an increased sign-up bonus of 30,000 miles for the personal credit card. The bonus has historically been 25,000 miles. The card also a free companion fare for $0 (plus taxes of $22) after making $1,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening. The companion fare historically has cost $100 so this offer is the one you want to apply for.
You will also receive a free checked bag and 3 miles for every $1 spent on Alaska Airlines tickets (1 mile for every $1 on all other transactions). There are also no foreign transaction fees, so you can use it anywhere in the world.
Thrifty Tip: The annual fee is $75 but after you earn the sign-up bonus miles, your miles are safe in your Alaska account. You will not lose your Alaska miles if you choose to cancel before the 2nd annual fee hits.
There is no question that Alaska miles are some of the most valuable in the points game. Even if you don’t fly Alaska Airlines often, their miles offer incredible value for all of Alaska’s redemption partners. Last year, Mrs. TT & I flew first class on the Emirates A380 (the plane with the shower and bar) from Washington, DC to Barcelona, Spain with a four-day stopover in Dubai, UAE using Alaska miles. We outlined how this can be done in a post from March. Even after the 2016 evaluation, this is still an incredible use of Alaska miles. Below, I’ve laid out several of our favorite uses of Alaska Mileage Plan miles.
Emirates First Class Flights
Even after the Emirates devaluation last year, this is still a top aspirational trip. If you have Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) points, these can be transferred at a 20% bonus into the Alaska program, making this redemption more attainable. It’s worth it to save up your miles for the 180k Europe or Asia award because you are allowed to a do a stopover in Dubai and then continue on to your final destination.
Thrifty Tip #1: Want to Visit Dubai? Alaska allows you to build a stopover in Dubai into any of their Emirates award redemptions. This essentially gives you two trips for the price of one!
Flights to Hawaii on Alaska Metal
Alaska has some of the most extensive Hawaiian routing if you are flying out of the continental US with multiple non-stop options into all four of the major airports in the state (HNL, OGG, KOA, LIH). Most of these can be booked for 22,500 Alaska Miles one-way. Below is a screenshot from the Award Calendar for next November from Minneapolis to Honolulu.
Cathay Pacific First Class Flights to Asia
Another great way to use your Alaska miles is for First Class flights on Cathay Pacific. However, Cathay flights cannot be booked on the Alaska website so you will need to call to book these awards. If you want to research options before calling, you can do so by using the British Airways Avios redemption tool. Any flights on Cathay that appear here should also be available to book with Alaska miles. You can book first class flights to Asia for 70,000 miles one-way. As with most Alaska awards, you can build in a stopover at no extra charge.
American & Icelandair to Europe
Choose your favorite airline to get you to Europe. Multiple airlines offer nationwide nonstop flights to Europe. Economy is only 20,000 miles one-way and Business class starts at only 50,000 miles, which is cheaper than many other rewards programs.
Fiji Airways Business Class to Fiji
Fiji is a bucket list location in the South Pacific. The problem with the island is it’s very hard to reach on points. Luckily Fiji Airways has partnered with Alaska, and offers nonstop flights from LA and Honolulu to Nadi, Fiji. I did a quick search and you can get from Minneapolis to Nadi, Fiji for only 40,000 in economy one-way or 55,000 miles in Business class!
Qantas Flights to Australia
Although availability can be tough to come by, booking flights to Australia in business class can offer great value and can typically be done for 55,000 miles. You may struggle to find more than 1 seat if traveling with a companion, but if you can find availability, this is a tremendous value.
You can also use Alaska Mileage Plan miles to book award travel on all of their partner airlines which are listed below:
One of the best benefits of Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan is that even if you don’t fly Alaska Airlines, you can earn Alaska miles on all 15 of their partners. This includes several domestic airlines, including American, and many international carriers, including British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Emirates. All you need to do is include your Mileage Plan number in your reservation.
Alaska Mileage Plan miles are some of the most valuable miles for the many reasons mentioned above. Being that the airline doesn’t currently belong to any alliance, it can pick and choose their partners which in turn offers tremendous value for consumers. There’s also a business version of the card with the same 30,000 mile offer! With the new increased offers, now is the time to start stockpiling Alaska miles.
Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card
- 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days! (Increased from 25k)
- Free Coach Companion fare! (Typically costs $100)
- Earn 3 miles per $1 on Alaska Airlines flights, vacation packages, cargo and inflight purchases, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all your other purchases.
- New—free checked bag for you and up to six additional passengers on your reservation.
- Low annual fee of $79
- Coach Companion Fare every year from $99
- Redeem miles for award tickets on Alaska Airlines, or towards travel with more than a dozen global airline partners including American Airlines and British Airways