It can’t hurt to take a screen shot of the offer when signing up for the card, since it isn’t intended to be marketed broadly, though I’d be surprised if there’s any difficulty in having the offer automatically honored — it’s clearly stated on the application page what you’re supposed to get.
Ben describes how he got the offer to come up (hat tipping one of his commenters): going through a purchase of an Alaska Airlines ticket either not logged in or at a minimum if logged in, without already earning points through a card, and then finding the link on the confirmation screen after you’ve purchased a ticket.
- 25,000 bonus miles on approval, no minimum spend
- A $75 annual fee but a $100 statement credit after $1,000 in purchases within 90 days
- $99+tax companion certificate, second person flies with a paid ticket and there aren’t any capacity controls – if a second seat is available in coach it’s available for the companion ticket (and both tickets earn miles). Sadly these companion tickets are no longer valid in conjunction with paid first class travel (used to be my favorite way from the East Coast to Hawaii – one paid first class ticket, the second for $99+tax.. and back in the day it was $50+tax).
It’s a Bank of America card, so not a tradeoff necessarily with cards you’d apply for from Chase. And lower mileage balances with Alaska are becoming more useful as they roll out one-way awards. Plus if you aren’t a regular American or Delta flyer you can credit travel on those airlines to Alaska and pool your earnings into a single account.
I’ve seen the card in the past with as much as a 40,000 mile bonus, though I have never seen it with a fee waiver or statement credit like this.
I don’t currently have an Alaska Airlines Visa but have had one multiple times in the past and may consider this offer the next time I’m signing up for cards if it is still around — although I would prefer a 40,000 mile bonus (incremental 15,000 miles at a cost of $100 is just two-thirds of a cent per mile).
(Note that this isn’t my link, I receive no credit if you use it.)
@Gary: FYI – You can apply for two personal card on the same day and get approved. My experience but YMMV. Two browser trick..
@Gary: Can apply for VS and AS
Looking for a publicly available link to apply via… not seeing one.
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There are two cards shown. The Classic and the Northern Lights. What is the difference and is this what the above post refers to when using the 2 browser trick?
I acquired this card in early February, but have heard it is churnable. Anyone have experience churning this card? Is it necessary to cancel the first card? How long between apps? etc.
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I’ve had probably a dozen of these cards over the last 6-8 year, currently in possession of three and Wife has 2. We fly ofter with Alaska.
The general opinion seems to be that these cards are churnable very 90 days. You don’t have to close the old card before you get the new one. There seem to be different stories on whether you should apply with your existing Alaska frequent flyer number on the application or leave it blank (and then merge the new account with your existing one later). Obviously the latter is more hassle but might be safer.
The $1,000 spend requirement is worse for this offer, normally it’s on approval of the card. Sometimes you get the miles before the card even arrives. Pass.
@Ford: $100 credit for $1000 spend is a no brainer IMHO!
Hi, I just applied for the card couple days ago without statement credit. Does Bofa usually match the offer as Chase does?
@Murtuza – what did you mean by VS and AS?
Some people go a little overboard with the insider acronyms. AS=Alaska Airlines and VS=Virgin Atlantic.
You can find the codes here:
Basically in non-code form he’s saying you can get both the BofA Virgin Atlantic and the BofA Alaska Airlines cards which I think is sort of obvious actually.
@Ford – $1,000 spend requirement is only for the $100 statement credit. 25,000 miles is on card approval.
Is this link working? I filled the app out, it never got to the “decision” page but went straight to Alaska’s website after waiting a while after I hit submit. Happened on two different browsers.
Is this a RT companion ticket?
Applied under this offer which seems to still be up and now B of A is unaware of the $100 part after I spent $1000. Sent in screen shot and current working link. We’ll see.