Bank of America is now offering the Alaska Airlines Visa with 25,000 miles on approval and another 15,000 miles for spending $2,000 per month for each of the first 12 months.
It’s an interesting offer, one that’s doable to the extent you get the card and make it primary and/or pay close attention to it on an ongoing basis. It’s not a ‘get it and forget it’ way to maximize your Alaska miles.
While they’ve offered 40,000 miles in the past, the usual more aggressive offers have played around with different approaches like 30,000 miles or 25,000 miles and a $100 statement credit which is of course more than the $75 annual fee for the card.
It’s nice to see a 40,000 mile offer return, though this one probably isn’t a ‘real’ 40,000 mile offer. I understand why Bank of America wants to do this — they want to incentivize and reward customers who make use of their card a habit for an entire year, not just people who sign up to get a bonus.
As per usual with this card (and with Bank of America cards generally) the annual fee is not waived the first year.
The cards come with an annual $99 companion ticket which is a really good deal, unlike most companion ticket offers you find — there are no capacity controls, if there is a paid seat available on a flight the companion can have it for $99+tax when purchasing one paid ticket.
Sadly, of course, those companion tickets can no longer be used for a first class ticket in conjunction with a paid first class ticket. But they do earn miles!
I really like Alaska Airlines miles because they’ve begun offering one-way awards on nearly all of their partners and brought most booking functionality onto their website. Alaska partners with many of the airlines both in oneworld (like American, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, LAN) and Skyteam (like Delta, Air France, Korean) and also non-alliance airlines like Emirates. While you cannot book first class awards on either Air France or Korean (business is the highest cabin offered) you can book first class even on the A380 on Emirates — though award charts are region-specific and travel isn’t permitted to and from all regions of the world.
I won’t be taking advantage of this, I just was approved for the 50,000 mile Virgin Atlantic offer.
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