Bank of America is offering a 40,000 mile signup bonus on the Alaska Airlines Visa: 25,000 miles on approval and then 15,000 more after $7500 in spend within 6 months of account open. $75 annual fee not waived the first year.
I’ve only seen a 40,000 mile signup bonus on this card once before (albeit that was with no spend requirement). The standard bonus is 25,000 miles on account opening.
Alaska partners with several members of Skyteam and of oneworld, and has a new partnership with Emirates and Icelandair. Their award chart is generally reasonable and fuel surcharges apply only on British Airways awards. The only real drawbacks are that there are no one-way awards on partners, that you cannot mix and match different partners on a single award either so you have to fly the same partner (with connections on Alaska flights permitted) in both directions.
This card also comes with a $99+tax companion ticket which is valid for use on any paid coach fare. Sadly the companion tickets are no longer useful on paid first class fares.
Bank of America cards are generally churnable, I’ve had more than one Alaska card in the past.
The best card offers are usually from Chase, American Express, and Citibank. Good offers from other issuers — like Bank of America, Barclays, etc. — are really useful when planning a credit card churn.
No referral credit for me on this one, and would certainly have cracked yesterday’s top 10 credit card signup bonus list.
(HT: Online Travel Review)