Alaska Visa 65,000 Mile Offer (Plus Companion Ticket)

Bank of America is offering 65,000 miles for a new Alaska Airlines Visa Signature: 40,000 after $2000 spend within 3 months, and 25,000 more miles after $8000 total spend within 6 months. This offer has been around since late summer.

Seven years ago I spotted a 50,000 mile offer. There is now also a 50,000 mile offer after $2000 spend within 90 days.

This is the biggest offer I’ve ever seen for an Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan card – historically bonuses have been meager, though the $75 annual fee card does come with an annual companion ticket that’s actually really useful – a second person travels for $99+tax to anywhere Alaska flies, and space is available as long as there’s another seat for sale on the aircraft.

Ongoing earn for spend with Alaska cards is weak – this gives you triple miles on Alaska purchases but just a mile per dollar on everything else. You do get free checked bags when flying Alaska Airlines of course.

When thinking about applying for this card consider:

  • Bank of America now has a 24 month rule – they won’t generally approve you if you currently have this card or have had it in the last 24 months.

  • As a bank they’ll only approve you for 2 cards every 2 months, 3 cards every 3 months, and 4 cards every 24 months.

  • Plus if you’ve had more than 2 new cards from any bank in the last 12 months they may not approve you, unless you’re a Bank of America deposit account customer in which case their limit seems to be 6 new cards in the last 12 months.

I’ve certainly had Alaska cards in my time, though do not currently have one and haven’t in the last 24 months – so this is something I’ll consider.

The value proposition for Alaska miles of course is their myriad airline partnerships and reasonable award chart. Cathay Pacific (which Alaska admittedly has less access to award seats on than other Cathay partners do) is an especially great value as is Japan Airlines.

(HT: Doctor of Credit)

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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Comments

  1. @Gary – Is there a way to see when you closed your credit card account with BOA? I looked through different credit apps and didn’t see anything that would show that. I don’t want to apply for the card fruitlessly and that’s a wonderful offer that I’d like to utilize.

  2. @Gary If we are approved, is it safe to say that we are eligible for the offer ? I don’t recall when I closed my last Alaska personal card but I just got approved.

  3. Gary, the link is not working, just gives a page that says “This card application is unavailable”.

  4. Last month, I was booking an Alaska tickeet and they offered 40k + $200 statement credit. I signed up and could use card right away online. If you try and book an alaska ticket, you will see the offer right before you pay.

  5. Does this signup bonus apply to the biz cards? Because most of us who already have personal cards would have to close the accounts and wait 24 months.

  6. FYI I’ve been approved for more than 2 cards in the past 12 months and was approved for this one.

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