The Alaska Airlines Visa is my favorite Bank of America credit card. And an offer that many thought was dead is still around if you know where to look.
Until recently there was a 25,000 mile signup bonus that also came with a $100 statement credit when you spent $1000 on the card within 3 months.
That statement credit more than covers the card’s $75 fee. The fee isn’t waived the first year. On the other hand though, the personal card’s signup bonus often posts before your card even arrives in the mail – no purchase necessary (the business card will usually post its bonus after first purchase).
And of course the cards come with a $99+tax companion certificate — valid on any Alaska Airlines paid ticket in economy (up through summer 2012 Alaska companion tickets worked with paid first class).
While most Bank of America credit cards aren’t all that generous in either bonus or earning, their policy for approving cards and awarding bonuses is very generous:
- Bank of America will give you the signup bonus for their Alaska Airlines card (and indeed, their cards in general) multiple times.
- You can get a personal and a business card at the same time.
- You can even get more than one of the same card applying at the same time using different web browsers.
It turns out that a straight 25,000 miles isn’t the best current offer, even though the link directly to 25,000 plus the $100 statement credit is dead.
Via PointsCentric you should be presented with the 25,000 mile signup bonus plus statement credit offer while going through the process to make a reservation at AlaskaAir.com.
Choose a flight, any flight. Add it to your shopping cart.
Enter a passenger’s name – any name. Skip seat assignments and skip buying extra miles and trip insurance.
You’ll be taken to the payment page.
There are two things that may happen. If you see an ad next to credit card payments then you’ll receive a link to the 25,000 mile plus $100 statement credit offer.
If there’s no ad there you’ll see one if you scroll down further, however there won’t be a link yet – I believe the link is presented post-purchase. So you may need to try again.
Hopefully this is useful to some interested in Alaska miles. I certainly am — especially for one-way partner awards that allow a stopover, and reasonable first class awards such as on Emirates.