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.
That’s true despite only having a 25,000 mile signup bonus most of the time. (They did once have a 50,000 mile offer and they’ve also done 40,000 mile offers but most often 25,000 miles is best.)
There is a 25,000 mile signup bonus that also came with a $100 statement credit when you spent $1000 on the card within 3 months. And FlyerDad reminds us that it still works.
The card’s statement credit more than covers its $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).
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.
I prefer the 25k after 1st purchase especially If u have multiple cards to spend
My first HT ever–thanks Gary!
Do we have to make a purchase? I already made the $1000 required spend but haven’t paid the balance yet…
I have been waiting to get this card for a while, as I was letting some time pass between apps for the ridiculous chase application rules… and after applying for both SW cards, I am free to go on a credit card application spree – and this will kick it off perfectly!
As a useful FYI – you can use this card right after you are approved to pay for your Alaska flights, so if you are planning a paid trip on alaska its a perfect way to quickly put some spend on the card… who knows, maybe you can make the whole spend right away!
Last year, I got rejected for the card. Too many inquiries? who knows.
Anyway, it made me feel like what’s the point when AA was generous with approvals.
So I think I need more MS knowledge to make it even worthwhile to accumulate AS miles… I mean I’m scared to apply for ~1~ card so how could I possibly accumulate meaningful numbers of AS miles??
Alaska announced two changes to the card earlier this week during their investor day presentation: no more foreign transaction fee and the signup bonus will increase to 30k. No word on when those changes will roll out, but they’re coming.