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Update: This offer is no longer available.
- 25,000 miles on approval
- Another 25,000 miles after spending $1,000 within the first 90 days
50,000 Miles Alaska Visa
This is a great offer for 50,000 miles!
But note that Bank of America may approve you for a different version of the Alaska Air card and give you less than 50,000 miles.
- 25,000 miles if approved for a Visa Signature card
- 5,000 miles if approved for a Platinum Plus card
- 3,000 miles if approved for a Preferred card
Also note that you don’t get the extra 25,000 miles if you’re approved for a Platinum Plus or Preferred card.
I really don’t like it when banks reserve the right to give you fewer miles, but don’t tell you upfront which offer you qualify for!
There is a $75 annual fee which is not waived with this offer. And there is a 3% foreign transaction fee so you shouldn’t use it outside the US.
This 50,000 miles offer may be targeted because the landing page states, “Through this exclusive invitation only offer.”
So even if you apply and are approved, it is possible that you may not get the bonus miles if you were not targeted. That said, Bank of America usually honors applications which have an active landing page!
But I don’t know how long this offer will last.
The offer also states that it’s for new customers and is not valid for customers who have “applied for this product in the last 12 months.” In practice, many folks get the bonus again on Bank of America cards.
You get a $99 companion ticket (plus taxes and fees) every year with the Alaska Air card. So someone can fly with you for $99 + taxes to any destination which Alaska Air flies. The companion ticket is only valid in coach, but it can be a good value depending on how you use it.
For example, if you wanted to fly from Austin to the Big Island of Hawaii in June 2014, a coach ticket costs ~ $1,162 for 1 person.
Using your companion ticket you can get 2 tickets for $1,326 ($1,162 for the ticket + $99 Companion Ticket + ~ $65 taxes for the Companion Ticket) or $663 per person. And both you and your companion earn miles on the ticket!
You can also use Alaska Air miles on partner airlines such as American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Air France, LAN, etc.
You can get 50,000 miles and a $99 Companion Ticket on the Alaska Air card. This is the best offer which I’ve seen on the Alaska Air card!
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