40,000 Alaska Air Miles!

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There’ve been a lot of new credit card offers this week, including the 100,000 Citi Executive card and the $250 American Express SimplyCash card after completing the minimum spending.  But here’s another one, via The Points Guy.

You can get 40,000 Alaska Air miles with the Alaska Airlines credit card after spending $10,000 in 6 months!

Update:  It looks like the last 15,000 miles is only if you’re an Alaska Air elite member!

40,000 Alaska Air Miles

40,000 Alaska Air Miles!

You get:

  • 25,000 miles on approval
  • Another 15,000 miles after spending $10,000 within the first 6 months

40,000 Miles Alaska Visa

Link:  40,000 miles Alaska Air Card 

This is a great offer for 40,000 miles!  Alaska Air recently had an offer for 50,000 miles, but that lasted only ~2 weeks!

But note that Bank of America may approve you for a different version of the Alaska Air card and give you less than 40,000 miles.

You’ll get

  • 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 15,000 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.

Terms & Conditions

This 40,000 miles offer may be targeted because the landing page suggests that it is only for Alaska Air elite members.

MissMiles points out that the terms SPECIFICALLY mention that the last 15,000 miles are only for Alaska Air elite members.

So even if you apply and are approved, it is possible that you may not get the bonus miles if you were not targeted.

But I don’t know how long this offer will last.

The offer also states that it’s for new customers only.  In practice, many folks get the bonus again on Bank of America cards.

How to Use Alaska Air Miles?

See this post for 10 ways to use Alaska Air miles!

Bottom Line

This is a pretty good offer for 40,000 Alaska Air miles.

I like that you get 25,000 miles immediately, but have 6 months to complete the $10,000 minimum spending requirements for the remaining 15,000 miles.

But be careful, because the terms suggest that you get the last 15,000 miles only if you’re an Alaska Air elite member.

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16 Responses to 40,000 Alaska Air Miles!

  1. i think it is $10,000 in the first 6 month, not 3 months

  2. Ugh… just got approved for the 25k version day before yesterday. I imagine I’ll have my hands full meeting my concurrent 10k AA spend. BoA isn’t very good about matching are they?

  3. Daraius – the T&C states:

    “New Visa Signature cardholders that are also Alaska Airlines Elite Mileage Plan members (MVP, MVP Gold, MVP Gold 75K) at the time of qualifying will receive 15,000 additional miles after making at least $10,000 in net purchases in the first six months of account open date.”

    Seems like you have to be elite to even qualify for getting the 15k miles. If you’re not elite, what do you think are the chances of BofA still giving the miles?

  4. MissMiles asks a very good question, one which I am surprised was not addressed in your post. On the surface, it looks like this is the normal 25K offer for everyone who is not elite.

  5. I just received an email for 30k miles after approval. I think that is a better deal than 40k after $10k in spend. I can think of several other cards I would rather put $10k on.

  6. What is a elite member?

  7. @Omar – Thanks!

    @Gaurav – They aren’t.

    @MissMiles @Paul W – I”ve updated the post to mention that. If BOA matches elite status, you may not get the miles.

    @ Marianna – It is someone who flies a lot with a particular airline.

  8. I received an offer for 25k miles after first purchase plus 5k for being a BofA customer. No min spend mentioned. Not taking advantage of it given that I just applied for the AA Exec card for 100k miles, but it’s time to chill out from card apps in prep for a first time mortgage application at the beginning of next year….

  9. I just got the same offer that Ben got in my email today, Alaska and BoA are killing me with these multiple offers. I called to see if they would match and they asked me to complete a second application (even after telling them I just got approved for the same card!!). Let’s see how it plays out. Best case, I get two, worst case, I’m no worse off than getting the card that was approved day before yesterday.

  10. Is this card churnable, as was the old BOA Hawaiian Airlines card ?

  11. There are other 40k offers out there. I don’t think any of them are any good though. I would rather churn the 25k card. Here is a list of other offers. http://www.portlandtraveltips.com/2013/12/23/how-to-earn-alaska-airline-mileage-plan-miles-lots-of-them/

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  13. Gaurav

    BOA also suggested that I apply for a second card when I asked to be matched to a better offer and they even removed the annual fee on the first. In the end, I kept the bonus of the first offer + the higher bonus of the better offer and only one annual. And all of it thanks to Daraius.

  14. So, just as a data point. I got the 30k offer in my email shortly after I applied for the regular 25k offer and was instantly approved. I called to try to match but they had me apply for a second card. Just got a call from a credit analyst who approved me for the second personal signature card. Applied for a business card on the same day so I should end up with 80,000 Alaska miles with the upfront annual fees for the cards. Not a bad tradeoff I think.

  15. @do it–wish I would have seen your message about the fee waiver, didn’t think to ask for that and they didn’t offer it to me.

  16. My husband has elite status so he signed up. No email or anything confirming. But got a litter and today 25k showed up in his account. Might not even do the spend not sure it’s worth is since he has a lot of Alaska miles anyway but just FYI for people!

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