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Big Upgrade to the Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate!

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More good news from Alaska Airlines, this time for folks who have the Alaska Airlines personal or small business cards!

Via One Mile at a Time, you can now use the annual Companion Certificate that comes with the Alaska Airlines cards on Virgin America flights!  Depending on where you fly, this perk could save you a lot of money!

Big Upgrade To The Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate
You Can Take a Companion on More Routes Around the US for Just $121 Round-Trip

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The Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate Is Now More Useful

Link:   Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate

Link:   Bank of America Alaska Airlines Card (Personal)

Link:   Bank of America Alaska Airlines Card (Small Business)

Link:   My Review of the Alaska Airlines Credit Cards

Folks can now use the Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate on Virgin America flights!  When you use the companion certificate, you’ll pay $99 plus tax to add a companion to your paid coach flight.

This certificate used to be valid only on Alaska Airlines flights (not partners).  But because of the recent Alaska Airlines and Virgin America merger, you now have more opportunities to redeem your Companion Certificate!

What Does This Mean for You?

This is great news, because Virgin America flies to areas Alaska Airlines does NOT.  So you’ll be able to redeem your Companion Certificate for more routes!

For example, you can now use your Companion Certificate for flights between Dallas and New York.  Because Virgin America flies between those 2 cities, but Alaska Airlines does NOT.

Big Upgrade To The Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate
You Can Now Use Your Companion Certificate On Every Colored Line!

More Options = Better

Say you and a friend want to book a flight from Austin to Seattle in July which cost ~$550 each.  So the total is ~$1,100 for 2 round-trip tickets ($550 X 2).

You now have 3 options for booking cheap airfare on Virgin America:

  • Spend ~51,163 Virgin America points plus tax (Virgin America points have a value of ~2.15 cents each)
  • Transfer 38,500 Virgin America points to Alaska Airlines for 50,000 Alaska Airlines miles plus tax (Virgin America points transfer to Alaska Airlines at a 1:1.3 ratio) which is enough for 2 domestic round-trip tickets
  • Save your points and buy your airfare using Alaska Airlines’ Companion Certificate for ~$649 plus tax ($550$99 companion fare)

This certificate is good for any coach ticket on Alaska Airlines or Virgin America.  It’s especially useful for expensive tickets.  And both you and your companion will earn miles for the flight!

How Does It Work?

Using the Companion Certificate is easy!  Here’s how:

Step 1.   Sign-In to Your Alaska Airlines Account and Select “Discount and Companion Fare Codes”

Log-in with your Alaska Airlines account information, and from your account find “Discount and Companion Fare Codes” in the pull-down menu.

Big Upgrade To The Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate
Find “Discount and Companion Fare Codes” in the Account Pull-Down Menu

Step 2.   Choose a Companion Certificate Code and Click “Shop”

If you have more than one valid companion certificate (if you have more than one Alaska Airlines card, you’ll see multiple codes).  Click “Shop” or copy and paste the code for later.

Big Upgrade To The Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate
Click “Shop” to Apply the Companion Fare Code

Step 3.   Check the Companion Code Has Auto-Filled Into the Search Screen

The companion code should automatically appear in the “Discount or companion fare code” box on the search screen.  If it doesn’t, you can copy and paste it from the previous screen.

Big Upgrade To The Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate
Your Companion Code Should Automatically Appear on the Search Screen, but If It Doesn’t, Just Copy and Paste It

Step 4.   Select Flights as You Normally Would

Choose your flights from the list.  You’ll see the price of the companion fare as an addition to the base fare.

Big Upgrade To The Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate
You’ll See Your Flight Options With Regular and Companion Fare Listed Together

Step 5.   Verify the Companion Certificate at Check-Out

You’ll see the regular fare, the $99 companion fare, and the total of all taxes.

Big Upgrade To The Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate
Confirm the Companion Fare Has Been Added to Your Booking

Bottom Line

If you live in one of the areas Alaska Airlines or Virgin America services, it might be worth keeping the Alaska Airlines personal or small business credit cards!

That’s because you can now use the annual Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate on both Alaska Airlines and Virgin America flights.  This means you can take a companion on a wider selection of routes to more destinations for just $99 plus tax round-trip.

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Is there a way to use Alaska Airlines certificate (deposited in my wallet) for Virgin America flights? Thanks.

I would like to use the companion fare for the first time in 3 years. My issue has been paying for the first expensive ticket. Is the a way to split payment for 1 $500 plus ticket between 2 Citi Prestige cards (2 player mode) to get 2 $250 airline credits?

I wish they would waive the baggage fees on partner flights as well!

I’d like to use Amex or Chase travel service to pay for a ticket, but I can’t find confirmation anywhere that they would be able to apply my companion cert on the reservation. Anyone have any experience with this?

I have 3 available companion vouchers on my account, but have cancelled 2 of the 3 credit card accounts. Must the card account associated with the voucher still be active to use the companion fare?

Diane,

Yes – you can use the certs even after cancelling the cards. As long as the certs haven’t expired, of course. Wondering about the value of opening a post to comments if no one at the blog is responding to any of the questions? We can always go to Reddit or Flyertalk if we’re only going to discuss these things among ourselves.