Credit Card Updates: Alaska Airlines with 35,000 Miles, Chase Southwest Premier with 50,000 Miles & Chase Sapphire Preferred MasterCard with 50,000 Miles

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Credit Card Updates:  Alaska Airlines with 35,000 Miles, Chase Southwest Premier with 50,000 Miles & Chase Sapphire Preferred MasterCard with 50,000 Miles

Million Mile SecretsCredit Card Updates:  Alaska Airlines with 35,000 Miles, Chase Southwest Premier with 50,000 Miles & Chase Sapphire Preferred MasterCard with 50,000 MilesMillion Mile Secrets Team

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Just a quick post to let you know of a few new offers and credit card update.  I do NOT get a referral for any of these cards, but always like to post the best links which I can find!

As always, I update the Hot Deals tab as soon as I find better offers, but blog about it later.

1.   Alaska Airlines 35,000 miles.  Jared found a link to a 35,000 mile Alaska Airlines credit card from Bank of America.  This card is reported to be easy to get again (like other Bank of America credit cards).

However, Bank of America does a bait and switch if you’re approved for a lower version of the card, so just be aware that you could get  only 15,000 miles if you’re approved for the Platinum Plus version or 13,000 miles if approved for the Preferred.

And Gary has a nice explanation of the benefits of the card and of Alaska Airlines’ partner airlines.

2.   Southwest Premier 50,000 miles.   Million Mile Secrets reader Ken (thanks!) shared a link to a 50,000 mile Southwest Airline Premier card.  I’ve long had links to the Southwest Plus card for 50,000 miles, but I haven’t seen a Southwest Premier link with a 50,000 mile bonus for a while.

The Premier version has a $99 annual fee (unlike the $69 fee for the Plus version), but offers a 6,000 point yearly bonus and does let you acquire points towards A-list elite status.

The sign-up bonus from the Chase Southwest credit card still appears to be counting towards the Southwest Companion Pass.

3.   Chase Sapphire Preferred MasterCard for 50,000 points.   On Thursday, I shared a link to a Chase Sapphire Preferred MasterCard and what I thought was a working link to a Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa card both with a 50,000 mile sign up bonus.

Readers let me know that both links were actually links to the 50,000 point version of the Chase Sapphire Preferred MasterCard.

The takeaway is that there is still a link to the Chase Sapphire Preferred which offers a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

My affiliate link offers only 40,000 points, so you’re better of with the 50,000 version.  I updated the Hot Deals tab with links to the better 50,000 point version as soon as I found out about it.  Hopefully, this will last longer than the links which appeared (and then disappeared) last week!

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Good miles to travel with

on both personal cards?

So Im able to get the bonus on both the southwest premier and the plus card?

Anyone have any experience?

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@Eric – Some folks have managed to get bonuses on both cards, but as always, your miles could vary.

Thanks Darius for the Alaska bonus update. I see a few mentioned getting both the Sapphire Visa and MasterCard but none confirmed whether the bonus will post. I have had my Sapphire Visa for 9 months, just wonder if I apply for the Sapphire MasterCard now, will I get the bonus or I will have to first cancel the Sapphire Visa then apply for the MasterCard version? Thanks for all the help 🙂

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Million Mile Secrets

@Docomo – Folks who cancelled one version and applied for the other version got the points to post. Remember to transfer your points before you cancel the card otherwise you lose the points. As always, YMMV. Good luck!

I have the alaska air card with 26k points.

I want to book a trip to Europe and need 60k points —

I have 45k points on american(so combined I should have enough) and since they are partners I figure I should be able to make this work – but I called alsask air and they said cannot combine points between partners.

Anyone have any ideas — can I do this thru american?

Thanks,

-gil

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Million Mile Secrets

@gil roeder – You have to call American Airlines to use your American Airlines miles and you have to call Alaska to use the Alaska Air miles. Alaska doesn’t allow 1 way awards, so you can book a 1-way with 30K American Airlines miles and, if you have Ultimate Rewards points, you can transfer them to United for another 1-way or use United miles for another 1-way.

You won’t be able to combine your Alaska and American Airlines miles.

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