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Higher 30,000 Mile Bonus for Bank of America Alaska Airlines Card Coming in May

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Via Doctor of Credit, the Bank of America Alaska Airlines card will have a higher sign-up bonus of 30,000 Alaska Airlines miles starting May 2016.

You can use Alaska Airlines miles for award flights on Alaska Airlines.  Or any of its airline partners, including Air France, Emirates, and LAN Chile!

Higher 30,000 Mile Bonus For Bank Of America Alaska Airlines Card Coming In May
Redeem Alaska Airlines Miles on Several Interesting Partners, Including Emirates! Starting in May 2016, You’ll Earn 30,000 Alaska Airlines Miles When You Open a Bank of America Alaska Airlines Card

I’ll explain how this compares with the current offer.  And if you should wait until May to apply!

What’s the Deal?

Link:   Bank of America Alaska Airlines Card

Link:   My Review of the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Card

Doctor of Credit reports Bank of America will increase the sign-up bonus on the Bank of America Alaska Airlines card to 30,000 Alaska Airlines miles upon approval starting May 2016.

You can currently earn 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles when you’re approved for the Bank of America Alaska Airlines card AND you’ll earn a $100 statement credit after spending $1,000 on purchases within the 1st 90 days of account opening if you’ve never had the card before.

You’ll also get:

  • 3 Alaska Airlines miles per $1 you spend on Alaska Airlines
  • 1 Alaska Airlines mile per $1 you spend on everything else
  • A coach Companion Fare certificate each year (your companion travels with you on a paid ticket for $99 plus tax)
  • 1st checked bag free for yourself and up to 6 companions traveling on the same reservation

The $75 annual fee is NOT waived.  But the $100 statement credit easily covers it.  You’ll also have access to Visa Signature benefits.

This card has a 3% foreign transaction fee, so it’s not a good card to use abroad.

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this offer, but we’ll always share the best deals with our readers!

Should You Wait for the Higher Offer?

Link:   How to Use Alaska Airlines Miles

There’s no word on when (or if) there will be a $100 statement credit with the new offer.

So it comes down to whether you’d rather have a $100 statement credit now.  Or 5,000 extra Alaska Airlines miles later.

If you want to earn more Alaska Airlines miles, you might decide to wait.  That’s because Alaska Airlines miles are valuable for award flights domestically and abroad.

But, you might consider applying with the current offer if you want:

  • The $100 statement credit
  • To use the $99 companion fare before May 2016
  • To check lots of bags on Alaska Airlines flights before May 2016

So consider any upcoming travel you may have.  And choose the offer that’s right for you!

Again, Emily and I don’t receive a commission on the current card offer, but we’ll always let you know about the best deals!

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.

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@Billy Bob – have you heard any more about this idea of taking the miles back? Scary…

Bank of America reported to me that they will attempt to subtract your sign-on bonus if you close the Bank of America Alaska Air account: See chat transcript below, especially the sentences in bold, highlighted font.

After the chat below ended, I went to Twitter and confirmed through Alaska Air that Bank of America does not have the authority to remove miles from one’s Alaska Air account.

However, this did not stop Bank of America from attempting to coerce me into paying the $75. See below. This is a transcript from an actual B of A chat on their website after logging into my B of A credit card account.

I plan to try again to close this account, and will once again ask them to confirm this information in the face of being told that they don’t have the authority to pull/subtract miles from someone’s Alaska Air account.


Welcome to an online chat session at Bank of America. Please hold while we connect you to the next available Bank of America Online Banking Specialist. Your chat may be monitored and recorded for quality purposes. Your current wait time is approximately 4 minutes. Thank you for your patience.

Thank you for choosing Bank of America. Amanda is ready to assist you. For security purposes, please remember to close your chat window when completed.

Amanda: Hello! This is Amanda, here to provide you with nothing but excellent customer service here at Bank of America. How are you doing on this wonderful Sunday? How may I be of assistance with your personal credit card today?

Me: Hello

Me: I am ok. How are you?

Amanda: I’m doing great thanks for asking.

Me: I just received some information from B of A which I believe was factually incorrect.

Me: I need clarification.

Amanda: Absolutely! How may I assist you today?

Me: This is about my Alaska Air credit card ending in XXXX.

Amanda: Okay!

Me: I got this card a year ago. It had an attractive sign­on bonus I was offered, and I got it.

Me: I used it.

Amanda: Great!

Me: However, I also have a business, and I have the Alaska Air business card now.

Me: So I have two.

Me: Are you with me so far?

Amanda: Yes I am with you.

Me: ok

Amanda: For your business account I will need to provide you with the number to our Business Card Department.

Me: So, I chatted to ask about a retention offer to keep the personal card, for which I was just charged $75. Keep in mind that I already have the business card, so I was feeling that I didn’t need two.

Me: No, this is about the personal card.

Amanda: Okay!

Me: My first inclination was to close the card and have the $75 refunded.

Me: Or ask for a retention offer.

Me: Can you do either?

Me: With regard to my personal card ending XXXX?

Amanda: Please allow me a moment while I bring up your account.

Me: Thanks

Amanda: You’re very welcome!

Amanda: What I can do is close the account for you and waive the $75.00 Annual Fee.

Me: Yes. I understand that.

Me: However, here’s what I was told.

Me: When I received this card, I was awarded 25000 miles. They are sitting in my Alaska Air account and I have not used them.

Me: I got those miles one year ago.

Me: They are not expired.

Me: They are not used.

Me: They are available for use at

Me: Are you with me so far?

Amanda: If I were to close the account you would lose the miles I can get you the link to the Alaska Airlines Website.

Me: So, let me clarify:

Me: If I close this account today, I will lose the 25000 sign­on bonus which I got one year ago.

Me: Those miles will be removed from my Alaska Air account.

Me: Even though they were put in there one year ago.

Amanda: Yes that is correct!

Me: At present, I have about 55000 miles in my Alaska Air mileage account. Please clarify: you are saying that if I close my Bank of America Alaska Air account today, the 25000 miles I received as a sign­on bonus, one year ago, will be subtracted from my balance, so I will only have 30000 miles left in my account. Is that right?

Amanda: All the miles that you have on the account you will lose if you close the account.

Me: But I have another card. Are you saying that I will lose ALL 55000 miles? I am not closing my Alaska Air mileage account. I am asking about closing my Bank of America Alaska Air credit card.

Me: Please confirm / define your “All the miles”.

Me: What do you mean exactly by “All the miles”?

Me: Are you still there?

Amanda: Yes I am still here.

Amanda: If you were to close your personal account you will lose only the 25000.

Me: I see: I also used the card from June 2015 to June 2016 and earned approximately 1000 miles for usage. Would I lose those too?

Amanda: Yes if there from your personal account.

Me: I earned them from the personal account, so yes.

Me: Finally, can you confirm this: If I close my personal account today, the sign­on bonus that I received one year ago of 25000 miles will be removed, subtracted, from my Alaska Air account. Please confirm that is the policy as of June 12, 2016.

Amanda: Yes that is correct!

Me: Can you please provide me with the link to the policy stating this?

Amanda: I apologize for the delay. I’ll be with you shortly.

Me: ok, thanks.

Amanda: There is no link that states this.

Me: Is this a new policy?

Amanda: I can send you the discloser for when you close the account it states there if you do not use your points/miles you will lose them.

Me: Yes, please send that.

Amanda: Absolutely!

Amanda: Your account will be closed within 24 hours, so please be sure to make other payment arrangements with any merchants you have scheduled or pre­authorized payments with. If you want to reopen the account in the future, you may be advised to apply for a new account. All mobile credit numbers linked to this account will be deleted from the associated mobile devices. Any linkage to your checking/money market accounts for Overdraft protection will also be removed. Unfortunately, you’ll lose any rewards associated with this account. Would you like me to redeem your rewards now? For customers with outstanding balances: If you have an outstanding balance, your security deposit will be applied to the remaining balance within 7­10 business days. If you have a payment due prior to that timeframe, please continue to make at least the total minimum payment due to avoid any late fees. Please continue to make your required minimum payment on any remaining balance until the account is paid in full. For customers with no outstanding balances: If there is no outstanding balance we will return the security deposit to you within 14 business days.

Me: Please do not close my account/

Me: I have not consented to closing it.

Me: Thanks.

Me: I need to think about it now.

Amanda: You’re very welcome!

Amanda: I will not be closing the account.

Me: ok ­­ thanks.

Amanda: You’re very welcome! Is there anything else I may assist you with today?

Me: No ­­ the information you provided was very unusual and useful.

Me: But I don’t need anything else. Thanks.

Has this materialized yet? All the offers I’ve clicked on have been for 25k points.

@VI – I haven’t seen that offer in a couple of years. Here’s hoping it comes back again!

@Nick – Fingers crossed that the rumors are true!

@ToddC – I don’t think you have your cancel your current card. You could always try again in May and see what happens!

@Kris – Maybe not so many this time!

@dotcombomb – It depends on where you want to go. And if you want to fly on Alaska Airlines or 1 of their partner airlines. Here’s my post about how you can use Alaska Airlines miles:

I believe they usually pull from Experian. But they regularly pull from all 3 main credit bureaus.

@Lee – Here are my award booking guides and links to award booking services that can help you with your flights:

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