(EXPIRED) 10% off Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines gift cards at Costco.com ($500 for $450)

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Costco.com is offering a $500 Alaska Airlines or Southwest Airlines gift card for $449.99. If you book a lot of airfare with either airline, this could be a nice chance to save 10%.

The Deal

Key Terms

  • Limit of 10 per customer on Alaska, 5 per customer on Southwest

Quick Thoughts

It is typically difficult to get a discount on airfare. Locking in 10% off can be a decent deal if you regularly book with one of these airlines (though be aware that you’ll be sacrificing a credit card bonus category on airfare and potentially travel protections). I typically try to make sure that I pay at least a portion of my fare on a card that covers trip delay / protection (cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Preferred or the Ritz-Carlton Visa Infinite offer travel protections when you pay for part of your airfare on the card).

Costco previously offered this deal on Alaska Airlines gift cards for quite a while. It’s great to see the deal come back. One thing I like about Alaska Airlines gift cards is that I believe they still work in conjunction with an Alaska Airlines companion certificate (which otherwise requires paying with an Alaska Visa).

The best card to use is likely the Point Debit Card since the Point card is currently offer 5x points (worth 5% back) at Costco on up to $1,000 in purchases during the current offer period. That’s another $22.50 back on a $500 gift card for a net cost of $427.49. That’s a solid discount.

H/T: GC Galore

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Matthew

BTW, this deal is back. Last time it took 14 hours to get the e-certificate, let’s see how long it will take today. Hopefully not too delayed being Sunday, but Costco does say “Codes Deliver Within 24-48 Business Hours (Additional Processing Time Required on Holidays and Weekends)”

Robert

I’m going to buy some of these as the deal is back now. Also note that gift card purchases count toward the Executive costco 2% back as well. Sure, I’m passing up points if I paid cash to Southwest but 12% off is hard to pass up!

Melinda

If you purchase the Alaska Gift Card from Costco with a Capital One card, will it code as travel so that you can get a statement credit for travel expenses? I am guessing not, but thought I would see if that has been done. Thank you.

Melinda

That’s what I figured. Thank you.

japlok

Rookie here…will the SWGC purchase count towards Companion Pass spending?

japlok

Sorry for the badly worded question…told you I was a rookie. And yes, you did answer my question. Thank you!!!

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Dave B

Thanks for another great article! Do you think the BOA Cash Rewards MC would count this as warehouse spend, triggering 5.25% back (with the 75% account bonus)?

BML

How can I use it in airfares lower than $500 but still get some travel protection? Can I pay partial gift card and partial Amex plat or CSP?

BML

That is just brilliant! Thanks! I also plan to use Costco GC or $500 VGC at checkout! I love Alaska, their credit is transferrable, very flexible.

Mike

Alaska fares are consistently more expensive on popular routes so the 10% discount is not worth it

Mike

Good point. Maybe my data point is unique to the cities that I travel to.
Thanks for sharing this deal. Its like a 10% hedge on future travel as air fares are surely going to go up when the pandemic subsides.

Great blog by the way. I am frequent reader. Pls keep posting