There is a new offer out on the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card that’s good for 72,000 miles and a Companion Fare code after $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. I’m definitely lukewarm on Alaska miles given the recent “award chart change” that effectively eliminated its award chart, but I imagine we will continue to see some opportunities to get great value for a while yet to come.
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Alaska Mileage Plan miles were long among the most loved and highly valued individual airline miles thanks to former sweet spots like Cathay Pacific business class to/from much of Asia for 50K miles each way, Fiji Airways or Qantas business class “down under” for 55K miles one way, and other great deals in both business and first class.
Unfortunately, as they initially unveiled partner award charts one by one as they integrated with oneworld, those individual partner award charts with new partners were pretty awful. Eventually, they unified everything under one award chart with “starting from” prices that supposedly give you an idea as to the potential starting price of an award ticket, though the reality is that we found some awards that priced more cheaply than the chart — it’s really not a very valuable tool for predicting award chart prices (and as Alaska convinces us of that, it will be all the easier to charge more and mile miles and say that awards can more or less be whatever price they say on any given day.
That said, when the award chart disappeared, I said that I’m sure we’ll continue to see some opportunities for decent value for some time to come. And the Alaska Companion Fare can still be a great benefit — though note that while you’ll get a Companion Fare after meeting the minimum spending requirement, you’ll only get one at anniversary if you spend at least $6,000 on the card during your cardmember year.