Update: The welcome offer on the personal card has dropped, but the 60k offer on the business card is still available.
There are two great offers now available for Bank of America’s Alaska Airlines credit cards. The personal card offer is for up to 67K miles, but it requires $8K spend. The 60K business card offer meanwhile requires only $3K spend. Both include a companion fare ticket where you can book a flight and add a companion for only $99 plus taxes & fees.
The Offer & Key Card Details
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Even though we’ve been getting spoiled by 100K and larger offers (see: Greg’s Top Picks), these offers are very good for Alaska Airlines. Alaska currently has some terrific sweet spots in its award chart — like business class to Asia on Cathay Pacific for 50K miles one-way (and you could get a free stopover in Hong Kong on a one-way trip).
Other notable sweet spots include Japan Airlines first class for 70K each way to/from Asia, Cathay Pacific first class all the way to South Africa with a free stopover in Hong Kong for 70K miles one-way, or 55K miles in business class to/from Australia (which could be done on Fiji Airlines with a free stopover in Fiji).
Keep in mind that Alaska did slaughter its Emirates award chart overnight and without notice years ago, so while I’d like to believe that they won’t change the current award chart without notice, I can’t say that with confidence. I’m personally sitting on a nice balance of Alaska miles and expect that they will still be valuable, but it is questionable proposition.
A bigger question on my mind regarding the current offers is whether we’ll see even better offers soon. As I mentioned earlier, many other airline and transferable point cards are offering welcome bonuses of 100K points or more. Historically, Alaska offers have been lower than competing programs (for good reason considering the high value of their miles), but the gap is now larger than usual. We’ve seen some targeted Alaska 80K offers recently. I’d bet that we’ll see 80K or more as public offers before the year is done.