The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card is now available with a welcome bonus of 70,000 miles after $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. While I am a little hesitant to collect Alaska miles given their propensity for no-notice stealth devaluations, this offer can nonetheless be pretty valuable in the right circumstances.
The Offer & Key Card Details
|Card Offer and Details|
60K miles + Companion Fare
65k miles + Companion Fare ($99 fare + taxes) after $3K spend in 3 months$95 Annual Fee
Information about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.
FM Mini Review: Alaska miles are quite valuable so this offer is better than it appears
Earning rate: 3X Alaska Airlines ⚬ 2x gas, EV charging, local transit, rideshare, cable, and select streaming services purchases ⚬ 1X elsewhere
Card Type: Visa Signature
Big spend bonus: $121 companion pass every year after $6K spend.
Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Free first checked bag for you and up to six other passengers on your reservation ⚬ Priority Boarding ⚬ 10% bonus on earned miles with eligible BOA account
I long loved Alaska Mileage Plan miles for their terrific sweet spots and the ability to add a free stopover on a one-way award. Unfortunately, ever since they moved to a meaningless “award chart” with variable pricing (in quotations since the mileage rates listed don’t mean much), they have devalued many awards, fumbled the launch of Starlux awards, and generally eroded my faith in their continuing value with incredibly high pricing on many partner awards.
That said, there are still some bright spots to be found on Alaska partners if you hunt around enough. The welcome bonus here can be enough to fly business class to Europe or Asia and Tim recently showed how you can even get to and from Southern Africa in flat bed business class for 70,000 miles. This welcome bonus certainly can be used to excellent value even if not quite as predictably strong as in the past.
Given that Alaska does not partner with transferable points programs, the best way to earn Alaska miles is typically through credit card welcome bonuses. As Alaska bonuses go, this is about as good as it gets — so if you’ve had the Alaska Visa on your mind, this may be a good time to jump on it.
H/T: Miles Earn and Burn