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About a week ago, there were reports of a great two-tiered welcome offer on the personal Alaska Airlines credit card which was giving up to 65,000 miles and a Companion Fare when spending $8,000 in the first six months.
The downside was that this increased offer was targeted, but in these trying times (Trademark – every TV ad everywhere) Bank of America has decided to spread the joy by making this the public welcome offer.
The Offer & Key Card Details
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|Card Offer and Details|
60K miles + Companion Fare
65k miles + Companion Fare ($99 fare + taxes) after $3K spend in 3 months$95 Annual Fee
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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
A 65,000 bonus mile welcome offer is the best we’ve ever seen on the personal Alaska Airlines credit card. As mentioned earlier, this is a two-tiered offer as you’ll receive 40,000 bonus miles and the Companion Fare after spending $2,000 in the first three months, then an additional 25,000 bonus miles after an additional $6,000 of spend (for a total of $8,000 spend) in the first six months of opening the card.
Having six months to spend $8,000 should be achievable for many people seeing as that works out to only $1,333 per month on average. The potentially bigger issue here is whether or not you’re eligible for the welcome offer in the first place.
That’s because Bank of America implemented new application rules in the last couple of years which mean you’re only eligible for an Alaska Airlines bonus provided you don’t currently have the card and haven’t had it in the preceding 24 months. I last applied for the card in 2017 and canceled it in the second week of October 2018 which means I’m currently ineligible for this offer.
The offer page states that this is an ‘Exclusive September Offer’, so we’ve marked the offer as expiring October 1. Bank of America will hopefully extend the offer through next month though as it’ll mean I’d then be eligible for the offer. I’d last signed up when there was a 30,000 bonus miles + $100 statement credit welcome offer, so I imagine several of you are in the same boat as me.
Being able to earn more than double that previous signup bonus would therefore be a sweet deal, especially seeing as Mileage Plan miles tend to be more valuable than the miles for other airlines. I don’t have any immediate plans to fly anywhere, but I’ll happily bank 73,000 miles (including the 8,000 miles earned from meeting the minimum spend) for when I’m more comfortable redeeming them.
With Alaska Airlines joining OneWorld next year there might be an upcoming devaluation, but the significantly higher welcome offer would presumably help mitigate some of those effects – if there’s even a devaluation in the first place. While a devaluation might have been more likely back when they announced it in February, that likelihood has hopefully reduced seeing as airlines have been forced to implement more customer-friendly policies such as eliminating change fees.