Alaska Airlines Visa 50,000 Mile Sign-Up Bonus

The Alaska Airlines Visa seems to be offering an increased sign-up bonus right now of up to 50,000 miles. You earn 25,000 miles upon approval and an additional 25,000 miles after making at least $1,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of the account open date. The annual fee on the card is $75, which isn’t waived the first year.

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This offer does technically seem to be targeted, though in practice with Bank of America if you’re approved you typically get the bonus, so I’d feel pretty safe applying even if you weren’t targeted (though that’s not a guarantee). The T&Cs do state this as well:

*Bonus Mile Offer: This one-time promotion is limited to new customers opening an account in response to this offer and is valid for a limited time by invitation only. This offer is not valid for customers that have applied for this product in the last 12 months.

That’s interesting, because historically the Alaska Airlines Visa Card is extremely churnable, and you can apply and be approved every few months. So I don’t know if the above restriction will actually be enforced, or whether that’s just boilerplate language. I probably won’t apply, since I picked up another one of these cards with a 30,000 mile sign-up bonus just last month.

Personally I love the Alaska Airlines Visa and keep multiple of them. Just for having the card you get a $118 companion ticket, and when using it the companion is still eligible for mileage accrual and upgrades. That companion certificate more than justifies the $75 annual fee for me year after year.

Alaska Mileage Plan miles are incredibly valuable for travel on Cathay Pacific and Emirates, as they allow one-way awards on both carriers, and even allow stopovers on one-ways. So this is an offer I’d definitely recommend taking advantage of if you can.

(Tip of the hat to Gary)

Comments

  1. I just opened my Personal Biz Alaska Air card 4 1/2 months ago. I just sent an email to cancel the card today. First off, will my alaska air miles be clawed back even though I already received the miles in my Alaska Air Mileage account? I just opened a new Alaska Biz card a month ago so going to keep it. is the fine print for “not valid for customers applying for this card in last 12 months” ONLY for the Personal card?

  2. I have 1 I got three months ago and was going to apply for another this week. Would I be better off just getting the 25k one that is churnable instead of taking a chance on this one?

  3. @ Douglas — I’d suggest waiting for some more data points and seeing if others that applied recently also managed to get approved for this offer.

  4. I applied on the 30,000 offer 3 weeks ago and amazingly got approved instantly today on the 50,000 offer. This is now my 3rd BOA card.

  5. @lucky, what’s the advice if you already have an alaska card. Should I use the same Mileage Plan acct number or do I need to create a seperate acct and merge them later?

  6. @ turgutbey — Based on the reports above it doesn’t seem necessary to change the Mileage Plan number. Lots of reports of success using the correct number above.

  7. I did not call to confirm the 50k bonus. Sounds like a good idea for tomorrow. I submitted my application with no mileage number just to be safe. Alaska will merge the accounts as needed. I I have done that before also

  8. Got approved for this card this morning. Called last night to confirm the bonus even with a NY address, which they did confirm. Asked again this morning to which the agent said whatever the bonus was on the promotion should apply.

  9. Got approved for the 40,000 offer a few weeks ago where you get $25,000 bonus miles then have to spend 2k/month to get the rest. I just applied for this one and got turned down. The BofA reps do not seem to even understand the current promotion I’m in.

  10. Confirmed a 50k bonus on my card with B of A last week. Today the first 25k posted to my account. I haven’t even received the card yet. This is my 2nd card in 2 months. Whew, that was quick

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