The Alaska Credit Card Has A Great New Sign-Up Bonus (Including Miles For Referrals)

As I wrote about yesterday, the Alaska Visa Card is getting a new sign-up bonus as of today. Previously the card offered a 30,000 mile sign-up bonus after spending $1,000 within three months, though as of today the card is also offering a companion certificate for the first year just for the cost of the taxes and fees (you get this on your account anniversary every year, and the $99 fee is only waived the first year under this offer).

Alaska-Visa

One of the best perks of the Alaska Visa Card is that it offers an annual $121 companion certificate. It’s marketed that way because the actual cost to take a companion with the certificate is $99, plus you have to pay taxes and fees, which start at $22 roundtrip. That new offer is now live.

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However, as I explained yesterday, that’s not necessarily the best offer on the card. That’s because if you make a “dummy booking” on the Alaska website, you’ll see an offer that gives you a $100 statement credit after spending $1,000 within three months. $100 in your pocket is better than a $99 discount on the companion certificate in the future.

Combine the $0 companion certificate and $100 statement credit

The good news is that the two seem to be combinable — you can now get a sign-up bonus on the Alaska Visa of 30,000 miles, a $100 statement credit, and a companion certificate just for the taxes and fees, after spending $1,000 within three months.

To access this offer, go through the process of making a revenue booking on an Alaska flight. On the final page before you confirm your purchase, you should see the card offer for a $100 statement credit. Click that link.

Alaska-Visa

When you click that link, you’ll see that the card actually gives you everything, including the companion certificate for a $0 fare, the 30,000 miles, and a $100 statement credit.

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I don’t ever recall seeing a better offer on this card without a big spend requirement.

As I explained yesterday, I was expecting the offer to be either for the $100 statement credit or the $0 fare companion certificate, and not both, so that’s awesome.

You can also earn miles for referring friends

Alaska is also offering 5,000 bonus miles if you refer friends to the Alaska Visa Card. The catch is that this is only available for the “standard” improved offer, giving you 30,000 bonus miles plus the $0 companion ticket. You’ll get 5,000 bonus miles, but they won’t get the $100 statement credit that’s available if going through the process of booking a ticket.

If you do refer friends, the bonus miles should post within 60 days of their card approval, and there doesn’t seem to be a limit of how many bonus miles you can earn. I’d be careful about posting your referral link online, though, since the URL has the name and Mileage Plan number of the member in it.

Alaska-Referral

In the past it was possible to get multiple of these cards, though I’m not sure what the status of that is at the moment.

Anyone planning on taking advantage of this great new bonus?

Comments

  1. I went through today and got the $100 credit app but it did not also have the free companion cert.

  2. Yeah, the card you apply for one and get approve for another with completely different benefits. There are many posts on flyer talk about this. Don’t even bother with BoA is the lesson.

  3. I got both the 100 statement credit and the 0 companion fare. You have to make sure that you “dummy purchase” an ALASKA flight. Not a Virgin/partner flight or the combined offer won’t show up.

  4. Was just approved (w/16K credit line)! Did the dummy booking picking only AS flights. Series of questions online after hitting the submit button included previous employers, open accounts, mortgage payment amount, etc.

    Applied for this card several months ago but was denied, citing multiple AS cards still active. Since then I switched 1 of the 2 AS cards into a BofA cash rewards card.

    Interesting it went through this time. Maybe you can only have two active AS cards at the same time?

  5. @L In your previous denial for having multiple active AS cards, did they execute a hard pull, or was it auto-denial without a hard pull?

  6. Tried it, not sure this is a Fee waived the first year, but it says the fee is only $75:

    Get another Alaska’s Famous Companion Fare™ from $121 ($99 plus taxes and fees from $22) every year on your account anniversary valid on Alaska and Virgin America flights booked on alaskaair.com. There are no blackout dates.
    Save with a free checked bag on Alaska and Virgin America flights for you and up to six other passengers on the same reservation.
    Earn 3 miles for every $1 spent directly on Alaska Airlines and Virgin America and 1 mile for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
    No foreign transaction fees†
    Low annual fee of $75†

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