Alaska Airlines Visa Signature launches limited-time, companion-fare offer
By Tracy Brackman | Published: May 9, 2017
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Alaska Airlines has launched a limited-time offer for its Visa Signature card. In addition to the existing 30,000-mile sign-up bonus that cardholders earn for spending $1,000 in the first 90 days, you can also earn a companion ticket at practically no additional charge when you apply during the months of May and June 2017. You are only responsible for paying the taxes and fees for the companion ticket – which start at $22.
The new promotion is an extension of the “Alaska’s Famous Companion Fare” offer, which allows cardholders to purchase a companion’s airfare for $99, plus taxes and fees. Companion fare tickets are valid on Alaska Airlines and Virgin America flights booked directly through alaskaair.com.
“For the next two months, we're taking one of our best credit card benefits and making it even better,” explained Alaska Airline’s managing director of loyalty marketing, Ryan Butz.
In addition to the reduced companion fare and 30,000-mile sign-up bonuses, the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature offers a variety of perks, including the opportunity to earn rewards on every purchase.
Cardholders enjoy the following benefits:
- 3X rewards – Earn 3 miles per dollar spent on purchases directly through Alaska Airlines and Virgin America.
- 1X rewards – Earn 1 mile per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Annual companion fare – Receive a companion fare ticket on your account anniversary each year starting at $121 ($99, plus taxes and fees that start at $22).
- Free checked bags – Check your bag, along with up to six passengers under the same reservation, at no additional charge.
- No foreign transaction fees – Pay no foreign transaction fees when traveling outside of the U.S.
There is no cap on the number of miles you can earn, and rewards do not expire.
Comparing airline rewards cards
The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature is one of a handful of airline-branded credit cards that offer a 30,000-mile sign-up bonus. See how the card stacks up next to similar cards:
|Airline-branded cards with 30k bonuses|
|Credit card||Sign-up bonus||Estimated value of bonus*||Annual bonus||Annual fee|
|Alaska Airlines Visa Signature||• 30k after $1,000 spend in 90 days
• 1 companion airfare for the price of taxes and fees (starting at $21)
|$423 (not including value of companion airfare)||Companion airfare for $99 plus taxes and fees (starting at $121)||$75|
|JetBlue Plus||30k after $1,000 spend in 90 days||$441||5,000 points||$99|
|Asiana Airlines American Express||30k after $3,000 in 90 days||$360||10,000 bonus mile certificate||$99|
|Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard||30k after $3,000 spend in 3 months||$600||Earn 10% of redeemed miles back each year||$99, $0 first year|
*Bonus value is based on our estimated value of each card’s rewards points.
As you can see, Asiana Airlines requires a higher spend threshold – $3,000 – to receive the 30,000-point sign-up bonus. The bonus is also valued at a lower dollar amount than the Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Plus cards. The Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard requires a $3,000 spend threshold as well, but the sign-up bonus value is rated the highest among these cards at $600.
On the other hand, the value of the sign-up bonuses for the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature and the JetBlue Plus cards are almost identical. The main differences between the two cards are that the Alaska Airlines card offers a discounted companion fare as part of the sign-up bonus, as well as an annual fee that is $25 less expensive. The JetBlue Plus card does, however, offer the opportunity to earn more rewards on purchases. JetBlue cardholders earn 6 miles per dollar on JetBlue purchases, 2 miles per dollar on restaurant purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else.
Flying the friendly skies
While sign-up bonuses and rewards programs are important factors to keep in mind when choosing an airline rewards card, it is also important to consider which cities the airline services. To view a full list of where Alaska Airlines flies, click here. To view where Virgin America flies, click here.
See related: Wells Fargo boosts the sign-up bonus for the Cash Wise Visa to $200, New Cathay Pacific Visa Signature card offers 25k sign-up bonus, U.S. Bank launches rewards card with 50,000-point sign-up bonus
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