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As I wrote about last week, Alaska Airlines has a really interesting, independent frequent flyer program. They aren’t a member of any alliance, so they’ve created relationships with numerous carriers from dinky Alaskan regional airlines to British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Delta. Alaska miles are valuable because they have so many varied partners and their award chart is reasonable. Note: you cannot mix partners on Alaska and they don’t have one-way awards, but they are the only US airline to have a partnership with Iceland Air, which I find useful because Iceland is on my shortlist of future trips.

They are offering 500 free miles for new members, so you might as well sign up. Alaska is also a transfer partner of several hotel chains, including a 1:1 partner of Starwood (and you get a 5,000 point bonus when transferring 20,000 Starwood points to Alaska).

And if you actually have plans to fly Alaska, make sure to sign up for their double miles promotion between select city pairs:

Earn Double Miles between Seattle or Portland and Select Destinations

Earn Double Miles on nonstop flights between the following Alaska Airlines destinations:

  • Seattle and Austin
  • Seattle and Houston
  • Seattle and Oakland
  • Portland and Orange County
  • Portland and Phoenix

To earn Double Miles, simply register your Mileage Plan number prior to your first qualifying flight, and travel between March 15, 2011, and May 15, 2011

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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