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In the rush of the holidays and a last minute trip to Ireland and Scotland I took, I forgot to actually publish this post that I wrote a couple weeks ago, but the deal is good until December 31, 2012, so I figured it was still worth getting out there!

Although some other airlines like Delta and US Airways have offered customers elite-qualifying miles for joining or renewing membership in their airline lounges lately, Alaska Airlines is offering a bonus of just regular old redeemable miles for new members of its Board Room lounge program.

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When you enroll between now and December 31, 2012, you get 5,000 bonus miles and the airline will donate 2,500 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation – so at least there’s an upside to joining and you’re doing something charitable.

Also unlike the other promos out there, this one is only good for new memberships, so renewals won’t count. New one-year memberships range from $250-$450 depending on whether this is a main account or a spouse account, and your elite status. Individuals qualify who have not been active Board Room members for 60 days prior to enrolling. Bonus miles are awarded to the new Board Room member’s Mileage Plan account – so if you buy it for someone else, they get the miles.

While there are only 5 Alaska Board Rooms – in Anchorage, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, membership also gives you access to over 50 affiliate lounges including domestic Delta SkyClub lounges.

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If you’re looking for ways to use up your $200 airline credit from your Platinum Amex, this could be an easy way to do so, though since the card already gets you access to American, Delta and US Airways clubs as well as Priority Pass Select membership, which includes Alaska Board Rooms anyway, you’re pretty much just paying to be able to bring in a guest with you for free rather than paying $27 extra for them (though many lounges allow children to enter for free).

The Platinum Card® from American Express

While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.

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