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Last week, Delta launched a promo from its new quasi-hub in Seattle where SkyMiles members could earn double award miles on flights between Seattle and San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles now through October 31, 2014 (travel must be booked by December 31, 2013). In response, it looks like Alaska has launched its own competing promo offering double elite-qualifying miles on flights between Seattle and the cities of Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Oakland (OAK), San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC) and Santa Rosa (STS).

Screen shot 2013-10-22 at 10.26.46 AMTo earn the bonus,  register your Mileage Plan number  prior to your first qualifying flight, and travel between October 22, 2013 and May 31, 2014. Flights must be marketed and operated by Alaska Airlines and must be non-stops to/from those cities. Flight miles must be credited to your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan account in order to earn the double EQM’s, so no crediting your flights to partners American or Delta. All travel must be completed by May 31, 2014.

While the length of this promo isn’t as long as Delta’s, there are no terms that state you have to book your travel within a certain time frame that’s shorter than the entire promo window, so there’s a bit more flexibility here, and I’ll take elite-qualifying miles over regular old award miles any day, especially when Alaska has such great partner airlines you can redeem your miles on including Emirates, Cathay Pacific and Qantas.

You should also be able to stack this promo with Alaska’s other current promo where you can earn 10,000 bonus miles after 3 roundtrips from Seattle to Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco, or 5,000 bonus miles after 2 roundtrips.

It looks like Seattle is the place to be this fall and winter as Delta and Alaska battle it out for dominance and flyers get to reap the benefits.

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.

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More Things to Know
  • Receive 25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • No matter where you're traveling, when you use your Premier Rewards Gold Card there are no foreign transaction fees from American Express.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 a year in baggage fees and more at one airline.
  • Get a $75 hotel credit on qualifying charges, plus a room upgrade upon arrival, if available with The Hotel Collection at Terms apply.
  • There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195.
  • Terms and limitations apply. See Rates & Fees
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Regular APR
Annual Fee
Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195.
Balance Transfer Fee
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Excellent Credit

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