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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card

Alaska Airlines miles are some of the most valuable miles out there (2 cents a piece in my most recent valuation), and one of my priorities this year has been to build up my bank of miles to redeem for some incredible redemptions (like my recent Emirates First Class trip home from Mumbai via Dubai for just 90,000 MileagePlan miles). One of the easiest ways to rack up miles on the cheap is via their Bank of America credit card, which I picked up in my most recent round of applications. The offer is technically targeted towards elite member, but I ended up getting all 40,000 miles after $10,000 in spend (there is also an offer for 30,000 miles after first purchase):
Alaska 40k Benefits

Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature
Current Bonus: 40,000 miles when you spend $10,000 in 6 months (25,000 after account approval and 15,000 more after spending $10,000 within 6 months)
Benefits: Earn 3 miles for every qualifying dollar in purchases of Alaska Airlines tickets, Vacation packages and Cargo purchases, and earn 1 mile per $1 on everything else. Coach Companion Fare every year from $118 (USD) ($99, plus taxes and fees from $19).
Annual Fee: $75 annual fee, not waived

 

40k bonus points posted without fail
40,000 point bonus points posted without fail.

I am not an elite Alaska Airlines member and my 40,000 bonus miles just posted, so I can confirm this offer worked for me. If you can swing the full $10,000 in spend, then I think this is one of the top deals out there- especially if you value the $99 coach companion ticket (which must be redeemed for Alaska operated flights). I’ve also heard you can get this card multiple times, so stay tuned because my next round of applications is happening soon!

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 americanexpress.com/hc. Terms apply.
  • There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195.
  • Terms and limitations apply.
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Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
N/A
Annual Fee
Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195.
Balance Transfer Fee
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Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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