Alaska Airlines Business card offering best-ever bonus: Earn 70,000 miles

Aug 3, 2022

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Not all points and miles are created equal, which is why it’s not always the shiny 100,000-point welcome bonuses that get me the most excited.

Bank of America has announced that the Alaska Airlines Visa® Business card is now offering an all-time-high public sign-up bonus of 70,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles after you spend $4,000 in the first 90 days of account opening.

This is the highest public offer we’ve ever seen on the business version of this card, and it also comes with a companion fare on account opening and each year on your account anniversary.

Let’s take a look at this new offer on the Alaska Airlines Business card and why it’s so valuable.

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New sign-up bonus on the Alaska Airlines Business card

New applicants for the Alaska Airlines Visa® Business card can earn 70,000 bonus Alaska Airlines miles plus Alaska’s Famous Companion Fare™ from $121 ($99 fare plus taxes and fees from $22) with this offer. To qualify, make $4,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of opening your account.

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TPG values Alaska miles the highest of any individual type of airline mile at 1.8 cents each, making this bonus worth a solid $1,260. You can potentially get even more value out of it, though, if you redeem these miles for flights on one of Alaska’s partner airlines, such as Cathay Pacific. A one-way, business-class award from the U.S. mainland or Alaska to Asia can include a free stopover in Hong Kong and only costs 50,000 Alaska miles.

Business class on the Cathay Pacific Airbus A350. (Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

These tickets often sell for several thousand dollars.

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Benefits of the Alaska Airlines Business card

The Alaska Airlines Business card has a $75 annual fee ($50 for the company and $25 for the first card), plus you will pay $25 for each additional card on the account. Cardmembers earn 3 miles per dollar spent on Alaska purchases and 1 mile per dollar everywhere else. Additionally, there are no foreign transaction fees and miles never expire on active accounts.

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(Photo by Eric Helgas for The Points Guy)

Cardholders and up to six companions traveling on the same reservation will enjoy a free checked bag on Alaska Airlines flights.

In addition to the one-off companion fare included in the welcome bonus, cardholders also get an Alaska companion certificate every year on the account anniversary (taxes and fees apply). The companion certificate allows you to bring a friend or family member on a round-trip, Alaska-operated flight in economy class for $99, plus taxes and fees from $22 — which can be a great strategy to get two people to Hawaii or to save money on expensive flights.

Related: How my unused Alaska Companion Fare saved a co-worker nearly $700 on summer travel

Cardholders also get 20% back on Alaska Airlines inflight purchases when paying with their new card. As Alaska Airlines is a Oneworld alliance member, you’ll also have access to booking awards with these airlines and Alaska’s other non-alliance partners. You can view those award charts by clicking here.

Another perk is that there are no blackout dates on Alaska Airlines flights when using miles or a companion fare.

As an added bonus, this small-business card won’t count against your 5/24 status with Chase, meaning that those who are interested should be able to take advantage of this offer without sacrificing their long-term credit card strategy. Here are some tips for becoming eligible for a small-business card. Before applying, make sure to check out this ultimate guide to Bank of America credit cards for any application rules or bonus eligibility checks you need.

Related: The ultimate guide to credit card application restrictions

Bottom line

70,000 bonus miles with Alaska Mileage Plan can be extremely valuable. These are some of the hardest to earn and most valuable miles out there. This offer is too good to pass up without giving it a hard look. It is the highest offer we’ve ever seen from the Alaska Airlines Business card, and it should be easy to redeem these miles for flights worth several thousand dollars.

Related: Our full review of the Alaska Airlines Visa® Business card.


Apply now: Alaska Airlines Visa® Business card.


Featured photo provided by Alaska Airlines.

Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card

Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program.

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More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy Bonus Points after spending $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 8/31/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at a participating hotel. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.
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17.99% - 26.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$125
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
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