It can’t hurt to take a screen shot of the offer when signing up for the card, since it isn’t intended to be marketed broadly, though I’d be surprised if there’s any difficulty in having the offer automatically honored — it’s clearly stated on the application page what you’re supposed to get.
Ben describes how he got the offer to come up (hat tipping one of his commenters): going through a purchase of an Alaska Airlines ticket either not logged in or at a minimum if logged in, without already earning points through a card, and then finding the link on the confirmation screen after you’ve purchased a ticket.
- 25,000 bonus miles on approval, no minimum spend
- A $75 annual fee but a $100 statement credit after $1,000 in purchases within 90 days
- $99+tax companion certificate, second person flies with a paid ticket and there aren’t any capacity controls – if a second seat is available in coach it’s available for the companion ticket (and both tickets earn miles). Sadly these companion tickets are no longer valid in conjunction with paid first class travel (used to be my favorite way from the East Coast to Hawaii – one paid first class ticket, the second for $99+tax.. and back in the day it was $50+tax).
It’s a Bank of America card, so not a tradeoff necessarily with cards you’d apply for from Chase. And lower mileage balances with Alaska are becoming more useful as they roll out one-way awards. Plus if you aren’t a regular American or Delta flyer you can credit travel on those airlines to Alaska and pool your earnings into a single account.
I’ve seen the card in the past with as much as a 40,000 mile bonus, though I have never seen it with a fee waiver or statement credit like this.
I don’t currently have an Alaska Airlines Visa but have had one multiple times in the past and may consider this offer the next time I’m signing up for cards if it is still around — although I would prefer a 40,000 mile bonus (incremental 15,000 miles at a cost of $100 is just two-thirds of a cent per mile).
(Note that this isn’t my link, I receive no credit if you use it.)