Looks like Bank of America (finally) jumped on the changing category spend bonus bandwagon. They introduced a promo for their Alaska Airlines Signature Visa cardholders, which nets you 3X the miles spent on qualifying entertainment purchases. So the next time you go check out that new flick at the movies, (this includes major chains such as Regal, and AMC), play a round of golf at the country club, or just fancy up yourself, with a manicure or pedicure, you get 3X the miles when you use your card for purchases I will not be letting my wife know about this deal, as it could be dangerous to our bank account. However, its nice to know that you can finally use your Alaska Airlines Visa card, and not just store it in the drawer after getting the sign-up bonus. If you have the card, check your email for the offer.
If you don’t have this card, you should try to get it, as Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles are some of the best out there. Upon approval, you get 25,000 miles and a $110 companion ticket you can use. They partner with Emirates, and you can redeem Alaska miles for flying their amazing first class!! I also have a link for the card offer that will give you a statement credit of $100. That will offset the $75 annual-fee for the card. As of today, the link is still good and the offer stands, so if you want it, get it soon! You snooze, you lose! Happy Travels.
Alaska Airlines has re-introduced their online shopping portal – Mileage Plan Shopping. This is a great way to rack up Alaska Airlines miles, for online shopping that you would normally do. Just log into the portal, and start shopping. Most of the famous retailers are available at the portal, such as Home Depot, Nordstrom’s, Groupon, and much much more… This is a great way to double dip on mileage, and if you have the Alaska Airlines VISA card, it’s even better, because you get more miles. Currently they are running a ‘grand opening’ promo, in which you get 250 miles for signing up for their emails, and then an additional 500 for your first purchase from the mall, for a whopping 750 miles!! I know..I know..that’s not a lot, but consider this –those free miles, could also save your existing miles, if they are about to expire. Also, the holiday season will creep on us soon, so this is a great way to do your gift shopping, and score something for yourself!
Once again, Alaska Airlines is offering a bonus 40% on gifted or purchased miles. Simply put, for every 1000 miles purchased, you get an additional 400 miles. Although not as lucrative as US Airways bonus of 100% bonus on purchased miles, still not bad, considering they are Alaska Airlines miles, which are pretty useful. Alaska Airlines is partners with some of the most awesome carriers (to be covered soon in a post). Miles can be redeemed on SkyTeam carriers such as Delta and Air France, as well as OneWorld carriers such as Cathay Pacific and American Airlines. Don’t forget they recently partnered with Emirates. The offer ends April 26th, 2013, so hurry if you want to top off your Alaska Mileage Plan. Award tickets at Alaska Airlines for Hawaii usually go for about 40,000 round trip. I personally won’t be purchasing any Alaska miles, simply because if I get their credit card, I can get 25,000 Bonus miles after approval. Although there is a $75.00 fee for the card, I still come out on top.