Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
The Alaska Airlines Visa has often has a special deal that gives a $100 statement credit plus 30,000 miles for signing up and meeting spending requirements.
That’s better than the standard deal that offers 30,000 miles, but no statement credit when you get a new card.
It’s not widely marketed, so the deal could disappear again at any time. And aside from a 50,000 mile deal that’s being targeted in the mail to chosen members, it’s currently the biggest publicly available deal for the card.
Is the deal worth it?
On its own, it’s not the most exciting offer.
There is a $75 annual fee that’s not waived. Though the $100 statement credit offsets most of that.
Alaska Airlines miles are great because you can use them on so many partners.
They are just about the only way to fly on Emirates using miles at reasonable prices.
And they let you work on one free stopover on awards, even one-way awards.
What intrigues some is that Bank of America has historically allowed more than one personal account per person, the logic being it’s a way to keep your expense types separate. And that also lets you earn more than one mileage bonus.
That said, there has been some abuse of that provision, and there are reports Alaska itself has terminated Mileage Plan accounts of some members who opened an excessive number of accounts in a short period of time.
So tread carefully.
But if you’re trying to be reasonable, use the offer as part of your travel rewards strategy.
The fine print is below (note the language about an IRS 1099 form is boilerplate in place for all Bank of America cards):
Bonus Miles Offer. You will qualify for 30,000 bonus miles upon approval of a Visa Signature® account, 5,000 bonus miles upon approval of a Platinum Plus® account or 3,000 bonus miles upon approval of a Classic account. Bonus miles and card enrollment benefits will be credited to your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ account approximately 2-3 weeks after approval. Passenger is responsible for all applicable taxes, fees, surcharges and applicable checked baggage fees. The value of this reward may constitute taxable income to you. You may be issued an Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 (or other appropriate form) that reflects the value of such reward. Please consult your tax advisor, as neither we, nor our affiliates, provide tax advice.
Statement Credit Offer. You will qualify for a $100 statement credit if you use your new credit card account to make any combination of Purchase transactions totaling at least $1000 (exclusive of any fees, returns and adjustments) that post to your account within 90 days of the account open date. Limit one (1) statement credit per new account. This one-time promotion is limited to new customers opening an account in response to this offer. Other advertised promotional statement credit offers can vary from this promotion and may not be substituted. Allow 8-12 weeks from qualifying for the statement credit to post to your account. The statement credit will generally be applied to your existing balance with the highest APR before being applied to any balances with lower APRs. Receipt of a statement credit does not affect your responsibility to pay your Total Minimum Payment shown on each Statement you receive from us. The value of this reward may constitute taxable income to you. You may be issued an Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 (or other appropriate form) that reflects the value of such reward. Please consult your tax advisor, as neither we, nor our affiliates, provide tax advice.
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