Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards® or 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs.
The Alaska Airlines Visa’s introductory offer has long hovered around 25,000 miles.
You can do a bit better by getting a $100 statement credit on top of the miles via an offer that’s not widely publicized.
But it’s briefly been available for 50,000 miles, last seen publicly around December 2014, and some people have received targeted offers in the interim.
Other airline credit cards regularly raise their bonuses to 50,000 miles or more, but so far Alaska hasn’t participated in over a yar.
Now, Alaska has made it clear it does plan to increase the bonus on the card. As of May, the base offer is expected to increase to 30,000 miles with a spending requirement of $1,000 in 3 months, up from no spending requirement for the current 25,000 mile offer.
That comes from Alaska Airlines’ annual report to shareholders, and it makes the new offer comparable to other airline cards like the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select and Gold Delta SkyMiles American Express that also stand at 30,000 miles.
The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature offers a lower annual fee than major airline cards at $75. It also offers:
One question is whether Alaska and Bank of America will choose to use limited time offers bigger than the base 30,000 miles to attract new signups.
If they want to go all the way to competing directly with the major airline cards, they’ll have to get into that habit.
And as Alaska and Bank of America get a better sense of the response to the 30,000 mile offer, they might choose to up the total miles offered later in the year for a limited time.
It’s become harder to rack up a lot of miles via applying for this card for other reasons, so more aggressive offers will be welcome.
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