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Review: Is the Alaska Airlines Credit Card worth the $75 fee?

Pros

Annual companion ticket. Receive an annual coach Companion Fare from $121 (USD) ($99 base fare plus taxes and fees, from $22 depending on your Alaska Airlines flight itinerary).

Lots of partners. You can use Alaska miles to fly on many airlines, including American, Delta, Cathay Pacific, Air France, and more.

Cons

Annual fee. The first year annual fee is not waived like it is with some other airline credit cards.

Overall Rating
4/5 Stars   
Key Features
  • 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days.
  • Get a $100 statement credit after you make $1,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of your account opening.
  • Get a free checked bag for you and up to 6 others in your reservation
  • Receive an annual coach Companion Fare from $121 (USD) ($99 base fare plus taxes and fees, from $22 depending on your Alaska Airlines flight itinerary).
  • Earn 1 mile per $1 on all purchases
  • Earn 3 miles per $1 on Alaska Airlines tickets/vacation packages/cargo purchases
  • Earn up to 5 miles per $1 at participating restaurants
  • Enjoy no mileage cap. There’s no limit to the number of miles you can earn with the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card.
  • Go far and wide with points redeemable on over a dozen airlines. Visit the Alaska Airlines website for the airline partner list.
 

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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee

Yes

Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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11 thoughts on Review: Is the Alaska Airlines Credit Card worth the $75 fee?

  1. Jessica

    I was very unhappy that Virgin America merged with Alaska Airlines especially because they are partnered with Bank of America which is the absolute worst when it comes to customer satisfaction. I was just booking a flight and my Alaska BOA card was declined, I found that odd so I called BOA, they advised me that my payment was due on April 5 and once my SECOND payment for the month that I had made earlier in the day posted then my charging would be turned back on. I asked how that helped me today and the lady said, “Well we encourage our clients to pay their bills on time.” Genuinely insulted I encouraged her to look back through my account and she would see not only do I pay my bill every month, I pay extra. So yet again, BOA is not on the customers side in an oversight, despite me also making the payment with cash at their ATM. Needless to say, I will be closing my account with BOA once the card is paid off, I will also be canceling my membership with Alaska Airlines since they are partners with people who have a history of not valuing customers.

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  2. Pat Flynn

    I signed up for an Alaska credit card through Alaska Airlines and Bank of America.
    My anniversary date of my Alaska CC is December 26th and that is confirmed by Bank of America.

    Alaska airlines markets their credit card with many perks, one of those perks is a companion fare round trip airline ticket discount code / coupon for about $121.00 ($99 + taxes and fees).
    This is a big reason for me, and many others, in deciding on applying for an Alaska Airlines credit card.

    The Alaska Airlines WEB site states that the companion fare discount code will be added in the cardholder account on an annual basis dependent on your enrollment anniversary date.

    As I stated above Bank of America confirmed to me that my CC anniversary date is Dec. 26th.

    Knowing that Dec 26th date, we have been planning a family trip to Hawaii in March 2018, where we would use the companion fare to book a second ticket for about $121.00 ($99 + taxes and fees).
    We also had a couple free 1st class upgrade options we would be using that expire 12/31/17. Very exciting.

    I waited until Dec 26th to start checking my account hoping that the companion fare was added each day. I finally contacted Alaska airlines to find out when to expect the companion fare, so I could plan accordingly for booking our trip.
    I was told that I would receive the companion fare after my credit card statement closing in the middle of January.

    This delay and issuing of the companion fare by Alaska Airlines has affected pricing for our trip and therefore the dates we will be able to take our trip and we no longer will have the ability to use, the then expired, free 1st class upgrades.

    We all have relationships in this world, weather with our significant others, the businesses we deal with or if we are a business, our customers.
    Usually if you’re giving a gift for your anniversary, three weeks after your actual anniversary, things don’t go very well.
    Each of us decides how important the relationship is and how important that anniversary is.
    It is apparent by their actions that Alaska Airline doesn’t put too much importance on the relationship with their credit card customers and their anniversary date.

    I just think other consumers need to be aware of where you stand with Alaska airlines before signing up for their credit card.

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  3. Tamara Brown

    Points can only accrue and/or be used on Alaska and its partners’ flights. Alaska Air has some of the highest prices around for flights. During peak travel times (holidays and breaks) you can expect to pay triple, sometimes quadruple the cost of a normal ticket ($500 one way for a 3 hour flight) and double or triple what competitors are pricing their flights at. This rewards card is not worth the fee. There are other cards you can use that accrue mileage points no matter the airline you choose to fly on, so you can get better deals.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Dean: Currently, there is no annual fee to add one authorized user to your Alaska Airlines card account. However, this is subject to change.

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  4. Paul Jay

    The downside is your point value is locked in a $.01 per mile, which is only average. Most valuations give Alaska $.02 per mile for most redemptions, giving it twice the value. This does not take in account that you earn 2x of every dollar spent on Arrival. and most Alaska purchases only earn 1x per dollar.

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