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The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card from Bank of America is a great card and one of the easiest cards to be repeatedly approved for. It has many advantages, especially 30,000 welcome bonus miles after an easy $1,000 spend.
A month ago, I applied, and was instantly approved for, the Alaska Airlines Visa card. Basically, if I spent $1,000 in 90 days, I would receive 30,000 miles. I thought the offer was particularly attractive because, although I had to pay the $75 annual fee, I would receive a $100 statement credit. The offer also came with a $99 Companion Fare which amounts to $121 ($99 plus taxes and fees from $22).
A better offer
As Frequent Miler and other bloggers recently reported, there is now an even better offer – essentially all of the terms mentioned above except, under this new offer, as a Limited Time Offer, the Companion Fare for the first year is $0 rather than $99, i.e., buy 1 ticket, get a Companion Fare for $0 and pay only the taxes ($22).
Here is a DIRECT LINK to that offer.
Since I only had the card for one month, I asked Bank of America to extend the benefits of the new Limited Time Offer to me.
Since I only got the card a month ago, I phoned Bank of America and asked if they would extend the Limited Time offer of $0 Companion Fare to me. I spoke to a bank representative as well as a supervisor. The answer was NO. The Limited Time Offer began May 1st and my application was approved on March 30th. No Go.
I might HUCA (hang up call again) one more time, but I’m pretty sure that, in this case, no means no.
The supervisor said no but suggested that I churn the card
The Supervisor declined to extend the new offer to me, even though I’d only had the card one month. What did the supervisor suggest? He said you are free to apply for the card again. So, I guess the supervisor was endorsing churning. Okay, then perhaps I will.
When does the Limited Time Offer end?
I didn’t see any information on the website as to the end dates of this Limited Time Offer. The supervisor told me that the Limited Time Offer will end July 14, 2017 for online applications and July 30, 2017 for in-bank applications. He rattled off a few other dates, but all of the dates were in July 2017.
Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.