Bank of America has refreshed the Alaska Airlines Visa Credit Card.
- Biggest-ever initial bonus: 70,000 miles and a $100 statement credit when you spend $3,000 or more within the first 90 days from account opening.
- Negative changes: Annual fee goes from $75 to $95, and you no longer get the $99+tax companion ticket automatically every year – you have to spend at least $6,000 in a cardmember year to receive it. Those are big cost cuts for Bank of America, and it no longer makes sense to hang onto the card, sock drawering it once you have it, just for the companion ticket.
- Positive changes: The card finally comes with priority boarding (it really didn’t used to!); accelerator categories (2x on gas, cable, streaming and rideshare) and not just for Alaska spend; a 10% bonus on miles earned from purchases if you have a Bank of America financial account; a $100 statement credit on paid lounge membership.
You still get a free checked bag (including for everyone on your reservation) and 20% back on Alaska Airlines inflight purchases.
The big bonus offer is only available to those who do not currently have the card or whom have had it in the last 24 months.
(HT: Doctor of Credit)