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Alaska Airlines Award Availability on American’s Web Site

Million Mile Secrets has a great post today about Alaska Airlines award ticket availability on www.aa.com.  I find award tickets to Alaska to be some of the hardest to get the lowest award redemption on, so this should make it a lot easier to find some.

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Award Travel To Hawaii

Travelsort recently posted an article on booking award travel to Hawaii.  Unfortuntely, it focused on first class award travel to Hawaii.  While I’m all for traveling first class if you have the miles to spend, I don’t have the miles since I’m trying to book award travel for a family of four.  And I’d rather save the miles for other trips.  I do like his suggestion of getting the Alaska Airlines credit card and using the $99 companion ticket.  And right now, that credit card has a 40,000 mile sign-up bonus.  So if you’re thinking of traveling to Hawaii soon, you might want to consider getting that card.  Since you’ll be paying for the flights, you’ll earn mileage.

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Alaska Airlines 40,000 mile sign-up bonus

Bank of America’s Alaska Airlines credit card now has a 40,000 sign-up bonus after approval for the card through July 31, 2011.  You also get a $99 travel companion discount code annually.  Alaska Airlines partner airlines are: American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, KLM, Air France, Delta, Korean Air, Air Pacific, Era Alaska, LAN,  Icelandair, Pen Air, and Kenmore Air.

My main concern with the card was that 40,000 miles is an odd number.  You need 50,000 miles for two saver awards, so you would be 10,000 miles short.  However, Starwood Hotels Preferred Guest does allow transfers to Alaska Airlines at a 1:1 rate.  This again is why people will tell you that the Starwood Hotels Points are so valuable.  They are so flexible and allow you to cap off other programs where needed.

I love that this card is with Bank of America.  So many of the good sign-up bonuses have been through Chase lately, it’s nice to get some diversity.

There is talk on Flyertalk saying that this is a targeted offer.  However, the terms and conditions do not indicate that.  If you apply for the card, make sure you take screen shots as you apply. 

Here are the details of the card:

  • 40,000 mile sign-up bonus upon approval for the card
  • Receive a $99 Travel Companion Flight discount code annually on Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Flights and Vacation Packages
  • Earn 3 miles for every qualifying dollar in purchases of Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air flights and Vacation packages
  • No mileage cap.  There’s no limit to the number of miles you can earn with the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card.
  • Earn 1 mile for every dollar spent on purchases
  • Receive 2 Board Room passes upon approval
  • Free Total Security Protection package helps protect against fraud and unauthorized use of your card
  • Online access to our award winning Online Banking service
  • Earn up to 5 points for dollar at participating restaurants
  • $75 annual fee – does not appear to be waived