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New Alaska Signature Card Welcome Bonus [70k Miles & Companion Fare]

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The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card doesn’t get as much attention as other co-branded airline credit cards, but overlooking it is a mistake. Not only does Alaska Airlines have one of the best U.S. loyalty programs, but the card alone can provide exceptional value to cardholders — even if you don’t fly Alaska often.

Let’s take a look at the card’s benefits, its new welcome offer, and how you might put both to good use.

New Alaska Signature Card Welcome Offer

New Offer: 70,000 Bonus Miles plus Alaska’s Famous Companion Fare ($99 fare plus taxes and fees from $23) after you make $3,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of your account opening.

We value Alaska Airlines miles at 1.8 cents apiece, making this new welcome bonus for the Alaska Signature card worth $1,260 — pretty great as far as credit card welcome bonuses go.

Alaska Signature Card Benefits

The card now carries a $95 annual fee, but comes with new perks to justify this ongoing cost:

  • Earn 3x miles on all Alaska purchases, 2x miles on gas, cable, streaming services, and local transit purchases, along with 1x miles on all other purchases
  • Free checked bag and priority boarding for you and up to 6 guests on the same reservation
  • Alaska’s Famous Companion Fare from $122 ($99 fare plus taxes and fees from just $23) after you spend $6,000 or more on purchases within the prior card anniversary year
  • 20% back on all Alaska Airlines inflight purchases
  • $100 off an annual Alaska Lounge+ Membership
  • 10% rewards bonus on all miles earned from card purchases if you have an eligible Bank of America account

Hot Tip: Learn more about the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan loyalty program, how to earn more Alaska miles, and even how to earn up to 100,000 Alaska miles in 90 days in our detailed guides.

Great Ways To Spend Alaska Miles

It’s easy for those who are new to points and miles to see a card like the Alaska Signature card and not give it a second thought if they don’t fly Alaska often. But what they miss is that Alaska Mileage Plan has an incredibly lucrative award chart, especially when it comes to some of its Oneworld partners.

Fly Cathay Pacific First Class to Asia

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Cathay Pacific’s first class is one of the best ways to redeem Alaska miles. Image Credit: Stephen Au

For just 70,000 Alaska miles each way, you can fly Cathay Pacific first class, one of the widest first class seats in the sky, from the U.S. to select Asian cities. You can even add a free stopover in Hong Kong that allows you to sample the carrier’s 2 first class lounges: The Pier, First, and The Wing, First.

If you prefer to save some miles and fly in Cathay’s business class cabin, it will cost you just 50,000 Alaska miles each way!

Fly Japan Airlines First Class to Asia

Japan Airlines Boeing 777 300ER First Class JAL Suite 2A
Japan Airlines Boeing 777-300ER first class. Image Credit: Cherag Dubash

Japan Airlines is another airline known for its stellar first class product and onboard service. Want to fly between the U.S. and select Asian cities with a free stopover in Tokyo along the way? You’ll need just 70,000 Alaska miles each way — covered by the card’s current welcome offer.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, Alaska miles are some of the best miles to earn for those who love redeeming their miles for premium cabins on world-class airlines. Given that, the Alaska Signature card is one worth considering adding to your wallet — especially with its new increased welcome offer!

The information regarding the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.

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About Jarrod West

Boasting a portfolio of over 20 cards, Jarrod has been an expert in the points and miles space for over 6 years. He earns and redeems over 1 million points per year and his work has been featured in outlets like The New York Times.


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