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Coming This Year: Alaska Visa Signature Cardholders Earn 3x Miles on Rent With Bilt

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We just learned that Bilt Rewards has added Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan as a transfer partner, which is a major coup. Up to this point, Alaska has not had a partnership with any major transferable currency.

In addition, we’ve learned of yet another positive development with the Bilt Rewards program — those with the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card will be able to earn 3x points for every dollar spent on rent, up to $50,000 annually, starting later this year.

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about this exciting development!

Earn 3x Alaska Miles on Rent With Bilt Rewards

Under the new partnership with Alaska Airlines, Bilt Rewards members can transfer points earned with the Bilt World Elite Mastercard® Credit Card at a 1:1 ratio to the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program, a fantastic opportunity for those keen on earning more Alaska miles for future award redemptions.

However, the partnership has gotten an enhancement by way of the ability to earn 3x Alaska miles on rent when an eligible Alaska co-branded credit card, including the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card, is linked with a Bilt Rewards account and used to make rent payments.

Cardholders of the personal card (not business card) are eligible to earn 3x points on up to $50,000 in rent annually, which means you could in theory earn 150,000 Alaska miles per year from just paying your rent — not to mention the additional miles you could earn by transferring points earned on the Bilt card via other types of spend.

However, this benefit won’t go live until later this year according to Bilt, and it’s unclear exactly when. We’ll keep you in the loop once we have an exact date of when this earning rate becomes official.

The Impact of the Alaska/Bilt Partnership

Speaking about the new tie-up with Alaska, Bilt CEO Ankur Jain said: “As one of the most loved brands in aviation, this first-of-its-kind partnership with Alaska Airlines not only broadens Bilt’s members’ ability to travel everywhere Alaska and its partners fly but also exemplifies our commitment to providing Americans with more valuable ways to earn and redeem rewards on their largest monthly expense, rent, and within their local neighborhood.”

This new relationship is certainly significant. For years, points-and-miles enthusiasts have regarded Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan as one of the very best ways to book premium cabin award flights, thanks to (now former) incredible sweet spots within the chart for partner awards.

However, the partnership comes as Bilt will lose American Airlines as a transfer partner starting in June.

And despite a fresh (and still very painful) devaluation of the Alaska award chart, there are numerous ways to extract tons of value from the Mileage Plan program. For example, you can book a one-way ticket from the West Coast of the U.S. to Japan on Oneworld alliance partner Japan Airlines for 75,000 miles plus taxes and fees, while a cash ticket for the same flight would cost you $7,000 or more.

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Japan Airlines business class on the Boeing 777-300ER. Image Credit: Ehsan Haque

With the ability to “double-dip” on Alaska earnings — both by transferring points earned via spend on the Bilt card and directly by paying rent with an eligible linked Alaska co-branded card — it should be a fairly easy task to bulk up your stash of Alaska miles, something that was previously only able to be done by signing up for an Alaska credit card.

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Final Thoughts

Not only is Alaska Airlines a brand-new partner of the Bilt Rewards program, but you’ll soon be able to earn 3x Mileage Plan miles per dollar spent on rent when you pay via an Alaska credit card connected to your Bilt account.

This new relationship will open up ways to earn valuable Alaska miles that haven’t been available and should lead to greater flexibility in using the program to its full potential.

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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Nick’s passion for points began as a hobby and became a career. He worked for over 5 years at The Points Guy and has contributed to Business Insider and CNN. He has 14 credit cards and continues to leverage the perks of each.

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