First Impressions: Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Business Card

My second business credit card!

When I applied for my first business card, I only based it on my occasional reselling of items on Amazon or on Ebay.  Luckily, American Express was happy to stroke my ego, agreeing that I had a “business” and I snagged a Starwood Preferred Business Credit Card.

Now, I’m happy to say my side hustle is actually holding its own.

So much so, that I had to increase my spending power.  I not only requested (and was approved) for a credit line increase on my Starwood card, but I took out a new Alaska Airlines Visa Business Card from Bank of America!

As I mentioned in my Amtrak card post, I combined the hard pulls for Bank of America, and snagged this Alaska Business card on the same day.

The Offer

30,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles and a Companion Fare (from $121) after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days.  A little lower than some other airline card offers, but 30,000 is the typical offer on the Alaska cards.  I have seen 35,000 in the past though, so try and hold out for that!

The Specs

  • 3 Alaska Mileage Plan miles per $1 spent on Alaska Airlines (including cargo and in-flight purchases)
  • 1 mile per $1 on everything else
  • no foreign transaction fees
  • free checked bag for you and up to 6 other passengers on your itinerary
  • annual companion fare (if you meet the minimum spend) outlined above
  • annual fee of $75 (on the individual plan)

All around, an average airline card.  For those with a lot of revenue flights on Alaska, the triple miles per dollar spent would definitely be a nice boost over the usual double miles on airline spend.  For the rest of us, it’s a way to diversify your miles portfolio, and access that Companion Fare on an upcoming trip.

The Alaska Airlines Companion Fare

The Alaska Companion Fare is open after you hit the minimum spend as well.  Although I haven’t used the Companion Fare yet, it locks in the base fare of a companion ticket at $99 or less.  Any ticket that I book for myself, I can book a second for my companion, and that base fare will be $99.  The base fare refers to the actual cost of the ‘flight’ if you will, without all the added fees and taxes.

Once you hit you minimum spend, navigate to “Discount Codes” on your Alaska Air account, and you’ll be able to see your individual code!

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If you use AwardWallet, your Companion Fare will also track on your account, as seen below!

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Keep in mind, the Companion Fare will only work on Alaska operated flights, so no partners!  I’ll be interested to see how the Virgin America acquisition plays out, but I’d guess that you’d be able to use this benefit on VX flights at some point in the future.  The Companion Fare is great for those of you looking to fly Alaska Air in the future, especially since it renews each year!  Personally, I’m content with the Companion Pass from Southwest for now, and the Companion Fare likely won’t keep me from keeping this card once the annual fee shows up.

The best time to use this benefit, in my opinion, would be a trip to Alaska or Hawaii.  If you don’t have other miles or points to get there, the Companion Far can save quite a bit of money.

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Under $90 for a ticket from Boston to Honolulu?  A great deal!  Whether I’m flying through Seattle, Portland, or San Diego, all represent great savings.  Although I’d never pay for that $735 ticket through Seattle, the $83 Companion Fare represents a savings of almost 89%!

Pair your paid tickets with an Barclaycard Arrival+ or Discover it miles redemption, and you have some really cheap flights to Hawaii!


One of the great perks of Alaska miles is their value!  The Points Guy and others tend to hold Alaska Mileage Plan miles a little more valuable than other airline currencies.  1.8 cents per point is a common value, compared to 1.5 cpp for most other airlines.  Part of the thought behind this increased value Alaska’s stable of partnerships, and their distance-based program.  Not many airlines run distance-based award tickets anymore, so there’s definitely some value in having Alaska miles to use.  Alaska miles have some great sweet spot redemptions on Emirates, Cathay Pacific, and Fiji Airways.

I really only applied for the Alaska business card to round out my application with Bank of America, and combine the hard credit pulls.  Either way, it’s allowed me to add one more currency to my portfolio, and in the constantly shifting landscape of the travel game, it’s important to have a horse in every race!

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