Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card Review

By Christina Majaski. Last updated 17 August 2017. 0 comments

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The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card provides an opportunity to earn miles from your purchases that can be redeemed for flights with Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, and 16 other partner airlines. With flights available to over 100 destinations within the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Hawaiian Islands, it's easy to see why the airline is one of the largest in the country. If you fly frequently with Alaska Airlines or any of its partner airlines, the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card can provide you with valuable rewards and travel benefits.

How This Card Works

Earn three miles for each dollar spent on Alaska Airlines and Virgin America purchases, and one mile for each dollar spent elsewhere. 

Bonus: Get 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. You can also qualify for a Companion Fare if you buy a ticket after making $1,000 in purchases within the first 90 days.

Miles can be redeemed for upgrades and flights with Alaska Airline, Virgin America, or 16 partner airlines such as Delta, British Airways, American Airlines, AirFrance, Emirates, Korean Air, KLM, Qantas, AeroMexico, and more. Flights are available for as few as 10,000 miles for a one-way ticket and upgrades to First Class Cabin are as low as 15,000 miles. There is no cap on the miles you can earn and miles do not expire as long as your account is not inactive for more than two years, or if no mileage is credited to your account during the first nine months after opening the account.

Other Benefits

Free checked bag. Get a free checked bag on Alaska and Virgin America flights for you and up to six other passengers on the same reservation.

Annual companion fare. Each year you'll receive a round-trip coach Companion Fare for Alaska and Virgin America flights when traveling with another passenger on a paid coach ticket. It is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. (See also: Credit Cards That Offer Companion Fare)

Costs

  • $75 Annual Fee
  • 13.24% - 20.24% variable APR
  • 3% (minimum $10) Balance Transfer Fee
  • $0 Foreign Transaction Fee

Pros

Award flights with other airlines. There are at least 16 partner airlines you can redeem your miles with which can be convenient if you don't always travel with Alaska Airlines or Virgin America. 

Companion fare ticket. In addition to the Companion Fare you receive as a new cardmember after qualifying purchases, you receive this companion fare ticket each year on your anniversary. 

No foreign transaction fee. Foreign transaction fees with travel rewards cards can be a significant drawback if you travel abroad frequently because the fee devalues any rewards earned from the purchases, especially at the common rate 3%. With this card, you won't have to worry about having to pay any foreign transaction fees.

Who This Card Is Best For

Although you can certainly redeem your miles with other airlines, the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card is best for those who frequently travel with Alaska Airlines or Virgin America, in order to earn triple miles on purchases. Additionally, it is important that you have a companion who travels with you occasionally because the annual companion fare can help offset the cost of the annual fee.

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