I have had a lot of airline credit cards. Delta, American Airlines, Frontier, Alaska, United, Southwest, Hawaiian Airlines, and more! Most of these I signed up for solely for the bonus points and ended up canceling after having the cards for a year. Some of them I will get again like Southwest and American. The ones I always keep open are my United and Alaska Airlines cards. United is the airline I fly the most because Denver International Airport (my home airport) is a United hub. Overall though, my favorite card is my Alaska Airlines card.
I signed up for my Alaska Airlines Credit Card years ago before I was a real points and miles user solely for the bonus miles. It has since become one of my favorite cards because of one thing, the annual Alaska Airlines Companion Fare. For $99 + fees I can have one person fly with me on one flight. This is a great perk that I use every single year. My husband got the card too and we use his companion fare every year also. What I love about the Alaska Companion Fare is that I don’t have to “earn it”. Meaning I don’t have to spend X amount of dollars or earn Y amount of points. I just get it every year for being a cardholder.
For the first few years, we would use one of our Alaska Airlines companion fares to go to Mexico. It really made our traveling cheaper by only paying for one ticket plus approximately $121 for the companion fare. We often went with friends who would do the same thing.
Our son lives in Seattle, so we always use our other Alaska Airlines companion fare to visit him and his family. For years this is what we did, one companion fare for Mexico, one for Seattle.
Two years ago we started this fun tradition of taking two of our grandchildren to Hawaii every year. This summer we took our two oldest granddaughters to Kauai. I would prefer to go off-peak when flights are cheaper, but it is easier for them to go during the summer. No sports, no school, and easier to make schedules align. But man, flights in the summer are expensive!! Thank heavens, we have a way to make it cheaper! With the Alaska Airlines Companion Fare, we pay $99 plus taxes and fees (starting at $22). We paid for our ticket and another $163.60 for each grandchild – talk about great savings!! Especially when the cost of the ticket from Denver to Lihue was almost $1,200
Get 50,000 bonus miles plus Alaska’s Famous Companion Fare from $121 ($99 fare plus taxes and fees from $22) with this offer after spending $2,000 miles in 3 months.
Annual Fee: $75- includes annual Companion Fare, the first bag flies free for you and up to 6 guests.
It has been so long since I received the bonus points on my Alaska Airlines Credit Card that I can’t even remember how I used the points. A couple of years ago I signed up for the business version and received 50,000 miles as my welcome bonus (who knows if it will ever be that high again). I used it to travel business class on Hainan Airlines from Beijing. I had been on a tour in China and it was the perfect way to travel home.
Hainan Airlines is not part of an alliance but they partner with Alaska for bookings. I was able to book this flight on Alaska’s site, making it really easy! It was a great flight and I highly recommend them. One of the things I love about Alaska is that I can usually find a lay-flat business seat with Alaska miles for considerably less than other airlines.
Other ideas for using your 40,000 miles from bonus spend:
Unfortunately, the companion fare can’t be used on points booking. But if you are looking to fly your family you could book one ticket with some points from your signup bonus, pay with cash for one, and use the companion fare for another. Buy 1 get 2 (almost) free is a pretty great deal!
When it comes to my airline points, I only use them on business class seats for international travel. Business-class seats are usually super expensive!! When I travel somewhere domestically I usually will just save my points and find another way to save some money. The companion fare offered with the Alaska Credit Card makes this happen for me when I travel to Hawaii.
I will confess though that I don’t find a reason to use this card much throughout the year. It sits in my sock drawer until time to book that annual trip to Hawaii. I highly recommend this card to anyone who uses Alaska Airlines or can find some interesting places to go with a companion. The annual fee of $75 plus approximately $121 for a companion fare means that I am only paying $196 for another person to fly with me anywhere Alaska flies. I can find enough value in that to keep it in my wallet, well sock drawer!
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