The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature credit card charges a hefty $75 annual fee, but for a regular traveler, I’d say the bonus and regular features justify the cost.
If you make $1,000 in purchases during the first 90 days from account opening, you’ll receive 30,000 bonus miles (which won’t expire).
How much is that worth? Purchasing that amount of miles would cost me $825. I had to log in to my account with my mileage plan number to view the cost on this page—so maybe you’d be charged a different amount. It should be noted that you can buy miles at 35% discount when purchasing them during a purchase of a flight (“Fly and Buy” miles), as this page explains.
Every year on your account anniversary, you’ll receive credit toward “Alaska’s Famous Companion Fare” worth at least $121 (covering $99 and taxes and fees from $22), which you can use for flights booked on alaskaair.com (there are no blackout dates).
You’ll always receive a free checked bag on Alaska and Virgin America flights for you and up to six other passengers on the same reservation.
You’ll earn three miles for every $1 spent on Alaska Airlines and Virgin America purchases (no mileage cap or expiry for active accounts).
For all other purchases, you’ll receive one mile for every $1 spent (no mileage cap or expiry for active accounts).
The annual fee is $75. Mine was charged within a month from account opening.
There are no foreign transaction fee costs.
They have a referral program in place that allows you to earn 5,000 miles for each person referred. You’ll need the email address and first and last name (in addition to being a cardholder) in order to send them a referral link.
If you’re interested in this card and are feeling generous, send me that info and I’d be grateful!