The Alaska Airlines Visa® Business card has an exceptional welcome bonus, and fantastic perks for holding onto the card. This is card that I have, and one that I think is seriously worth considering if you don’t have it already.
While you can read my detailed review of the Alaska Airlines Business Card, below I wanted to share eight reasons you should consider applying for this card.
1. Welcome bonus of 60K Alaska miles
The Alaska Visa Business Card offers a welcome bonus of 60,000 Mileage Plan miles after spending $3,000 within 90 days. That’s just part of the bonus, and I’ll talk about the rest of the bonus below.
Not only is that a huge number of miles, but I consider Alaska Mileage Plan miles to be the single most valuable mileage currency in terms of the value per mile. I value Alaska Mileage Plan miles at 1.8 cents each, so to me those 60,000 miles are worth $1,080.
Mileage Plan miles are so valuable thanks to the ability to redeem them for travel on a unique selection of airline partners, and also since you’re allowed a free stopover even on one-way tickets. For example, I’ve redeemed just 70,000 Mileage Plan miles for a first class Japan Airlines ticket from Tokyo to Chicago. Alaska Airlines also joined the oneworld alliance earlier this year, opening up a lot of new long-term award redemption options.
2. Alaska companion certificate as part of bonus
In addition to a welcome bonus of 60,000 Mileage Plan miles, the Alaska Visa Business Card also offers an Alaska companion fare the first year upon completing minimum spending. Historically you only start receiving this on the first anniversary, but with this offer, you get one in the first year as well.
You’ll just have to pay $99 plus taxes and fees, which start at just $22.
3. Alaska companion certificate every year on anniversary
Every year on the account anniversary of the Alaska Visa Business Card you’ll receive an Alaska companion certificate. You’ll just have to pay $99 plus taxes and fees, which start at just $22, so you’re looking at a $121+ fare for the second passenger.
The card has just a $75 annual fee (if you have a single cardholder — $50 for the business and $25 per cardholder), and so in the end, you’re paying under $200 per year for a companion certificate, which is an excellent deal.
Here’s the thing — there are quite a few airlines that offer companion certificates in one form or another, but in my opinion, the Alaska companion certificate is by far the most generous:
- It’s valid on any Alaska Airlines economy fare
- You can use it for a one-way, roundtrip, multi-city, etc.
- The companion earns miles and can even be upgraded
- The cardholder doesn’t even have to be the one to use it; you can use it for someone else, as long as you pay for the ticket with a card in your name
This benefit alone should be a reason to hold onto the card long term, in my opinion.
4. Applying for the Alaska Business Visa doesn’t count towards 5/24
Chase has the 5/24 rule, which is a restriction whereby you typically won’t be approved for a Chase card if you’ve opened five or more new card accounts in the past 24 months. If this is a limit you’re trying to stay under, applying for most business cards, including the Alaska Visa Business Card, shouldn’t count towards that limit.
That’s because the card won’t show up on your personal credit report, which is another reason to consider this card.
5. Free checked bag on Alaska Airlines
If you fly Alaska Airlines with any frequency, the Alaska Business Visa offers a free checked bag on Alaska flights for you and up to six other passengers on the same reservation. Alaska charges $30 per checked bag, so this could save you up to $420 per roundtrip itinerary.
6. Buy Alaska Lounge access for $25
Just for having the Alaska Business Card you can receive a 50% discount on an Alaska Lounge day pass. This ordinarily costs $50, so you’re paying just $25 for a pass to an Alaska Lounge, which is a very good deal. These lounges have snacks, complimentary drinks, and more. A couple of drinks at an airport bar could easily otherwise cost you more than $25.
For someone who only flies Alaska Airlines once in a while, this could be a much more economical option than buying an Alaska Lounge membership.
7. 20% back on Alaska Airlines inflight purchases
For having the Alaska Visa Business Card you can receive 20% back on Alaska inflight purchases, including for the purchase of food, drinks, and Wi-Fi. If you fly Alaska with any frequency, the value of this could quickly add up.
8. 3x miles on Alaska flights
The Alaska Visa Business Card offers 3x miles for every dollar spent on Alaska Airlines purchases.
While there are some other credit cards that offer up to 5x points for airfare purchases, I’d note that Alaska miles are a special currency that many find to be extremely valuable, and the program doesn’t partner with the major transferable points currencies.
Many may prefer to put their Alaska spending on this card because earning 3x Alaska miles is a very solid return.
The Alaska Visa Business Card has a reasonable annual fee, and offers a welcome bonus of 60K miles plus an Alaska companion certificate, making this a great card to consider applying for.
This is also a card that’s worth holding on to long term, given the companion certificate you get every year. I consistently get value out of that, and it’s why I like always having an Alaska Airlines credit card.