8 Reasons To Get The Alaska Business Visa Card

8 Reasons To Get The Alaska Business Visa Card

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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 recently joined the oneworld alliance, opening up a lot of new long-term award redemption options.

Redeem Alaska miles for Japan Airlines first class

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.

Alaska’s companion fare can be quite valuable

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.

Alaska companion fares are upgradeable

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. So if you are trying to stay under that limit, this is a card that’s seriously worth considering.

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.

Buy Alaska Lounge access for $25

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 of food, drinks, and Wi-Fi. If you fly Alaska with any frequency, the value of this could quickly add up.

Save on an Alaska Airlines inflight purchase with the card

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.

Earn 3x miles on Alaska Airlines purchases

Bottom Line

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 credit card.

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  1. kaboom

    however, with the exit of emirates and with the staggering cost of redemption on Qatar airways, Alaska miles have lost a major part of value. until Qantas and asian carriers are flying again, these are fairly worthless. at least for me.

  2. Robin

    Agree with all the comments about working with Bank of America. They are terrible, steer clear and stick with Citi, Amex or Chase. You do risk a hard pull on your credit with some BS response how basically you need to open a bank account to get approved. Honestly I think some of BOA's practices should be investigated as unscrupulous.

  3. Andrew

    Ah, photos of JAL first class. Nobody allowed into the country for tourism, but it doesn't stop OOMAT marketing what could be yours were it not for Covid-19.

  4. John Richard Stewart

    Also, the companion pass requires a paid fare. I almost never pay for a ticket, but use FF miles.
    I love my SW companion pass because I can use that with wanna-get-away points airfares.

  5. John Richard Stewart

    BoA is extremely difficult to work with. Knowing what to do ie CD, checking act, amount etc prior to applying is really unknown and you don't want to have a hard inquiry wasted.

  6. Slappy

    While I love Alaska miles and value them tremendously, this card is not worth picking up due to the difficulties of working with Bank of America. If you are not instantly approved, they will put you through a slow and painful process of opening up a CD to get this card, only available in-branch if you do not hold a business checking account with them.

    This doesn't even take into account the terrible service...

    While I love Alaska miles and value them tremendously, this card is not worth picking up due to the difficulties of working with Bank of America. If you are not instantly approved, they will put you through a slow and painful process of opening up a CD to get this card, only available in-branch if you do not hold a business checking account with them.

    This doesn't even take into account the terrible service you will receive once you are a cardholder. Avoid BofA at all costs.

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John Richard Stewart

BoA is extremely difficult to work with. Knowing what to do ie CD, checking act, amount etc prior to applying is really unknown and you don't want to have a hard inquiry wasted.

Slappy

While I love Alaska miles and value them tremendously, this card is not worth picking up due to the difficulties of working with Bank of America. If you are not instantly approved, they will put you through a slow and painful process of opening up a CD to get this card, only available in-branch if you do not hold a business checking account with them. This doesn't even take into account the terrible service you will receive once you are a cardholder. Avoid BofA at all costs.

kaboom

however, with the exit of emirates and with the staggering cost of redemption on Qatar airways, Alaska miles have lost a major part of value. until Qantas and asian carriers are flying again, these are fairly worthless. at least for me.

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