Save On Alaska Airlines With Amex Offers (Targeted)

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For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most American Express cards, where different cards are eligible for different savings and bonus offers. In many cases the offers can be huge, and more than offset the annual fee on a card.

To view Amex Offers, go to the bottom of the account summary page of any American Express card, where you’ll see all the offers you’re eligible for. These offers come in different forms, including discounts and even in some cases bonus points.

Well, we’re just seeing a great new targeted Amex Offer that can save you money on flights.

With this new, targeted Amex Offer, you can receive a $40 statement credit when you spend $200 in one or more transactions with Alaska Airlines by January 31, 2020. This is essentially an opportunity to save 20% on the cost of an Alaska Airlines flight, which is great.

The basic conditions to be aware of are as follows:

  • You need to spend $200, but it can be in multiple transactions
  • The flight must originate in the US, and the purchase must be in USD
  • The terms don’t indicate that you actually have to book a flight, but rather that it needs to be a valid purchase on alaska.com, and can include things like airfare, upgrades, baggage fees, lounge fees, etc.

Let me once again emphasize that this offer is targeted, though on the plus side it at least seems to be fairly widely targeted, as I see the offer on multiple accounts.

The ideal situation is that you have this offer on The Platinum Card® from American Express, since it offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines. I value Membership Rewards points at 1.7 cents each, so to me that’s the equivalent of an 8.5% return on spending right there.

When you add up both the $40 statement credit and 5x points, you’re potentially looking at some very nice savings.

I continue to be so impressed by how much value Amex Offers adds to Amex cards, as in many cases these offers alone more than justify the annual fees on cards.

Were you targeted for this offer, and if so, do you plan on taking advantage of it?

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Comments
  1. You think I can combine this with the companion fare certificate that usually comes with their credit cards? Or do I have to use the Alaska Airlines/Bank of America credit card to use the companion fare certificate?

  2. @John, in the past I was able to use any card for the companion fare certificate but last year they changed rules and you must use the associated BofA Alaska card to use the certificate.

  3. There are exclusions in the terms, one of which is Lounge Memberships and Day Passes, so you should remove that from the article. Otherwise a great offer since it can be uses for extra legroom seats, bag fees, ect, not just airfare.

  4. I see it on my personal plat. Could I (mvp gold) purchase a $200 flight, then cancel it and have it refunded to my wallet and get the $40?

    This might also have some interesting implications if you select AS as your designated airline for 2020 for your $200 Amex airline credit as its valid through 1/31/20…

  5. @John, The Alaska Card’s companion pass recently changed terms to require booking flights with the BoA Alaska Card when utilizing the companion pass. Unfortunate.

  6. I don’t have it on mine, but that’s because I’ve got 100 absolute crap offers for things like Sherwin Williams and online wine stores. Does anyone know if you’re limited to only 100 active offers the same way they only show you 100 offers at a time? I want to have open spaces for new offers, but I don’t want to lock myself out of being able to accept them if there’s a maximum offers you can add to your account.

  7. I *really* wish they gave you the option to say “I don’t want this offer” just to get it off your list and free up space for offers you *might* want. Better yet, declare an affinity for specific categories of offers, like Travel. Any way you could suggest something like this to AMEX, Lucky?

  8. @Patrick Just add offers to your card to get your offer list below 100 and more offers will usually be added. Not sure how many offers you can add to your card at a time.

  9. @Nevsky I contacted AMEX chat support and they claimed there’s no limit to the amount of offers you can add. I still don’t want to exceed 100 added.

  10. @Grant – have you tried that? I might anyway (75k). Don’t have much travel to buy coming up, but I definitely will spend $200 at Alaska in the next year. I also have some banked dollars to use up now. Let me know if you find a fare for $200.01 🙂

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