For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most Amex 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.
At the moment there’s a targeted Amex Offer for 5,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $250+ for flights with Alaska Airlines by December 31, 2017. You can earn the bonus points based on one or multiple transactions, and tickets have to be purchased directly through Alaska’s website and be charged in USD to qualify (though it’s fine if you’re traveling on a partner airline or Virgin America). Things like lounge memberships don’t qualify, so you do actually have to be buying a ticket.
Flights on Virgin America qualify, as long as they’re booked through Alaska
Do keep in mind that this promotion is targeted, and this one seems to be pretty narrowly targeted as well. For example, unfortunately none of my Amex accounts seem to be eligible for the offer, though Miles To Memories and several Doctor Of Credit readers report getting the offer.
Since this offer is for bonus Membership Rewards points, you’ll want to look for the offer on cards that accrue that points currency.
Personally I value Membership Rewards points at ~1.7 cents each, so to me the 5,000 points are worth $85, which means you’re getting about a third of the $250 back in terms of points.
I’m sad not to be targeted for this one, because I’d take advantage of it in a heartbeat. However, while looking at this offer I did notice that one of my cards had an offer for $60 back on $300+ spend with Delta, which I wasn’t eligible for before (or at least hadn’t seen, and I look for this stuff all the time), so that’s another offer to be on the lookout for.
Were you targeted for the Amex Offers for booking flights on Alaska or Delta?
(Tip of the hat to Doctor Of Credit)