Earn 5K Bonus Amex Points For $250 Of Spend With Alaska (Targeted, Terms Apply)

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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.

Check for Amex Offers on these cards

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)

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Comments

  1. Some decent Amex offers. I just received a 10k point offer awarded. when I spend 500$ prepaid amextravel spending. that is a no brainer.

    I just booked a hotel for a Christmas season weekend in the Big Apple
    Must book before 12/31/2017.

  2. I got this offer on my Platinum card. Just to be clear, are the 5,000 bonus MR points for $250+ Alaska Air spend before 12/31/17, but this purchase can be for a flight in 2018, correct?

  3. If gift cards do not work, perhaps one could buy a ticket, cancel it and then put the refund in the travel bank?

  4. @Nevsky

    Yup, exactly what I’ll be doing. I did the same to cash out my flexperks at 2 cpp before the devaluation happens there at the end of the year as well. WIll be a good chunk of cash in teh bank after I cash this twice, but I’ll make good use of it…

    Remember that cash has to be used in 1 year so, don’t go losing it!

  5. @A D

    Hello, I heard about tricks about Alaska ticket cancellation, but I am just curious if the refund credit can be rolled over. Say, I book a ticket of $250 65 days away on 12/15/2017, and cancel the ticket after a few days but more than 60 days before departure, then I suppose to get a refund of $250 in credit in my wallet which will expire on 12/14/2018. Then if I book another ticket for $260 using that credit of $250 (and pay $10 out of my pocket) on 12/10/2018, and cancel it again, will I get a refund of $260 which expires on 12/9/2019? Or will I only get $10 instead? Thanks!

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