Alaska Airlines Visa 50k welcome offer + Companion Fare

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Alaskas Airlines has some of the best airline miles in the game, and they’re joining One World on 3/31/21. There is a 65k offer that requires more spend over a longer timeframe, and I also believe it is also publicly available. I don’t have an affiliate link or a referral link for this card, but if you’re interested in a getting a fat stack of Alaska miles, this link should take you to more details. I currently don’t have this card, but I have had it in the past.


  • 50k Alaska Miles after spending $2k in 90 days
  • Companion fare for $121 – terms and conditions apply
    • Companion Fare every year you have the card
  • Free checked bag for up to 6 guests on same reservations
  • 3x on Alaska Miles
  • 20% back on AS in flight purchases
  • 50% off day passes at the Alaska Lounge
  • $75 annual fee
  • No foreign Transaction fees

Here’s a list of some of the best redemptions and why you may want to consider buying Alaska Miles

Check out Cathay Biz and First to Africa and Australia – unreal deals.

  • To Asia
    • Cathay Biz is 50k One way
    • Cathy First is 70k One way
    • Japan Biz to Asia is 60k
    • Japan First to Asia is 70k
    • Japan Biz to S.E. Asia is 65k
    • Japan First to S.E. Asia is 75k
    • Hainan Business Class is 50k
    • Korean Airlines is 52.5k ( must be booked roundtrip, read this post for details )
  • Europe
    • AA Biz is 57.5k
    • AA First is 80k
    • FinnAir is 70k
    • BA Biz is 60k
    • BA First is 70k
  • Middle East
    • BA Biz is 70k
    • BA First is 80k
    • Emirates Business is 82.5k
    • Emirates First is 150k
    • Cathay Business is 62.5k 
    • Cathay First is 70k
  • Australia – 70k miles to fly First Class from the States to Australia!
    • Qantas Biz is 55k
    • Qantas First is 70k
    • Cathay Biz is 60k
    • Cathay First is 80k
    • Fiji Biz is 55k
    • Korean Airlines for 125k roundtrip in Biz
  • Africa
    • British Airways Biz is 70k
    • British Airways First is 80k
    • Cathay Biz is 62.5k
    • Cathay First is 70k

Some of my favorite redemptions:

Japan Airlines First Class

Cathay Pacific First Class

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card


The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based. 

Welcome Offer

60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months

Annual Fee


Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

  • 3x on dining
    •  including eligible delivery services for takeout
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
  • $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Primary rental car coverage is my favorite

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 


  • Angel January 12, 2021

    There’s is a 65,000 miles offer around. Greg and TPG posted about it or you can Google it and it will come up. 40,000 after $2k in 3 months and 25,000 more if you spend a total of $8k in 6 months.

    • Miles January 12, 2021

      oh wow, had not seen this! thank you

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