December 17th, 2013
Update #2: Alive again with this link.
I haven’t posted about it yet as it was a targeted offer sent to Washington residents (where there is an epic battle heating up beating them and Delta.) It also says that people who have applied in the last 12 months are ineligible.
But several non-targeted DDF members not from Washington have already gotten signup bonuses for the card even though they have applied in the past 12 months.
You get 25K miles for signing up and another 25K for spending $1,000 in 3 months.
The annual fee is $75 and they will not waive it.
The card is issued by BOFA which typically checks your hard-hit Experian credit report. DDF members have had success freezing that report and getting approved by calling reconsideration at 866-530-9829 and having them pull a report with fewer inquiries.
Note that with BOFA you will only get the bonus if you are approved for a Signature level card with a $5,000 credit line. If you only get a Preferred or Platinum level card you will only get a 3,000 or 5,000 mile signup bonus.
What makes Alaska unique are their partner airlines. They aren’t part of any alliance but their partners include Aeromexico, Air France, American, British Airways. Cathay Pacific, Delta, Emirates, Fiji, Korean, KLM, LAN, and Qantas. They only assess fuel surcharges for travel on British Airways.
Every partner airline has their own award chart when using Alaska miles and many are very good. The good thing is that you can book one-way tickets and they can even have a free stopover. The bad thing is you can’t mix airlines on a single ticket, so forget about flying Emirates first class from JFK to Milan and then flying another airline to Israel.
When flying Delta for example it’s usually a good idea to credit the flight to Alaska as Alaska miles are far more valuable than Delta Skypesos.
Alaska is also partners with Starwood, so you can transfer 20K Starpoints into 25K Alaska miles.
HT: MilesNpoints, via DDF
There are several other mega bonus credit card signup offers going on now: