I was dragging my feet before posting it here, but it seems that folks have been getting confirmation of the bonus, so I think the risk is low at this point. Alaskan is a fantastic airline, but what’s even more fantastic is all the partners you can redeem their miles on, including Delta and Emirates. There has never been anything as high as 50K-mile bonus, and I wholeheartedly recommend you apply for this card before the offer is pulled despite $75 annual fee.
However, there is a caveat. The offer states this:
Bonus Mile Offer: This one-time promotion is limited to new customers opening an account in response to this offer and is valid for a limited time by invitation only. This offer is not valid for customers that have applied for this product in the last 12 months.
It means that even though the application is posted online and available to everyone, it’s targeted. There is still a risk that you won’t get the second part of the bonus due to the “invitation only” clause. However, like I said, Flyertalk report indicates that folks do get confirmation of 50,000, so I believe the risk is low. However, it does exist. When I tried to get a 50K confirmation, the CSR couldn’t confirm the second part. I’m 99% sure it’s just a glitch since this is not the first time I’ve experienced the ignorance from BoA customer service.
Jeff from Canadian Kilometers wrote a great post on this topic, and his comments also indicate that folks get confirmations. But again, take it for what it’s worth.
Here are the terms and conditions:
- UP TO 50,000 Bonus Miles by earning 25,000 Bonus Miles upon approval and an additional 25,000 Bonus Miles after making at least $1,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of the account open date*
- Coach Companion Fare every year from $118(USD) ($99, plus taxes and fees from $19)
- Earn 3 miles for every qualifying dollar in purchases of Alaska Airlines tickets, Vacation packages and Cargo purchases
- No mileage cap. There’s no limit to the number of miles you can earn with the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card
And finally the Application Link