Count me in! I wanna Free Companion Pass on Alaska Air!

Get a free companion pass on Alaska Air in May and June. Here’s the scoop: You have to apply for Alaska’s Visa card and be approved in May or June. That means you need to shell out $75 for the annual fee. Plus, you need to spend $1,000 in the first 90 days before you get the companion pass. It’s all part of the kabuki you must do to get to “free.”

You’ll still be responsible for the taxes and fees for your free ticket–which typically is around $50. Alaska says “from $22,” but it’s usually more than that.

Although Alaska is looking to recruit new converts to the credit card, you’re welcome to apply for an additional card if you wish (I probably will, btw).

In addition to the free companion pass, you’ll receive a 30,000 mile bonus, which is enough for a roundtrip ticket from Alaska to the Lower 48. Also, when you purchase your ticket with your Visa card, you get one checked bag free (although you get two bags free as a member of Club 49).

SPEAKING OF CLUB 49: this week’s deal is to Salt Lake City for $179 ea. way. Travel in Sept.-Oct. You must purchase by Thursday, May the 4th Be With You. Yeah….Star Wars Day. HA

Remember, when you’re flying on the companion pass, you earn full mileage credit–the same as the paid ticket.

Here are a couple of other ways to gain extra Alaska Airlines miles with your card:

a. Mileage Plan Shopping. Check out the online shopping portal. You’ll find you can order lots of stuff online and pick it up at the local store.

b. Mileage Plan Dining. Not as big of a deal here in Alaska as it is in the Lower 48. Still, you can earn up to five miles for every dollar you spend.

There are other schemes to churn Alaska Air miles, including Rocket Miles and getting bonuses for buying miles. I don’t use either of these methods…but they’re out there.

In the meantime, here’s the link for the free companion pass Visa application:  www.whowillyoutake.com

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