Best offer updates: Alaska Biz $0 companion fare, Citi Exec 75K, cash back increases and more


While doing a regular-maintenance check on the links and offers on our Best Credit Card Offers page the other day, I discovered a number of offers had increased / improved that may be of interest to some readers. The most notable below to me was the $0 first-year Companion Pass on the Alaska Airlines Business card as I had not noticed that change previously. Each of these improvements are much smaller than the big new offers we reported on the Amex Hilton cards earlier today (See: Increased Hilton bonuses (up to 150K) now live) — in fact, the changes below were slight enough not to warrant a separate Quick Deal post for each one. Instead I figured I’d list each of the small changes here with a short bit of analysis of each. Click the card names below to go to our dedicated page for that card and find more information.

Credit card perks


Airline card changes

This card previously offered a $99+ taxes companion certificate during the first year despite the fact that the personal version has offered a $0 first-year companion fare for quite a while now. It’s nice that the business card, which would not add to your 5/24 count, now features this benefit.

The Hawaiian Airlines® Business MasterCard® issued by Barclays
Up to 70K miles
Up to 70K miles: 60K after $1K in the first 90 days + 10K after a purchase is made on an employee card

$99 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

Recent better offer: 60K after $1K in the first 90 days + 10K after first purchase on an employee card [Expired 8/19]

The standing offer had been 35K after first purchase, making this an increase of 15K miles. While Hawaiian miles aren’t the easiest to use (at one point I searched for nearly an entire year and didn’t find a single saver business seat from New York to Honolulu), this may be of interest if you have a route or partner in mind with good availability and/or a good use for the one-time companion discount. Note that I don’t think this one comes with any free checked bags, an oddity for a major airline card.

Citi AAdvantage® Executive World Elite MasterCard®
60K miles
60K miles after $6K spend in first 3 months

$450 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Excellent choice for those who need Admirals Club access (included for both the primary member and authorized users). Heavy spenders who are short of the miles necessary for status can earn 10K elite qualifying miles with $40K spend. Plus, it offers the usual collection of perks for flying AA (free checked bag, priority boarding, etc.).

The previous new cardmember bonus on this card was good for 50,000 miles. Now you can earn 75,000 miles, though the required spend has been bumped up from $5K to the current $7,500 spending requirement. Still, this might be a good deal for those who need AA lounge access and are looking to bad their stash of AA miles in the process.

This card offered 50K after $2500 spend at one point, but has been down to 35K after $1.5K spend for a while. This bump offers an additional 5,000 miles for an additional $5,000 spend. With the changes to the Cathay Pacific award chart, I’m not sure this one will be compelling for most, but those who have put some time into learning how to maximize Asia Miles and are targeted for a new Membership Rewards transfer bonus might be happy to pad their stash.

JetBlue Card

FM Mini Review: Not bad for a fee-free airline card.

While this morning’s post was about the benefits of the JetBlue Plus card and JetBlue Business card, we’ve found a slightly increased offer on the no-annual-fee JetBlue card, up from 10K points after minimum spend to the new bonus of 15K points.

Cash back changes

This is a very small change that I imagine may appeal most to college students and those just starting out with rewards card who do not have many expenses. Getting $200 back with such little spend required isn’t a bad deal, though with Bank of America’s 2/3/4 rule, it probably appeals to a very niche crowd now.

Same as above, this represents a small bump from $150 to the new bonus of $200 back after $500 in purchases. Like the Major League Baseball card, this one offers 3% back on gas and 2% back on grocery stores and wholesale clubs on up to $2500 in spend per quarter, making it best for those with limited expenses. That said, that crowd could likely do better with a Discover first-year-double up. This mostly makes sense for a small signup bonus win — like perhaps a stufent looking to buy a computer and get a chunk back.

Bottom line

We make an effort to keep the Best Offers page up-to-date with the latest, and these offers represent some recent increases that caught my eye as I updated our spreadsheet. While none of them are standout offers necessarily, we thought it was worth bringing changes to the attention of readers. It’s nice to see the $0 Companion Fare on the business version of the Alaska card as that has been offered on the personal version for quite some time, though the business version won’t affect 5/24 count. As always, you’ll find all of the current best offers on our Best Offers page (and if you ever find a better publicly-available offer, comment there so we can make the appropriate updates.

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