Earn Alaska elite miles through credit card spend (& added category bonus)

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For a limited time, Alaska Airlines is offering bonus elite qualifying miles with credit card spend: Earn 2,500 elite qualifying miles for each $5K spent on purchases from June 1st through September 30th (up to 10K bonus elite qualifying miles per cardholder). They are also adding a restaurant category bonus as shown below.

Alaska Airlines Companion Fare

The Deal

  • Alaska Airlines is offering the following bonuses for credit card spend:
    • Earn 2,500 elite qualifying miles for each $5K spent on purchases from June 1st through September 30th
    • 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants and on take-out and delivery from June 1st to July 31, 2020 on up to $1500 in spend
  • Additionally, Alaska is offering 50% bonus elite qualifying miles on flights taken through the end of the year (this offer launched a couple of months ago and has now been extended through the end of the year)
  • Direct link to more info

Quick Thoughts

Given the cap here, you probably won’t be able to earn Alaska elite status from spend only, though it could get you halfway to MVP status. I’m not totally confident that you couldn’t earn status through spend alone because the terms state that you can earn up to 10K elite qualifying miles per cardholder. It isn’t immediately clear whether one could be counted separately as a business cardholder and as a personal Visa cardholder. My initial guess is that Alaska wouldn’t award more than 10K elite qualifying miles per member — but then I’m not sure why it says up to a max of 10K elite qualifying miles per cardholder rather than per Mileage Plan member. At any rate, my bet is that it’s a max of 10K elite qualifying miles per member, so you’ll be capped at $20K spend for 10K elite qualifying miles.

Keep in mind of course that Alaska previously extended elite status, so if you already have elite status you would not need to worry about earning elite qualifying miles this year. They will not roll over.

H/T: Doctor of Credit

 

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