How to get the best Alaska Airlines signup bonus (30K + $100 statement credit + free companion)

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Alaska Airlines has introduced a new version of their signup bonus.  They still offer 30,000 miles after $1,000 spend, but now they’ll also waive the $99 companion charge when using your companion ticket within the first year of card membership.  In other words, rather than paying $99 plus taxes and fees for your companion, you’ll pay just the taxes and fees.

We found that you can do even better via a dummy booking.

Go to alaskaair.com, and go through all of the steps to book a flight.  When you get to the final payment screen, you should see an offer that includes 30,000 miles, a waived $99 companion ticket, and a $100 statement credit.  You can sign up through that link without purchasing the ticket.

Alaska checkout method

After clicking the “Apply Now” button, you’ll be taken to a page that shows the full details of the companion fare offer:

Alaska zero dollar companion fare

Note that they’ll waive the $99 companion fare only in the first year.  For each subsequent year of card membership, you’ll have to pay $99 plus taxes and fees for your companion.

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