Alaska Airlines Credit Card Adds Discounts for Lounge Access, In-Flight Purchases

Meghan CoyleJune 14, 2019
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Bank of America® and Alaska Airlines recently rolled out new perks for cardholders of the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card.

New and existing cardholders get 20% back on Alaska Airlines in-flight purchases and a 50% discount on lounge day passes when they pay with their Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card.

Here’s what you need to know about the new benefits:

20% back on Alaska Airlines in-flight purchases

Once you’re onboard an Alaska Airlines flight, most everything you swipe your card for qualifies for 20% back. That includes food, beverage, and Wi-Fi purchases. The rebate will be awarded in the form of a statement credit, which will post to the cardholder’s account within seven days from the transaction posting date.

50% discount on lounge access

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card cardholders will only have to pay $25 per person, instead of the normal $50 per person, to have one-day access to an Alaska Airlines lounge. Lounge passes also can be purchased, but must be used on the day they are purchased. Alaska currently has lounges at five airports, with another slated to open at San Francisco Airport (SFO) in 2020:

  • Anchorage Airport (ANC).

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

  • Los Angeles Airport (LAX).

  • Portland Airport (PDX).

  • Seattle/Tacoma Airport (SEA) — three lounges.

For West Coast travelers who frequently fly out of these airports, this perk could be a nice option to make a long layover a little more comfortable. Because airport food is pricey, a discounted day pass might be a good way to save money on sustenance, because Alaska Airlines lounges provide unlimited free food and drinks once you're inside.

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Bottom line

These new perks aren’t huge money savers, but they are welcome additions to an already attractive card. The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card has a $75 annual fee but also boasts a valuable companion fare benefit, free checked bags and a generous sign-up bonus: Get a $100 statement credit, 40,000 bonus miles and Alaska's Famous Companion Fare™ from $121 ($99 fare plus taxes and fees from $22) after you make $2,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of opening your account. Frequent Alaska Airlines fliers stand to benefit the most from these new perks, which can help save money during flights and layovers.

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