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

Meghan CoyleJun 14, 2019

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Bank of America® and Alaska Airlines recently rolled out new perks for cardholders of the .

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 .

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

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.

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:

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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These new perks aren’t huge money savers, but they are welcome additions to an . The has a annual fee but also boasts a valuable companion fare benefit, free checked bags and a generous sign-up bonus: 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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