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This fan of Alaska Airlines used miles to get from New Jersey to San Diego for a family wedding.
Name: Tanner Caterina-Knorr Age: 29 Occupation: Business owner Home: Hoboken, New Jersey Credit card: Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card
Route: Round trip from Newark Liberty International Airport to San Diego International Airport Dates of travel: June 15 - 17, 2018 Airline: Alaska Airlines Class of service: Premium class
Q: Did you visit a lounge at the airport?
Q: Did you travel alone or with someone?
A: Yes, we went to San Diego for my cousin’s wedding, so it was definitely a fun time with family.
The card and loyalty program
Q: What card/loyalty program did you use to get a free trip?
A: I used the Alaska Mileage Plan with points earned from my Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card.
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Q: How long were you a member at that time?
A: Four years.
Q: How long were you planning/saving for this trip?
A: Six months.
Q: What's your favorite perk of this card/program?
A: The points add up quickly with the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card because I earn miles on all purchases. I also use Alaska Airlines for many of my flights and there are bonus miles for flights booked with Alaska. I also like the annual companion fare. Once a year with the Alaska credit card, you have the ability to book a companion fare for $99 when you buy another ticket for the same flight.
Redemption and booking
Q: Did you take advantage of promotions while earning points for this trip?
Q: How did you book?
A: On Alaska Airline’s website.
Q: How many miles did this cost?
A: 40,000 miles.
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Q: Did you book in conjunction with a promotion or deal?
Q: Any upgrades?
A: We upgraded to premium class for the leg room, free drinks and entertainment.
What’s up next?
We are saving for an international trip next time — potentially Japan!
Photo via Tanner Caterina-Knorr.
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