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How I Flew for Free: Transcontinental Flight for a Wedding With Alaska Airlines Miles

Jan. 11, 2019
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This fan of Alaska Airlines used miles to get from New Jersey to San Diego for a family wedding.

The cardholder

Name: Tanner Caterina-Knorr
Age: 29
Occupation: Business owner
Home: Hoboken, New Jersey
Credit card: Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card

The trip

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?

A: No.

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?

A: No.

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?

A: No.

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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