I recently applied for both the personal and business version of the Alaska Airline Visa cards. In total I will earn 55,000 Alaska Airline miles. These cards are among the best ways to earn Alaska Airlines miles and I have been wanting to build up my Alaska miles accounts to take advantage of their generous stopover and open-jaw rules on international partner awards.

For instance, on an award flight to Asia you can fly on Delta and stopover in Tokyo or fly on Emirates with a stopover in Dubai on the way. If you really want to maximize it you can have one stopover in each direction.

Alaska Airline Visa Signature Credit Card

The current best sign-up bonus is for 30,000 miles after the first purchase. However, one thing to watch out for is that if your credit score is not high enough to get approved for the Visa Signature card, you may be approved for the standard Visa version of the card and will not get the higher bonus.

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The bonus usually posts very fast on this card. The 30,000 bonus miles were credited to my account before I actually received the card in the mail, so technically you’re able to earn the bonus before making the first purchase. Interestingly they were credited as three separate transactions all on the same day. There are a lot of other reports on the web that confirm that the bonus posts before getting the card.

Alaska Airlines Visa Business Credit Card

Unlike the personal credit card, there is only one version of the Alaska Airline Visa Business Credit Card. This means there is no risk of being approved for the lower version of the card. The sign-up bonus is currently 25,000 miles after the first purchase, however it takes longer for the bonus miles to credit to your account. According to a Bank of America representative the bonus should post after the first billing cycle and on the 5th of the month.

Can You Get Both Cards on the Same Day?

During my last round of credit card applications I wanted to see if I could get both the personal and business versions of the Alaska Airline Visa. Following reports that people have been approved for multiple versions of the personal card I assumed this would be completely feasible and I was in fact approved for both. This makes getting both of these cards an easy way to get 55,000 bonus miles with no minimum spending requirement.

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About the author

Rand Shoaf

Introduced to traveling at a young age, Rand has since traveled to over 45 countries. Learning how to maximize credit card sign-up bonuses in college has allowed him to earn millions of travel miles and points. Using the same tips and tricks he writes about here has ultimately allowed him to explore the word for pennies on the dollar.