Alaska Airlines Card Changes
The Alaska Airlines credit card is being updated with some changes already in effect and others introduced in March. The annual fee will increase by $20 and the free bag benefit now requires you to use the card. On the other hand, there are new bonus categories and a 10% miles bonus for having a bank account with Bank of America. Check out all the details below.
Effective March 2023, the annual fee will increase to $95. That’s a $20 increase from the current annual fee of $75. If you apply before march you will pay the lower annual fee. If you already have the card, then you will pay the new fee on your next anniversary date.
New Bonus Categories
The Alaska Airlines credit card is getting new bonus categories where you can earn 2x miles for every dollar you spend. That includes gas, transit, cable, and select streaming services. These new categories are already live.
You will also continue to earn 3x miles on Alaska Airlines purchases an 1x on all other purchases.
10% Relationship Bonus
Alaska Airlines cardholders can now earn a 10% reward bonus on all miles earned from purchases if they have an eligible Bank of American account. This bonus is also live already.
Free Checked Bag Benefit
The free checked bag benefit is changing, effective March 2023. It will only apply to tickets paid with the Alaska Airlines credit card. Previously you would get this benefit just for being a cardholder. This was useful as you could use another card with travel insurance and protections.
This benefit will extends to authorized users as well. It works for the cardholder and up to 6 other passengers traveling on the same reservation.
- Priority boarding when you use your card to book. Effective immediately.
- $100 off Alaska Lounge+ Membership (regular price is $550 for Elites and $650 for non-Elites). It will go in effect in march. It will replace the current 50% off day pass benefit.
These Benefits Are NOT Changing
- Alaska Companion Fare
- 3X on Alaska purchases on all other purchases (outside of 2x categories)
- 20% Inflight Rebate