Saving $1,136 on 2 RT Flights to Hawaii (during X-mas)

In a previous post about the Alaska Airlines Rewards Credit Card, I talked about their new, limited-time, sign-up bonus. Well, I just received the coupon code for the aforementioned “companion fare” and went ahead and booked the flight for December.

Obviously, flights to Hawaii over Christmas are going to be expensive, which is why we decided that this would be a great time to use the companion fare.

At $1,192 / RT Ticket, it’s definitely inflated compared to flights during off-peak times which tend to sit between $400-$800 from LAX. But, combine the peak season fare with Alaska’s perk and the total price for BOTH tickets comes to $1,247.00, with the second ticket being only $55. That’s how I saved almost $1,200.

I’d say meeting the $1,000 minimum spend on this credit card was totally worth it. Another benefit, I will get another “companion fare” deposited to my account on Jan 1, 2018.

Credit Card: AAvantage Aviator World Elite MasterCard – NEW Sign-up Bonus!

Today, American Airlines and Barclaycard have increased the sign-up bonus on their co-branded credit card. You have until November 30th to apply for the offer and receive the bonus.

The new sign-up bonus is 60,000 American Airlines points, up from 50,000. But, the real benefit comes from the fact that you do not have to meet any minimum spending requirements to receive the bonus. You must pay the yearly $95 fee up front though and you must make any purchase with the card within the first 90 days of membership.

The 60k points are worth about $840.00, but if you are smart and use the points wisely you can squeeze out even more value.

Some of the additional benefits are:

  • Free 1st Checked Bag + up to 4 travel companions on the same ticket.
  • Preferred Boarding + up to 4 travel companions on the same ticket.
  • 25% In-flight savings (movies, drinks, food, etc)
  • 2x Points on all American Airlines flights + 10% points back on point purchases

I plan on using this card one time, and maybe once more to make an actual flight purchase, then cancelling it before the yearly fee renews.

Barclaycard & AAvantage Aviator World Elite MasterCard (Link Opens In New Window)

Note: I was approved with a 777 FICO score with a $12,000 line of credit on 8/29/17.


Credit Card: Alaska Airlines Visa Signature – NEW Sign-up Bonus

A few weeks ago, Alaska added an increased sign-up bonus on their Visa co-branded credit card. In addition to the usual 30,000 sign-up bonus after spending the min spend requirements ($1,000 in 90 Days), they have added for a limited-time an extra perk! If you sign-up before Aug 31, 2017, you will be able to redeem Alaska’s famous companion fare ticket for only the taxes on your second ticket (when purchasing together).

This means Alaska is waiving the usual $99 fee that is added onto the companion fare. If you are approved for this card before the time runs out, you can essentially get two companion tickets in your first year of card ownership because Alaska renews the companion fare in your account each calendar year. The companion fare alone makes this card a good addition to your wallet despite the $75 annual fee.

I plan on using this credit card’s companion fare for a flight to Honolulu, HI from Los Angeles, CA.

Click here to Apply for the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card (Link Opens In New Window)

Note: I have a 740 FICO and was approved with a $17,000 line of credit on 8/4/17.