Written by Amy last month
Alaska miles are great, especially when redeemed on their many partners, so this is a good card for Alaska Airlines flyers and West Coast travelers who don’t otherwise qualify for the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card.
Review of the Alaska Airlines Platinum Plus
Although Alaska Airlines flies mostly in the Western U.S., with its large network of partners and over 900 destinations around the world, its Mileage Plan™ can get you further than some other popular redemptions programs.
If your income and credit history don’t qualify you for the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card, you may be issued this Alaska Airlines Platinum Plus® card which carries a lower annual fee, fewer benefits, and fewer bonus miles. Instead of earning 3X on airfare, Platinum Plus cardholders earn 2X on airfare, and instead of an annual Alaska’s Famous Companion Fare™ Platinum Plus cardholders earn a $50 airline discount.
Using the Platinum version, $1,000 of spending within 90 days will qualify new cardholders for 5,000 bonus miles (enough to purchase a one-way domestic ticket) and a $50 Discount Code on a future Alaska Airlines or Virgin America flight.
The Bottom Line
Even though the benefits of this card are less than the Signature version its still a card worth having since you’ll receive enough miles after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days to purchases a one-way domestic ticket and a recurring annual $50 discount on a future flights (which offsets the $50 annual fee).