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One of the coolest airline credit card perks out there is the Alaska Airlines credit card’s annual companion fare certificate that allows you to bring along a companion on a purchased Alaska Airlines flight in economy for just $99 base fare + taxes and fees that start at $22. If you can put that certificate to good use each year, then that alone makes the card’s $75 annual fee worth it in my view.
The real play to me is to use the companion certificate to go somewhere awesome, like Hawaii. Right now there is an opportunity to get an overall great deal by using the companion certificate along with some lower than normal fares to Hawaii on Alaska Airlines from places like Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Detroit, and Atlanta.
For example, right now I can buy a ticket for various fall travel dates through mid-December from Houston to Honolulu or Maui from about $500-ish per person – use a calendar search on the Alaska website to spot the cheapest travel dates. That by itself is a very decent fare to Hawaii from the middle of the country. However, if you have the Alaska Companion Certificate via the co-branded credit card, you can do better stacking deals by getting two tickets for around $700+ all-in on the cheapest dates.
You will likely hit an error using the certificate if you pick an itinerary with more than two segments each direction, but above is an example of two adults going from Houston to Honolulu for just $727 all-in! That is $363 per person to fly all the way to Hawaii and back, which is a very, very good price. If you play around with dates you may be able to do even better. Both travelers will also earn Alaska miles based on the distance flown, which is pretty great!
I’d move quickly if you want in on this deal as good prices to Hawaii rarely last very long!
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