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One of the best annual credit card perks comes via the Alaska Airlines credit card issued by Bank of America. It carries with it a $75 annual fee, but it also comes with an annual companion fare pass that allows you to bring one person on a paid Alaska Airlines flight for roughly $121 ($99 + $22+ in taxes/fees) regardless of the price of the firs ticket. It is only valid for coach travel, but it can be used to go as far as Hawaii, Alaska, etc. meaning it isn’t hard to get several hundred dollars in value from the annual certificate. If you have access to Alaska upgrades, it is actually possible to leverage those to end up in first class on the purchased coach tickets.
Suffice to say, this was already a great credit card annual perk, however it recently got even better. Thanks to the Alaska Airlines and Virgin America merger, you can now use your Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate to book Virgin America flights as shown below via the Alaska site! You can also mix and match Alaska and Virgin flights on the same itinerary.
Sadly for me personally, Virgin America doesn’t operate any flights out of Houston, but they do have a few out of Texas and have a greater route network in other parts of the country. Virgin America can take you to some of my favorite spots like Cabo, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and multiple Hawaiian Islands.
It is very likely that our next family trip to Hawaii will be booked by utilizing two Alaska Airlines Companion Certificates so that we pay for two coach fares and get the second two for just $121 each round trip. Now having more flight options via Virgin America just makes the Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate that much more awesome!
How do you like to use your annual Alaska Companion Certificate and will the new Virgin America flight options help your family?
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