**Update July 31st 2018. Welcome Bonus on the MBNA Alaska Airlines World Elite MasterCard is 30,000 miles. Annual Fee is $99. GCR rebate remains steady at $60 for an effective Annual Fee of $39. Income Requirement is $80K Personal or $150K Household.
If you don’t qualify, MBNA will give you the option of applying for the Platinum Plus version which has a Welcome Bonus of 20,000 Miles and an annual fee of $75 less $60 rebate from GCR.
A U.S. airline, co-branded credit card, for Canadians, in Canada?? Yup you read that right. The MBNA Alaska Airlines has a sweet offering for Canadians and with the many redemption offerings the Mileage Plan has to offer, it’s no wonder this card is an extremely attractive choice for “America’s Hat”.
Welcome Bonus: 25,000 miles (Mileage Plus program) after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months.
Annual Fee: Effectively $15
($75 less GCR cash back of $60)
Referral Power: None
Earning Power: 3 Miles per dollar spent on Alaska Airlines flights and vacation packages.
1 Mile per dollar spent on everything else.
Bells & Whistles:
Earning 25,000 Miles for $75 is a pretty sweet deal. Earning 25,000 Miles for effectively $15 is an even better one!
When you apply through the Great Canadian Rebates link below, you’ll get $60 cash-back.
What can you do with 25,000 Miles? Canada to U.S redemptions start as little as 5,000 miles for a one-way ticket on Alaska Airlines.
Looking to step it up a bit? Put those 25,000 miles towards some of the real sweet spots of the program.
The beautiful thing about the Mileage Plan is its partnership with other airline programs. This means that the redemption opportunities are nearly endless! Some of the airlines in this partnership include the following: Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qantas, etc. Lots of options to go around and rightfully so, on some of the best airlines in the world!
On top of the Welcome Bonus, you’ll also receive a yearly Round-Trip companion fare from $99USD plus taxes and fees on Alaska Airlines and Virgin American flights. This is most useful for those living in Vancouver or Calgary as those cities are serviced by Alaska Airlines.
Earning Power on the MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard is as follows: 3 Miles per dollar spent on Alaska Airlines flights and vacation packages and 1 Mile per dollar spent on everything else.
To be honest, there are basically none.
No, flight delay insurance, no trip cancellation insurance, or even emergency medical insurance. Want purchase protection? Forget about it. It doesn’t include that either. To be honest, this card is definitely not good for everyday spending. Save that for your Amex cards. Get the card, hit the minimum spend, grab the points and park this bad boy somewhere.
The MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard should be on your radar for its easily attainable miles which can be used towards some amazing experiences in the sky – think Emirates, Cathay, Japan Airlines, etc.
As mentioned above, you’ll receive 25,000 Miles for signing up and hitting the minimum spend of $1,000 in 3 months all for the effective low cost of $15 after the $60 Cash-Back rebate from Great Canadian Rebates.
You’ll also receive a yearly Companion Fare for travel on Alaska and Virgin America flights.
And as always folks, if you have any questions, you know the drill – either shoot me an email or a comment below.