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If you have an Alaska Airlines Credit Card from Bank of America, one of the coolest perks of the card (besides the awesome sign up bonus) is the “Coach Companion Fare” you get every year you are a cardholder. The terms of the offer say that Companion Fare is $99, but after taxes and fees, you are closer to $120. Still a great deal, here is how to use the Companion Fare to book your next trip…
If you have an Alaska Airlines Credit Card (either personal or business version), log into your Alaska Airlines account, and click on Valid under the Discount Codes section.
On this page, you will see details of your Companion Fare along with the expiration date. You must redeem the Companion Fare discount code by the expiration date, but travel can be well after that date.
Clicking on the terms and condition link brings up this box:
Bottom half of the terms and condition box:
To use your Companion Fare, click the shop button.
That will take you back to the home page and have the Companion Fare discount code automatically entered into the discounts box. You can now search for paid flights, but you must search for 2 passengers.
On the results page, you will see a new icon underneath all search options indicating the first passenger’s price on top with the companion’s price on the bottom.
After finding the flights you want, click the continue button to view the itinerary.
You will see the base fare for the first passenger, along with the $99 companion fare along with some taxes/fees. The total comes out to $511.44 or $255.72 per person. Click proceed to checkout to purchase the itinerary.
The primary passenger should be the person who has the Alaska Airlines Credit Card, so fill in their information. Then enter the information for your companion traveler. Since this is a paid itinerary, you both will earn full mileage and elite mileage credit. Don’t forget to enter your Global Entry number in the Known Traveler section (Go for Global Entry).
Select your seats and continue to the next page.
Here is a great place to purchase additional Alaska Airline miles for 2 cents each. Could be a good deal for some, but I passed on the offer.
Confirm all the information and scroll to the bottom of the page.
If you want another Alaska Airlines Credit Card, feel free to apply for one here. This offer is slightly different that the above offer because this offer has 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles, plus $100 statement credit to offset the $75 annual fee. The above offer is only 30,000 Alaska Airlines miles but comes with no statement credit. Anyway, click the purchase button to finalize your itinerary.
Congratulations, your itinerary has been confirmed.
Here is a more detailed breakdown of the taxes and fees associated with the Companion Fare. The total price for the Companion Fare came to $128.43, so there were $29.43 in taxes and fees attached to the Companion Fare.
To view your used discount codes, go to your Alaska Airlines account page and click on Used under the Discount Codes header.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.