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PSA: Free Checked Bags on Alaska Airlines by Linking BofA Credit Card to Mileage Plan Number

Do you fly Alaska Airlines? Do you have the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card? Do you ever pay to check your bag when you fly Alaska Airlines? Something strange happened to me recently when I flew Alaska Airlines, and I just figured out what happened! For years I flew on Alaska Airlines, and if I checked a bag, I was charged a checked bag fee and paid for it. Then for a few years, I had Alaska Airlines MVP Gold elite status and got used to not paying for checked bags. That was nice! After those status days ended, I had a few flights where I got charged for checked bags and paid the fee. However, for my last five flights where I’ve needed to check a bag, I wasn’t charged a fee. I had no idea why, and I almost didn’t want to know :)

But recently, I put the pieces of the puzzle together and I want to make sure you’re in the know too! You see, I’ve also had the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card for years, and because everyone focuses on the Companion Fare benefit, it’s easy to forget, as I did, that the card also comes with one FREE checked bag for you and up to six other passengers on your reservation.

Somehow I completely forgot about the free checked bag benefit

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New AMEX Offer for Etsy: $15 Off $50 (Expires 9/30)

Good morning everyone.  I was just looking through my AMEX Offers and spotted an offer for Etsy.  You can get a $15 statement credit after spending $50 online.  I have never bought anything from Etsy, but I know they have some pretty cool stuff.  This offer was on every single one of my cards (except for the AMEX Blue Business Plus Credit Card, which never seems to have any AMEX Offers).

If you are an Etsy expert, tell me what items I should buy.  Does anyone sell on Etsy?  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.  Have a great day everyone!

I Downgraded to the Virgin America Visa Signature Credit Card

Good morning everyone.  A few days ago, the $149 annual fee posted to my Virgin America Premium Credit Card.  I called the number on the back of the credit card to see if there were any retention offers available, but sadly, the rep had no offers available for me.  Instead of closing the credit card, the rep suggested that I downgrade to the Virgin America Visa Signature Credit Card that had a $49 annual fee.

Most of the card benefits are the same for both cards, including the Virgin America $150 off companion discount code, free checked bag, and 20% off in-flight purchases.  The only difference between the credit cards is the Visa Signature credit card does not earn status points (not a big deal since I am Virgin America Gold and Alaska Airlines MVP Gold), I will get charged a fee for changing or cancelling my ticket (I never used this feature when I had my Virgin America Premium Credit Card) and I will be charged foreign transaction fees (I will never use this credit card internationally).

The only reason I kept the credit card is for the Virgin America $150 off companion discount code and my curiosity surrounding what will happen to this credit card when the Alaska Airlines / Virgin America merger is complete.  If my memory is correct, the Virgin America $150 off companion discount code used to only apply to the Virgin America Premium Credit Card, but sometime in the last year, that benefit was added to the Virgin America Visa Signature Credit Card.

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Wells Fargo Propel World AMEX Sign Up Bonus Posts Slowly

Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend.  In March, I wrote a blog post where I contemplated applying for 10 credit cards during my March App-O-Rama.  In April, I shared the results of my App-O-Rama. And then in May, I wrote My March App-O-Rama Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses Post.  One noticeable exception to that last post was the 40,000 Go Far Rewards Points sign up bonus for my Wells Fargo Propel World American Express Credit Card.  I patiently waited for the sign up bonus to post, but it seemed like the points got lost (insert bad joke that Wells Fargo is still using horse-drawn stagecoaches to deliver sign up bonuses and maybe a bank robber intercepted my points).

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Ebates Flash Cash Back Day: 200+ Stores Offering Extra Cash Back

Good evening everyone, I was just about to go to bed when I saw an email from Ebates regarding Flash Cash Back Day.  Flash Cash Back Day was created to compete against Amazon Prime Day which begins at 6pm PT on July 10.  During Ebates’ Flash Cash Back Day, you can earn extra cash back (somewhere between 2x and 5x the standard cash back rate) at 200+ stores.  You can see all participating stores here. If you are not a member of Ebates, you can sign up for a free account (my referral link) and earn a $10 cash bonus after you make a $25 purchase.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.  Happy shopping everyone!