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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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[Sale Extended thru 7/12] Alaska Airlines: Decade of Awesome Sale – Fares as Low as $49

Update: Alaska Airlines just sent out an email to announce that the sale is extended one more day: “We’ve extended our sale and you have one more day to join us in our revelry with fares as low as $49*, one way.”

Good morning Alaska Airlines! Everyone is getting in on the act today. If you’ve got any travel plans and Alaska or Virgin airlines are in the picture, check out their one day sale.

Decade of Awesome

We’re celebrating ranking “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America, 10 Years in a Row” by J.D. Power. And our friends at Virgin America are celebrating being ‘Top Domestic Airline’ 2017 in Travel + Leisure ‘World’s Best Awards’.†† Join us in our revelry with fares as low as $49*, one way. Hurry, these fares are only good today.