Travel Hacking: The Alaska Airlines Companion Fare
The Alaska Airlines Companion Fare is arguably the best benefit of having the credit card issued by Bank of America. It allows two people to travel together, while the second person only has to pay the taxes and fees. Currently, the offer from Bank of America is waiving the $99 co pay, but every year upon renewal, you’ll pay that in addition to the taxes and fees.
One of the questions we get all the time is “What’s the best way to use my Alaska Airlines Companion Fare?” and it’s never an easy answer. There are certain ways to go about using it that will allow you for maximum value, including upgrades to First Class and more!
Companion Fare Basics
Here’s a few basic rules to the companion fare that everyone should keep in mind:
- You must fly on Alaska/Horizon/SkyWest/Virgin and can’t use a partner (like American)
- You must choose economy class (but there are ways around this)
- One-Way are OK, so are Multi-City trips
- If you cancel your ticket, you lose the code (you can CHANGE however, no problem)
- Both people MUST travel on the companion ticket.
How it works
Using the companion fare couldn’t be easier. Every year on your credit card anniversary, you’ll have one deposited into your mileage plan account. Just log in, head to “discount codes” and click “shop.” Easy peasy!
So long as there are two seats available for sale on a flight, you’ll be able to use the certificate. There are no restrictions on dates, fares, or any blackout dates whatsoever. That’s a huge benefit over a lot of the other airline’s certificates.
Here’s what it looks like when you go to book the flight:
The extra portion that you see underneath the fare is the price for the companion. As you can see, it’s the $99 plus taxes/fees price.
Once you go to checkout, you’ll see the final pricing
So there you go… two ticket for a little over $800 instead of $1050. A $250 savings!
No Mas Coach!
This is a first class blog after all, right? So, let’s talk about ways to get those first class upgrades. When you choose your flight search, choose the dropdown menu that says “MVP Gold Guest Upgrade.” This way, when the booking is complete, you can apply the gold guest upgrades and move up to First Class! Here’s a perfect example.
You want to head to Raleigh for a few days, and you can see that the normal fare is $162 each way, and the fare to upgrade is $200 each way.
Both flights are available to be upgraded with your GGU’s, and the fare will still price out as if it were in coach. Here’s the checkout screen.
$533 for two tickets in First Class! Heck yea!
I want one! I want one!
The companion certificate is available with the Alaska Airlines credit card from Bank of America. To apply, you can either click on the Limited Time offer offer below OR head up to the Credit Card links at the top of the page. While you don’t have to use our links, we sure would be thankful. It’s those clicks and applications that provide us the resources to keep bringing you great content. Thanks in advance, we appreciate it!