MBNA Alaska Airlines World Elite Mastercard

Last updated: January 27, 2021
  • 30,000 Alaska miles
  • $783 First-year value
Signup bonus:
30,000 Alaska miles upon spending $1,000 in the first three months
Annual fee:
Earning rate:
3 Alaska miles per dollar spent on Alaska Airlines airfare and vacations
1 Alaska mile per dollar spent on all purchases
Perks & benefits:
Free checked bags on Alaska Airlines
US$121 companion voucher
Car rental discounts

The MBNA Alaska Airlines World Elite Mastercard is a great card for members of the Mileage Plan program. The bulk of the card’s value is in its signup bonus, rather than everyday spending.

If you don’t meet the minimum income requirement, you should apply for the card’s Platinum Plus variant instead, with a lower welcome bonus but many of the same features. You can’t have both cards at once, so choose the best one that you can qualify for.

Bonuses & Fees

The MBNA Alaska Airlines World Elite Mastercard offers 30,000 miles in the Mileage Plan program upon spending $1,000 within the first 90 days of account opening.

Earning Rewards

With the MBNA Alaska Airlines World Elite Mastercard, you’ll earn 3 miles per dollar spent on Alaska Airlines airfare and vacation packages, and 1 mile per dollar spent on all other purchases.

As far as Canadian credit cards go, this card isn’t the best option for daily spending, unless you’re aggressively prioritizing Mileage Plan miles above all other rewards. Cards like the American Express Gold Rewards Card offer 2x points on gas, groceries, and travel purchases, for example.

However, by virtue of being a Mastercard, you’ll find that the Alaska card is accepted at more locations than any of your American Express cards, so it can be a good backup option to keep in your wallet.

Redeeming Rewards

Miles are transferred to your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan account every month on the Sunday after your statement date, although sometimes there are delays.

If MBNA can’t find your Mileage Plan account when you apply for the credit card, they might open a new one for you. If that happens, you’d have to contact Mileage Plan to merge the accounts. If you can’t find your miles, you can look up your Mileage Plan account number to see if you have an account that you were unaware of.

Perks & Benefits

Every year you get one round-trip companion fare from US$121 ($99 plus taxes and fees from $22) on Alaska and Virgin America flights, with no blackout dates. It’s valid for an economy ticket within the contiguous US, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, and Mexico.

To use the fare when travelling as a duo, you have to book one round-trip somewhere on the Alaska route network, then you apply the companion fare to the booking to add the second passenger for just US$121. The cardholder doesn’t have to be one of the passengers, as long as their credit card is used to purchase the tickets.

The companion fare can be great for anyone living in cities serviced by Alaska. In Canada, that’s Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary, or Edmonton. It’s less useful for those on the East Coast, though if you spend a fair amount of time in the US, it can still be a valuable perk.

As a World Elite cardholder, you’ll also get free checked bags on Alaska Airlines for up to six passengers on the same reservation.

Cardholders can also get car rental discounts at Avis and Budget. You’ll save at least 10% in Canada and the US, or 5% internationally, on qualifying rentals at participating locations.

Insurance Coverage

This card comes with the same insurance as all of MBNA’s World Elite cards. Here are a few highlights.

Notably, the card can be used for insurance on award tickets. Coverage for a common carrier accident or an unexpected return home is valid as long as the ticket was paid at least in part on the card. However, the card doesn’t offer insurance for trip cancellation, delays of any kind, or lost baggage at all.

For the types of coverage that extend to the cardholder’s spouse and children, they don’t need to be travelling together with the primary cardholder to be insured.

The card offers comprehensive car rental insurance, beyond the typical collision damage insurance. You are protected in the event of personal injury if you are in a rental vehicle accident.

Also, the card provides rental car burglary insurance. This means that your personal effects are insured if the car is stolen or if your belongings are stolen from the car, as opposed to just the value of the car itself being insured in the event of theft or damage.

Historical Offers

Apply Now

Click here to apply for the MBNA Alaska Airlines World Elite Mastercard (minimum $80,000 in personal annual income or $150,000 in household annual income).


Click here to apply for the MBNA Alaska Airlines Platinum Plus Mastercard (no minimum income requirement, but a smaller signup bonus).

  1. Yulia

    Hi Ricky, just a quick suggestion if perhaps you may want to mention / add in a brief note under “Perks & Benefits” that Alaska Mileage does not ever expire even without any qualifying activity so it’s really low maintenance. To me, this is a very rare quality for an airline award program to have these days and definitely an AWESOME perks! (thumbs up).

    Also just want to quickly mention that I’ve been following your blog since 2019 (rather passively though :P) and don’t post very often so just want to take a minute to show my appreciation and say thank you and well done! I’ve seen the gradual evolution of the site and content and must say you did an amazing job! Keep it up! (double thumbs up).

  2. Grantie

    Can you apply for MBNA Alaska Airlines Platinum Plus MasterCard right after recieving the MBNA Alaska Airlines World Elite MasterCard?

    1. Grantie

      Sorry Prince, I just read another of your excellent articles on the Alaska cards. Wow! I know now one cannot have both cards at the same time but……I appreciate all your excellent suggestions

  3. Neil

    Ricky, the special offer links for the MBNA Alaska Airlines Platinum Plus MasterCard are no longer working. The World Elite card links still work however;

  4. Helpful Fox

    What does 30,000 Alaska Miles get you?

    1. Helpful Fox

      Never mind – I see that you have an amazing blog post on it! Thank you!

  5. DC

    Hey Price of Travel – I used your Alaska WE MC application link and saw an instant decline page after hitting apply. Checked my credit report and noticed no hits. Called MBNA and they reported that no record of the application is available even 24 hours after the application. Highly unusual as per the CS guy.
    Any chance the link is not valid anymore?

    1. DC

      Prince* – sorry for the typo

  6. Osvald

    Are there any creative approaches for those living in Quebec?

    As soon as I enter QC as a province it says you’re not eligible for the bonus and the whole thing goes to the dogs.

    I suppose, if I applied with a QC address I still could get the card. But without the bonus its not much fun, is there?

    Option B could be using my chum’s address anywhere outside Quebec. With my SIN the bank perhaps would still find my credit file. But having different addresses for different banks might create a bit of a mess in the long run.

    Any thoughts? Many thanks

  7. Flight Hacks

    Damn Ricky your card pages look slick! Loving the minimal card designs you’ve done.

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