MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard

Last updated on: January 1, 2021
  • Up to 30,000 Alaska miles
  • $99 Annual fee
Best offer is available publicly
Signup bonus:
30,000 Alaska miles (World Elite)
20,000 Alaska miles (Platinum Plus)
Upon meeting minimum spending
Minimum spending:
$1,000 in the first three months
Annual fee:
$99 (World Elite)
$75 (Platinum Plus)
Offset by $65 or $50 cash back from Great Canadian Rebates
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 (World Elite only)
US$121 companion voucher

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.

The annual fee of $99 is not waived, although by applying via Great Canadian Rebates, you get $65 cash back. That’s a very good deal in exchange for earning 30,000 Alaska miles.

Meanwhile, the MBNA Alaska Airlines Platinum Plus MasterCard offers 20,000 miles in the Mileage Plan program upon spending $1,000 within the first 90 days of account opening. The annual fee is $75, and you also get $50 cash back via Great Canadian Rebates.

The main difference between the World Elite and Platinum Plus versions of the card is the income requirement. The World Elite card has a minimum income requirement of $80,000 in personal annual income or $150,000 in household income, so if you meet one of those requirements, you can go ahead and apply to receive 30,000 Alaska miles.

If you don’t meet those thresholds, however, you can apply for the Platinum Plus version of the card and receive 20,000 Alaska miles.

Another awesome perk of this card is that 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.

Since it’s a companion fare, it’s best used for 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 companion fare can be great for those of you living in cities serviced by Alaska (in Canada, that’s only Vancouver or Calgary). It’ll be less useful for those of us on the East Coast, for example, though if you spend a fair amount of time in the US, it can still be a valuable perk.

Lastly, if you’re a World Elite cardholder, you’ll also get free checked bags on Alaska Airlines for up to six passengers on the same reservation. That’s another perk that can be very useful if you regularly fly with Alaska.

Earning Rewards

With the MBNA Alaska Airlines 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. Cards like the American Express Gold Rewards Card offer 2x points on gas, groceries, and travel purchases.

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.

Insurance Coverage

Here’s where the card pales in comparison to some of the other good travel rewards credit cards in the marketplace. The MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard doesn’t offer much in the way of travel insurance. It doesn’t have emergency medical insurance, flight delay and trip cancellation insurance, purchase protection, or any of that good stuff.

For that reason, this card is best suited for simply signing up, meeting the minimum spend requirement, grabbing the points, and then leaving it in the back of your wallet for small purchases here and there.

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).

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    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;

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    What does 30,000 Alaska Miles get you?

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

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    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?

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      Prince* – sorry for the typo

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    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

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    Flight Hacks

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


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