Alaska Airlines Canadian MasterCard

Old Aug 13, 2013, 5:48 pm
  #151  
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
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Originally Posted by Toronto1970
What on earth is the difference between an "Alaska Airlines mile" and an "Alaska Airlines World Elite mile"? I realize that the card is a "World Elite" card, but that doesn't change the type of Alaska miles earned (?!?!?!)
I just spoke to them and there is no difference between a regular Alaska mile and a World Elite Alaska mile. They are exactly the same and the AS program doesn't change at all. She said they just call them World Elite miles because they come from a World Elite MasterCard instead of a Platinum MasterCard. And the only 2 differences in the programs are concierge service and price protection. Everything else is exactly the same as the Platinum card program. But hey, for 10,000 miles each and a shiny black card, I went ahead and upgraded both of my cards.
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Old Aug 13, 2013, 9:38 pm
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Anyone know if this upgrade to World Elite will result in a change to your number or an inquiry on your bureau?
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Old Aug 13, 2013, 9:57 pm
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Originally Posted by jason_stn21
Anyone know if this upgrade to World Elite will result in a change to your number or an inquiry on your bureau?
It will change your card number and your pin won't carry over but no inquiry. I was upgraded on the spot, no waiting, no inquiry. She said it was because it is only offered to select customers who are pre-screened (not pre-approved). Individual income over $70K and/or household income over $120K and other factors so no inquiry was necessary. She read me the disclosure which is the same as in post #144 and there was no consent for inquiry. I did my husband's upgrade online and again, it was instant with no delay that one usually gets when an inquiry is made. Your old account is closed and a new card sent. She put me on hold to check when the old account would be closed and came back to say the old card is valid until I activate the new one. Everything will be moved over to the new card (charges, miles earned etc.) except pre authorized payments. I have to change those manually. And call in to select a new pin.

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Old Aug 13, 2013, 11:36 pm
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Only came across this card due to this thread

so in general, is the card worth it for East Coast pax?

I'm YYZ-based, so closest Alaska route (for companion) is probably ORD-SEA (I'm in Waterloo and can fly YKF-ORD for 4500 Avios one-way)

25K Alaska, at 1.5 cents (using @lucky's valuation) is about $375
- $75 annual fee = $300 value on sign up PLUS the not-sure-how-useful companion

How would this compare to the WestJet card in Canada?
They're very similar, $99 annual fee, $250 signup, $99 companion
http://www.rbcroyalbank.com/credit-c...astercard.html
Enjoy a welcome bonus of $250 WestJet dollars‡ and an annual round-trip companion flight for $99 with your first purchase1
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 10:05 am
  #155  
 
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Originally Posted by jerryhung
is the card worth it for East Coast pax?
I recently moved from Vancouver to Toronto. Still have this card and use it where AMEX (SPG) is not taken. The annual fee is lowest for a premium card.

Alaska has great partners and redemption amounts are not over the roof. Also, scam-charges (aka fuel surcharges) are only levied on BA awards.

The companion ticket is of little value to me now so have given to friends/family who live on the west coast.
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 11:43 am
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I've been waiting to apply for this card once online access was restored, so the time is NOW! BUT...there is the World Elite black card and then the 'regular' card (where current cardholders get a 10K bonus to 'upgrade' to). Do you think if I apply for the 'regular' card today, I'll get the black World Elite one? If not, would it be possible to get the extra 10K bonus to upgrade to the new black world elite card after I activate the 'old' card?
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 12:01 pm
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Originally Posted by jerryhung
Only came across this card due to this thread

so in general, is the card worth it for East Coast pax?

I'm YYZ-based, so closest Alaska route (for companion) is probably ORD-SEA (I'm in Waterloo and can fly YKF-ORD for 4500 Avios one-way)

25K Alaska, at 1.5 cents (using @lucky's valuation) is about $375
- $75 annual fee = $300 value on sign up PLUS the not-sure-how-useful companion

How would this compare to the WestJet card in Canada?
They're very similar, $99 annual fee, $250 signup, $99 companion
http://www.rbcroyalbank.com/credit-c...astercard.html
The problem with the west jet card is that the companion pass is only valid for the continental US and Canada. No Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, etc...I regularly fly to Mexico, so it's useless.

Seems odd to have a special travel credit card and then make it useless for half your destinations...
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 12:03 pm
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I never had an MBNA login or anything before, how do I get access to this new online area? And where is the link for the upgrade to the black card?
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by jerryhung
Only came across this card due to this thread

so in general, is the card worth it for East Coast pax?

I'm YYZ-based, so closest Alaska route (for companion) is probably ORD-SEA (I'm in Waterloo and can fly YKF-ORD for 4500 Avios one-way)

25K Alaska, at 1.5 cents (using @lucky's valuation) is about $375
- $75 annual fee = $300 value on sign up PLUS the not-sure-how-useful companion

How would this compare to the WestJet card in Canada?
They're very similar, $99 annual fee, $250 signup, $99 companion
http://www.rbcroyalbank.com/credit-c...astercard.html
The companion pass is only valid for the continental US and Canada. So it is useless for anyone who wants to travel to Hawaii, Mexico, Alaska, etc...

Seems stupid to have an 'elite' travel card and then make half your destinations off limits...
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 12:10 pm
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Originally Posted by vanculloden
I never had an MBNA login or anything before, how do I get access to this new online area? And where is the link for the upgrade to the black card?
Just go to their log in page https://www.onlineaccess.ca/NASApp/N...s/LoginDisplay and click 'enroll' instead of 'sign in'. Have your card ready as they will ask you a bunch of information. I didn't have all of it (like last payment amount) but if you fill in most of the fields, they will connect you to a page to choose a log in name, sitekey and password.

As for the black card, you have to be pre-qualified based on income and other factors. If you are, you will see the banner offering you the opportunity to upgrade. See post #147 above. Click on 'view my rewards account' and the banner will be there if you qualify. Accept the terms and click accept and you will get instant approval. I called only because I wanted to know what a 'World Elite Mile' was and she read me the terms over the phone and clicked submit for me.
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 12:23 pm
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Originally Posted by Finkface
Just go to their log in page https://www.onlineaccess.ca/NASApp/N...s/LoginDisplay and click 'enroll' instead of 'sign in'. Have your card ready as they will ask you a bunch of information. I didn't have all of it (like last payment amount) but if you fill in most of the fields, they will connect you to a page to choose a log in name, sitekey and password.

As for the black card, you have to be pre-qualified based on income and other factors. If you are, you will see the banner offering you the opportunity to upgrade. See post #147 above. Click on 'view my rewards account' and the banner will be there if you qualify. Accept the terms and click accept and you will get instant approval. I called only because I wanted to know what a 'World Elite Mile' was and she read me the terms over the phone and clicked submit for me.
Thank you. It worked. And that big blue banner is there. They like me! They really like me!
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 12:27 pm
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Join Date: Aug 2013
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One other question for you guys. Do points expire? I notice on my points collected page there is a line where it says 842 points have been 'cleared from the system'?
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 2:42 pm
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Odd that one of my cards gave me an option to upgade to the black card and one didn't. Oh well, 10K miles is better than a kick in the head.
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 2:48 pm
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Originally Posted by bevvy5
Odd that one of my cards gave me an option to upgade to the black card and one didn't. Oh well, 10K miles is better than a kick in the head.
Same here but I was planning to cancel one in January anyway so I just did it while I was on the phone with them.
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Old Aug 17, 2013, 5:14 pm
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GCR is now offering $75 rebate on application, making this card 1st year free, woo hoo
http://www.greatcanadianrebates.ca/d...aska-Airlines/

Cash Back Rebate: $75.00



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