UPDATE: PointObsession has reported earning miles for the money orders he purchased with his Alaska debit card, so this deal is a go! Now I’ll still head over there to see if I can directly pay my credit card bill, but at least we know the money order portion works.
According to this post from Million Mile Secrets, you can in fact earn miles on debit transactions with the Alaska Airlines Debit Card. Daraius made a payment at the Money Center of “the world’s largest retailer” and earned miles despite using his PIN Number.
I don’t recommend using the card to make payments on bills that can otherwise be paid with higher mile-earning credit cards. In fact, if you’re going to use a debit card, I recommend the Suntrust Skymiles Debit Card. However, I know several people whose accounts were closed by Suntrust immediately after funding, without an explanation. I’m assuming it might have something to do with customers living out of Suntrust’s service area, but I can’t be sure.
The Alaska Debit Card from Bank of America is a good choice for those customers. It only earns 0.5 miles per $1, its easily accessible and only has a $30 annual fee.
I’ve had the card for a year and actually cancelled it last week. My new standard check card arrived in the mail on Friday and since I haven’t activated it yet, I can keep using my Alaska card. This is great, because I plan on heading to a local Money Center and testing the following:
1. Whether I can use the card to pay my credit card bills.
2. Whether I can earn miles on money orders.
I strongly advise against abusing money orders and personally plan on using them to pay landscaping and credit card bills, if that is an option. Once I get a definitive answer, I will report back about it.
Has anyone tried paying their bills at the Money Center using the Alaska Debit Card? Have you received miles for this activity? Please comment below.
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