Update: Pointsnerd reports that MBNA is updating the spend requirements/minimum income requirements, and the card should be available online tomorrow. I will post when I have confirmation.
MBNA Canada has issued the Alaska Airlines Visa for years, offering a 25,000 point sign-up bonus without spend. A couple years ago, it was the most easily churned card in Canada. You were able to carry multiple Alaska cards, open new accounts by transferring a minimum $500 of credit, and could apply every couple weeks. It was easy to get hundreds of thousands of Alaska points, which was a phenomenal deal.
As a blogger, I have affiliate relationships with many credit cards. While I never posted my Alaska affiliate link on this blog (you were better off going through www.gcr.ca for cash-back), I received this communication yesterday:
The Alaska card is no longer on GCR, and there is no application available on the MBNA website. Further, if I visit old direct links to the application, they error out and say that the application is no longer available.
I called MBNA regarding the application. They told me that right now, you can only apply for the Alaska credit card over the phone. If you were looking at getting an Alaska card, I would call ASAP to apply. In the US, it is common for cards to “disappear” by first taking the application link offline, accepting telephone applications, and ultimately, killing that product.