American Airlines, Alaska Air Launch New Partnership

By Paul Riegler on 1 April 2020
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Alaska Airlines and American Airlines announced that a component of the two carriers’ new West Coast-focused alliance went into effect Wednesday.

Members of both airlines’ frequent-flyer programs are now able to earn and redeem miles on both airlines. This means that members of Alaska’s Mileage Plan program will earn miles when flying on American and members of American’s AAdvantage program will earn miles flying on Alaska flights.

The plan calls for frequent-flyer program members to be able to earn elite status miles as well, but mileage earning is currently limited to code-share flights at the current time.  Flyers will also receive elite status reciprocity and lounge access.

Alaska will join the oneworld alliance as well, and both airlines are planning to introduce new international routes.Alaska said that the partnership will allow it to continue on an independent course.

“This West Coast international alliance enables Alaska’s continued independent growth,” said the airline’s chief commercial officer, Andrew Harrison.

The two airlines said they plan to continue with their domestic codeshare partnership and expand it to include the new international routes from Seattle as well as new and existing routes from Seattle and Los Angeles.

The partnership between the two airlines was originally supposed to be reduced in March.

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