You Can Still Use Alaska Miles to Book on American Airlines
Alaska Airlines announced a new “West Coast International Alliance” today with American Airlines, an alliance that will bring with it a few solid advantages for customers.
If the partnership sounds familiar, it’s because Alaska and American previously had an arrangement that allowed customers to share perks (and miles) across both airlines.
The majority of the benefits of that partnership have already been discontinued, and it was set to end entirely on March 1. As someone who used it a ton, it’s nice to see it rise from the grave in a new form.
Going forward, you’ll be able to redeem Alaska Mileage Plus miles on all American Airlines flights. If you have an Alaska Lounge membership you can also use that to get access to any of American’s Admirals Club locations.
In some cases, you might be able to even get a better deal on the other airline. For instance, my search this morning for a reward ticket on Alaska brought up a First Class ticket on American for only 25k Alaska miles, while a ticket in the main cabin on Alaska would cost me double.
Starting in the spring, you’ll be able to earn Alaska miles when you fly on American, which might be preferable if you tend to fly Alaska more than you do American and want to consolidate your miles in one place.
Next year Alaska also plans to join the oneworld alliance, which means customers will be able to get those perks as well. That means you’ll be able to earn and redeem Alaska miles on any oneworld airline as well as get privileges like priority boarding, premium seating, and baggage benefits when you have status with Alaska and fly with any other oneworld airline, including American.
The oneworld alliance currently includes 13 airlines: American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Latam, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, and Sri Lankan Airlines.
If you’re currently splitting your time between the two airlines, then it’s definitely worth picking one to start consolidating those miles on. And if you’re sitting on some Alaska miles, keep in mind that they’ll be good a lot more places starting next year so you might want to hold onto them.