About six months ago Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines terminated their codeshare partnership and went separate ways. When Delta and Alaska had codeshare partnership it was very easy to earn Alaska Airlines MileagePlus miles for your Delta flights when you were getting nothing from Delta Airlines, after the termination we cannot earn or redeem Alaska Airline miles on Delta.
Now Alaska Airlines sent out an email to every MilesagePlus members that they are changing their codeshare partnership with American Airlines. Alaska Airlines relationship (read codeshare) with Delta Airlines is a complete divorce whereas the Alaska Airlines and American Airlines partnership is not a complete divorce, it is just a split. The split eliminated crediting American Airlines miles to Alaska Airlines MileagePlus program for domestic travel and loss of elite member privileges on American Airlines operated flights.
Codeshare Partnership Changes Key Points
Travel within the USA in American Airlines You’ll continue to earn Mileage Plan miles on American Airlines flights that are booked thru alaskaair.com that have a flight number starting with airline code “AS” (codeshare flights). You will not earn any Alaska Airline miles if you directly purchase the ticket in American Airlines with ticket code starting with “AA”. In other words, if you purchase a ticket through Alaska Airlines and travel in American Airline you will earn miles in Alaska Airlines MileagePlan otherwise you will not earn miles if you travel in American Airlines with a ticket purchased from American Airlines.
Travel between the USA and overseas You will continue to earn Alaska Airline miles at the same rate you earn today if you purchase your American Airlines ticket for traveling between the USA and overseas which includes travel to Canada and Mexico. The international traveling ticket will have booking code “AA”, which is eligible for mileage earning. Mileage Plan elite members will continue to earn elite-qualifying miles and elite bonus miles on these flights.
Redemption of Miles: You can continue to redeem Alaska Airlines miles in American Airlines. But the mileage redemption is increasing in some cases. Some award levels for redemption on American Airlines international flights will be increasing, and off-peak pricing for Central and South America and Asia will be eliminated. On the other hand, some premium cabin award levels to Hawaii and within the U.S. will be reduced, providing better-than-ever value to members.
Lounge Access No changes to lounges access of Alaska Airlines MileagePlan members, they will continue access American Airlines Admiral clubs.
Elite members Starting Jan. 1, elite members will no longer receive priority boarding, free bags, or preferred seating on any flights operated by American Airlines.
Compared to Delta Airlines split, the Alaska Airlines and American Airlines split is only a partial split. You can still continue to earn Alaska Airline miles for you American Airlines travel when you travel overseas as well as redeeming Alaska Airline miles on a flight operated by American Airlines.
This change is occurring because of Alaska Airlines merger with Virgin American. The Virgin America serves most of the market served by American Airlines now Alaska Airlines wants you to travel using Virgin America instead of American Airlines.
The change could be big for some customers who have elite membership status with Alaska Airlines personally, it does not affect me as I am not an elite member. The Alaska Airlines mileage earning for traveling using American Airlines for the overseas trip option is still available so I still consider there is plenty of good opportunities to earn Alaska Airline miles using American Airline for an overseas trip.
If you want to know the complete detail of Alaska Airlines and American Airlines codeshare partnership changes head straight to Alaska Airlines blog and get all the details.