A big announcement made its way out of the Pacific Northwest this morning — Alaska Airlines is going to be expanding its global reach by partnering with American Airlines and joining the oneworld® network.
While this seemed like it was only a matter of time given Alaska’s large network of current oneworld® partners, we saw Alaska Airlines and American Airlines scale back their partnership just months ago — which makes this timing very surprising. It’s pretty incredible that they were able to keep this under wraps before the official announcement.
As part of the roll out between now and next year, Alaska announced a few key milestones leading up to the summer of 2021.
– Alaska Mileage Plan miles can be redeemed on American Airlines
– Alaska Lounge members can access American’s 50 Admirals Club locations
Shortly, Alaska Mileage Plan members will be able to once again earn miles on American Airlines flights, both domestically and internationally. And by the summer of 2021, the oneworld® partnership will be in full swing.
At a glance, this is exciting news for Alaska Airlines, but time will tell what this means for the airline’s frequent flyers. We are huge fans of the Alaska Mileage Plan frequent flyer program and hope these changes don’t come accompanied by devaluations or major program changes.