Alaska American Partnership Changes
In the good old days Alaska Airlines was known as the airline who partnered with seemingly everyone. Their strong partnerships with both Delta and American along with their generous frequent flyer program made them an attractive choice.
Of course their partnership with Delta dissolved recently following years of battling it out in Seattle. Now, following their purchase of Virgin America, Alaska is saying goodbye to most of their partnership with American Airlines.
What Is Changing
Starting on January 1, 2018:
- Alaska elites won’t get preferred check-in, preferred boarding, a free checked bag or Main Cabin Extra seating on American Airlines. American elites lose their elite benefits when flying on Alaska.
- AAdvantage members will not receive any flight credit on Alaska Airlines flights unless their flight is an American Airlines codeshare. The same goes for Alaska elites flying on American.
What Isn’t Changing
As part of the announcement we found out that a couple of things are not changing:
- AAdvantage miles can still be used to book Alaska flights and vice-versa.
- Admiral’s Club members will still have access to the Alaska Board Room and vice-versa.
As someone who has switched loyalty towards Alaska this is a bit disappointing. Alaska/Virgin have a limited footprint, so losing elite benefits and mileage earning on American is a hit. A big hit.
I will have a follow up post soon about how this affects my elite eplans going forward. What are your thoughts? Does this change your strategy with either Alaska or American?