American Airlines and Alaska Airlines are deepening their partnership and cooperation on flights and mutual benefits for elite frequent flyers at the same time that Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines partnership continues to deteriorate as Delta builds up a Seattle hub. This morning, Alaska Airlines announced in a press release that as American finishes their merger with US Airways, the airline will expand codeshare agreement with flights that are currently operated by US Airways and frequent flyer benefits will be expanded.
Alaska Airlines and American Extended Partnership
As of October 17, 2015, all flights that are currently operated and sold as US Airways Prime flights will be coded and sold as American Airlines flights. Despite American Airlines and US Airways having a single operating certificate, the two IT platforms have not been completely merged and it is instead being done in phases. As the final phase will be completed on October 17, 2015, this will allow Alaska and American to cooperate on all flights, including those operated by “US Airways”. Currently, Alaska and US Airways do not have a codeshare agreement, but this will change when all flights are operated and sold as American Airline flights. In addition, all flights previously sold as US Airways flights will be available for booking with Alaska Mileage Plan Miles.
“Members of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan now have access to book nearly 3,000 more daily flights on partner American Airlines following the most recent phase of the airline’s reservation system migration, which will bring all US Airways flights under the American code this fall. On Oct. 17, Mileage Plan members will enjoy seamless access to the world’s largest airline and have even more options to earn and redeem miles for award travel….
With American’s expanded network, our loyal customers will enjoy earning and redeeming miles for travel to more than 60 additional American Airlines destinations worldwide,” said Andrew Harrison, executive vice president and chief revenue officer of Alaska Airlines. “Through our unique global partner portfolio, our customers can access an incredible virtual network of destinations and lounge locations across the world.”
Furthermore, the airline announced today that they plan to extend their current codeshare agreement later this year. I would expect destinations that are not currently served by AA/US to be expanded in this codeshare agreement, opening up travel for AA flyers to destinations in locations such as Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and other locations that Alaska flies to that AA/US does not have a presence, along with more North/South routes on the West Coast where AA presence is not as strong from airports such as Seattle, Portland, and even Los Angeles.
“Alaska Airlines existing relationship with American began in 1999 and has included codeshare and frequent flyer reciprocity, which expanded in 2011 to include reciprocal elite benefits on each airline. The two carriers are working to expand their codeshare agreement even further later this year.”
Expanded Admirals Club Access for Alaska Airlines Board Room Members
Alaska Airlines Board Room members currently have access to select Admirals Clubs when flying AA or Alaska Airlines, however club access has not been as liberal as the agreement Alaska has in place with Delta. However, this all changes August 15, when Alaska Airlines Board Room members will be able to access ALL 54 Admiral clubs systemwide! The only caveat, you must have a same day ticket on Alaska, Horizon, American, or US Airways in order to use the Admirals club.
“Alaska Airlines also announced today an expanded lounge agreement with American Airlines, which gives Board Room members access to all 54 Admirals Club locations worldwide beginning Aug. 15.”
Unlike Delta Airline Skyclub access, Alaska Airline’s Board Room Members will be able to guest in two people into American Airline lounges for no extra charge!
To find out about all the expanded partnership, check out today’s announcement. And stay tune, as more enhancements may be announced in the near future, along with a slew of new codeshare routes!