Alaska and American Airlines frequent fliers to lose perks

Published on : Friday, October 4, 2019

The Alaska and American Airlines frequent fliers are going to lose one of their biggest perks next year. The ability to earn and cash-in miles on each other’s flights is now going to be ended for the frequent fliers by the two airlines as they are seeking to implement cuts that will gut their long-standing partnership even more.



While Alaska Airlines is the second-largest airline at SFO, American Airlines happens to be the third-largest. Both the carriers have a significant presence at Oakland and San Jose airports.



As per the latest decision of the airlines, Alaska Airlines MileagePlan members will be unable to redeem their miles for a flight on American Airlines international flights. This will be in addition to the similar restrictions on redemptions for domestic AA flights that went into effect in early 2008.



On the other hand, the Alaska Airlines fliers will also be unable to earn miles when flying on domestic and international flights of American Airlines from March 1 next year.



American Airlines has said that AAdvantage fliers will not be able to earn miles while flying Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air domestic and international flights either.



However, miles can still be earned on codeshare flights, where both American and Alaska Airlines have placed their respective flight numbers on the flight. These codeshare flights are very less in number and mainly hop within the East Coast and Midwest.



As per Alaska Airlines, if MileagePlan members want to earn miles for flying on an American Airlines international flights, travel must be done by February 29,2020. Flights, booked before October 2 for travel after February 29,2020, will be eligible for the credit but fliers need to contact Alaska Airlines directly to get those miles. Alaska Airlines has warned that there cannot be any changes to American Airlines award travel after that. As per both the airlines, the cuts have been introduced after a review of the airline partners and programmes.

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