American Airlines and Alaska Airlines today announced a forming of a new partnership. Alaska Airlines will be joining the Oneworld alliance in 2021.
Alaska Airlines Joins Oneworld Alliance
American Airlines and Alaska Airlines have issued a joint statement in which they have announced a new “West Coast International Alliance” under which Alaska’s West Coast network will connect to American’s long-haul network. A few months back they announced plans to reduce their partnership so this comes as a huge surprise! Alaska Airlines will become a member of the Oneworld alliance in 2021, Also, American Airlines will be launching a new route to Asia and a new route out of Alaska’s hub in Seattle.
From the press release:
We are partnering with American Airlines to expand our global reach––connecting the West Coast to the rest of the world in a remarkable way. Our Global Partner network has always provided guests with the opportunity to go global, but today, we are proud to strengthen our relationship with American Airlines and, in Summer 2021, plan to join the Oneworld alliance. This means traveling on Alaska, American or a Oneworld partner will feel like one connected travel experience––no matter who or where you fly.
Alaska Mileage Plan currently maintains separate award charts for each partner airline. Alaska Airlines is already a partner with some of Oneworld airlines, including Qantas, Finnair, Japan Airlines, and, British Airways. American and Alaska airlines will continue their domestic codeshare agreement. They will also expand the codeshares to include American’s international routes out of Los Angeles and Seattle. Alaska Mileage Plan members and American Airlines AAdvantage members will get some mutual benefits. The benefits will include the ability to earn and use miles on both airlines.
American will launch two new international routes from Seattle. The first addition will be Seattle – Bangalore beginning October 2020. The second route added will be Seattle – London Heathrow in March 2021.
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