American Airlines and Alaska Airlines Introduce Reciprocal Benefits

Written and Published November 20, 2020


Alaska Airlines and American Airlines announced a West Coast-alliance back in February that would make Alaska Airlines a part of the oneworld alliance by the summer of 2021. Alaska Airlines announced that the carrier will officially join oneworld in March 2021. Both American Airlines and Alaska have announced information on reciprocal elite benefits that will start in 2021.

American Airlines and Alaska Airlines Introduce Reciprocal Benefits

American Airlines and Alaska Airlines Introduce Reciprocal Benefits


Both Alaska Airlines and American Airlines have released official statements with information regarding elite benefits. Alaska Airlines elite members which include MVP, MVP Gold & MVP Gold 75 will now have access to American Airlines premium seating. Also, Alaska’s MVO 75 Gold members are eligible for unlimited domestic upgrades on American flights and will receive upgrade certificates that can be used for long-haul international travel.

From the Alaska Airlines official statement:
Our upcoming membership in oneworld makes these added benefits with American even more rewarding for our guests. On any American flight, our elites will have access to premium seating or a possible upgrade for a more comfortable journey, in addition to other perks. - Andrew Harrison, executive vice president, and chief commercial officer.

American Airlines Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum members will be eligible for unlimited domestic upgrades on Alaska. Select elite members will also receive complimentary access to extra legroom seats and additional preferred seating options at the time of booking and same day flight changes.

From the American Airlines official statement:
We look forward to offering our loyal members more ways to earn miles and realize the benefits of our West Coast International Alliance with Alaska Airlines. We’re working tirelessly to bring our customers the value they deserve with access to the best of both networks, and a seamless travel experience throughout the customer journey. - American’s Chief Revenue Officer Vasu Raja.

American Airlines and Alaska Airlines Introduce Reciprocal Benefits

Alaska Airlines Will Join Oneworld in March


In July oneworld alliance finally made an official announcement that Alaska Airlines was in the process of joining the alliance, but no official date was given at the time. Alaska Airlines has now announced that the airline will join the alliance on March 31, 2021. This will make Alaska Airlines the alliance's 14th airline. Alaska Airlines already codeshares with members of the oneworld alliance like American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and more. The joining of Alaska Airlines will add 34 new destinations to the oneworld network, across North America.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan partners:

-American Airlines
-Aer Lingus
-British Airways
-Cathay Pacific
-Condor
-EL AL
-Israel Airlines
-Emirates
-Fiji Airways
-Finnair
-Hainan Airlines
-Icelandair
-Japan Airlines
-Korean Air
-LATAM Airlines
-Qantas
-Singapore Airlines