Two weeks ago, Alaska Airlines started offering its Mileage Plan members the opportunity to book award tickets on US Airways. This is possible for travel on or after October 17, when American Airlines and US Airways plan to integrate their reservation systems, so that all flights will operate with AA flight numbers.
Integrating the reservation systems is a big step not just for American but also for its partnership with Alaska Airlines. To help promote the change, Alaska reached out to ask for my help in writing a story on the Alaska Airlines blog, giving me access to a few numbers provided by their partnerships team and asking what I think of it from the perspective of a frequent flyer. Here’s a sample:
Mileage Plan has a unique collection of airline partners because it’s not a member of a traditional alliance. Instead, Alaska negotiated individual relationships with some of the best carriers. American Airlines is one of these partners, and the addition of the former US Airways network makes the existing partnership with American even stronger. This integration will add 61 new American Airlines destinations (14 are destinations not previously served by Alaska or other partners) and an 86 percent increase in eligible American Airlines flights that can help you earn miles and status with Mileage Plan. More flights also mean more available award seats.
There’s also a big surprise at the end of the post! 😀
In addition to earning and redeeming miles, don’t forget that you can also take advantage of your Alaska Airlines MVP elite status more flights once the integration is complete. Alaska and American offer reciprocal benefits to their loyalty program members, so you’ll get a more seamless travel experience whichever carrier you fly. Learn more about these benefits in that post.