Breaking: Alaska Airlines Intends To Join oneworld Alliance

Breaking news coming out of Seattle is that Alaska Airlines intends to join the oneworld Alliance from summer 2021. This move will give Alaska passengers a number of new options for travel around the world.

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Alaska Airlines will be joining the oneworld Alliance. Photo: Getty Images

Alaska Airlines to join oneworld

By summer 2021, Alaska Airlines intends to be a full member of the oneworld Alliance. As part of this move, the airline would partner with other oneworld carriers to offer connections to over 1,200 destinations around the world.

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Alaska Airlines will also partner closely with American Airlines. Photo: Getty Images

President of Alaska Airlines, Ben Minicucci, offered the following statement:

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Alaska has always been proud to serve Seattle, the city that we call home. We’re thrilled to give our guests more choice, broader use of loyalty benefits, and seamless global service with American and oneworld

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Alaska Airlines deepens partnership with American Airlines

In the United States, Alaska and American will continue to work closely with each other. Currently, the two airlines codeshare. As part of this announcement, Alaska and American will expand this codeshare agreement. This will now include international routes out of West Coast gateways Los Angeles and Seattle.

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Alaska Airlines passengers will soon have access to international flights on American Airlines out of Los Angeles and Seattle. Photo: Jay Singh – Simple Flying

Elite members through Alaska’s Mileage Plan or American’s AAdvantage program will receive reciprocal benefits across airlines. This includes the ability to earn and redeem miles on flights on both airlines, lounge access benefits across American’s 50 Admirals Clubs worldwide and seven Alaska Airlines lounges in the United States.

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On this enhanced partnership, Robert Isom, President of American Airlines, offered the following statement:

Alaska Airlines has been an outstanding partner for nearly 40 years, and we’re excited to expand West Coast international service together. By connecting American’s strength in long-haul international flying and Alaska’s presence across the West Coast, we will build a better network for our customers than either airline could build alone. Together, we will deliver more value, benefits and choice for customers across the U.S. and around the globe.

A boost for oneworld

After LATAM’s announced departure, this is a huge win for oneworld. Previously, Alaska had been rumored to be joining the alliance. However, now that it is final that the airline intends to join, oneworld will be able to grow its already expansive North American network.

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This is a huge boost for oneworld. Photo: Simple Flying

And, on April 1st, the oneworld Alliance will fully bring in Royal Air Maroc into the fray and start to fill in some gaps in Africa. To support connections, American is even launching flights between its hub in Philadelphia and Casablanca.

Overall

Alaska Airlines intends to become a full member of the oneworld alliance. Being a member of an alliance offers a number of benefits not just for the airline, but also for its passengers. Fellow North American carrier, American Airlines, is fully onboard and intends to leverage its partnership with Alaska to drive greater connectivity out of Seattle.

Are you glad Alaska Airlines intends to join the oneworld alliance? How will the news affect you? Let us know in the comments!

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Jmmora278

It's a great movement from Alaska Airlines. This will definitely help them get recognized worldwide and will be a perfect partner with the other members of OneWorld

John

Interesting development, especially considering that Alaska competes with American on premium routes like LA-NYC. Especially as airlines like DL are leading the charge away from traditional alliances in favor of strategic investments and joint ventures.

Joe

As an Alaska mileage plan member who doesn’t travel internationally I can only see this as detriment. It will only be a matter of time now before Alaska awards status on dollars paid instead of Alaska miles flown or segments. I imagine the illusive free upgrade will truly be a thing of the past after introducing AAdvantage members.

Steve

How will this affect current non-oneworld parrners with Alaska? Will it mean the end of partnerships with carriers like Korean Air, Air France, Singapore Airlines, and Icelandair? If so, then it can’t be considered a straight win. On the other hand, it will make Alaska e American the only 2 US carriers with a US partner airline, which is huge.

jbeans

I'm excited for this since Alaska is the biggest airline to fly to Alaska. I'm hoping my trips abroad won't be so difficult to book.

Frank R Solano

It’s about time !

John D

This is great news as I have been an Alaska member for several years but got a job in a city that is has American as its only airline. While American is not my favorite airline, at least I will now be able to earn Alaska miles on AA now and not have to drive 3 hours to the nearest airport with Alaska service.

Cassius

Yes. Wonderful news

Doz

Brilliant addition to oneWorld.

Robert Heath

I am delighted that they’ve decided to jump on board. The benefits im Alaska’s program we’re falling far behind both United and Delta.

Robert Heath

I am delighted that they’ve decided to jump on board. The benefits in Alaska’s program we’re falling far behind both United and Delta.

JFP

How much longer before Alaska is bought by American?

Matt

This is interesting. I fly out of SeaTac frequently, but mostly on Delta. With Alaska in Oneworld, it would be very tempting to switch.