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Alaska Airlines’ Frequent Fliers Gain Access To Significantly Expanded American Airlines Network

August 7, 2015 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Members of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan now have access to book nearly 3,000 more daily flights on partner American Airlines following the most recent phase of the airline’s reservation system migration, which will bring all US Airways flights under the American code this fall. On Oct. 17, Mileage Plan members will enjoy seamless access to the world’s largest airline and have even more options to earn and redeem miles for award travel.


American Airlines has kicked off the largest Admirals Club lounge makeover in its history. Beginning Aug. 15, Alaska Airlines Board Room members will have access to all 54 lounges.

Alaska Airlines also announced today an expanded lounge agreement with American Airlines, which gives Board Room members access to all 54 Admirals Club locations worldwide beginning Aug. 15.

“With American’s expanded network, our loyal customers will enjoy earning and redeeming miles for travel to more than 60 additional American Airlines destinations worldwide,” said Andrew Harrison, executive vice president and chief revenue officer of Alaska Airlines. “Through our unique global partner portfolio, our customers can access an incredible virtual network of destinations and lounge locations across the world.”

Elite members of Alaska’s Mileage Plan receive exclusive benefits on American’s expanded network, including expedited security, priority check-in and boarding, complimentary or discounted access to Main Cabin Extra seats, as well as baggage waivers.

“We are excited to deepen the strong relationship we already have with Alaska Airlines by providing customers more access to more destinations,” said Andrew Nocella, American’s chief marketing officer. “Our relationship with Alaska goes back more than 15 years and we continue to look for ways to work together to enhance the benefits for our customers, whether through access to clubs or new opportunities to earn and redeem miles.”

Alaska Airlines existing relationship with American began in 1999 and has included codeshare and frequent flyer reciprocity, which expanded in 2011 to include reciprocal elite benefits on each airline. The two carriers are working to expand their codeshare agreement even further later this year.

Alaska Airlines continues to enhance its award-winning loyalty program by offering customers access to unique partnerships with 13 global airlines. Last month, the airline added Hainan Airlines to its airline partner portfolio, giving members the ability to earn miles across the China-based carrier’s 90-city global network. Since 2013, Alaska Airlines has added other benefits to its best-in-class Mileage Plan program, giving members ways to earn miles faster, get elite status sooner and redeem miles for award travel. Learn more at www.alaskaair.com/mileageplan.

On the blog: Read reward program blogger Scott Mackenzie’s analysis of how American’s expanded network will benefit Mileage Plan members at blog.alaskaair.com.

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