Alaska Airlines and Japan Airlines (JAL) have announced plans for a codeshare agreement and frequent flier partnership, which will provide seamless travel and mileage earning opportunities between Alaska’s gateways in North America, Japan and throughout Asia.
From the West Coast, JAL flies nonstop between Tokyo and Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Vancouver, B.C. and between Los Angeles and Osaka. JAL also offers an extensive network within Japan and throughout Asia.
With the new codeshare agreement, to take effect June 29 pending government approval, customers flying on Alaska Airlines and JAL will enjoy:
- Seamless reservations and ticketing
- One-stop check-in, baggage checked to final destination
- Smooth flight connections
- The ability to earn miles on the other airline and outstanding customer service
Members of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan will be able to begin earning miles on JAL early this summer. Redemption for award travel will begin later in 2016. JAL’s codeshare will be on Alaska Airlines routes from JAL’s California gateways, plus Vancouver.
Alaska Airlines boasts one of the most-versatile frequent-flier programs of any U.S. airline. It has 17 partners, including members of two of the three big frequent-flier groups as well as large independent airlines like Emirates, Icelandair and China’s Hainan Airlines. This announcement will surely make Alaska miles even more valuable.