Alaska Airlines announced Condor Airlines as its newest partner on Monday, giving members of its Mileage Plan more opportunities to earn and use miles on flights to Europe. Condor flies nonstop to Frankfurt, Germany from Seattle; San Diego; Las Vegas, Portland, Oregon, Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Starting in June, Condor will add new nonstop Seattle-Munich service. Alaska travelers arriving on Condor flights to Frankfurt and Munich can connect to more than 75 destinations across Europe, Africa and Asia.
Existing Alaska Mileage Plan members can start earning miles immediately. Redemption for award travel will begin at a later date.
Over the last two years, Alaska Airlines has made several enhancements to its Mileage Plan program including three new global partnerships and adding ways to earn miles faster, get elite status sooner and redeem miles for award travel.
Condor, Germany’s third largest carrier, is known for its excellent customer service, low fares and modern fleet of Boeing 767-300 aircraft which offers business, premium and economy classes of service. Alaska Airlines and Condor have been connecting passengers between the two carriers on flights from Europe and North America, using an airline industry partnership called an “interline agreement”, but until now have not had a mileage partnership.
Earning on Condor
Base miles earned and cabin bonuses on Condor count toward Alaska Airlines elite status. Condor earned flight miles are based on the cabin type, not the fare class. Just keep in mind that ensure flight credit, the two-letter airline code (DE) must precede the flight number (for example, DE XXXX) on your ticket receipt or boarding pass. So only actual Condor flights will earn Alaska miles.
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This is a good development that adds value to Alaska’s MilagePlan program. You’ll get more earning opportunities and you’ll soon have redemption options on more transatlantic flights. You can fly to lots of destinations once you get to Germany, but as mentioned above, only actual Condor flights will earn you Alaska miles.
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