Alaska Airlines and American Airlines Scale Back Partnership

The partnership between Alaska Airlines and American Airlines is being watered down even more. Starting next year, it will no longer be possible to redeem one airline’s miles for travel on the other.

Partnership Details

What’s changing, effective March 1, 2020:

  • You will no longer earn Mileage Plan miles on American Airlines international flights.
  • You will no longer be able to redeem miles for award travel on American Airlines domestic or international flights.

Also:

  • You will no longer earn American AAdvantage miles on Alaska Airlines, with the exception of codeshare flights; mileage earning on domestic American flights had been cut in early 2018
  • You will no longer be able to redeem American AAdvantage miles for travel on Alaska Airlines, both domestically and internationally

What’s not changing:

  • You’ll continue to earn reciprocal miles on eligible codeshare flights between the two airlines
  • Alaska Lounge members can continue to access American Admirals Clubs, and American Admirals Club members can continue to use Alaska Lounges, when flying on Alaska Airlines or American Airlines

Guru’s Wrap-up

This basically kills the partnership in March of 2020. Yes you still get reciprocal lounge access, which might be useful for some. Just more bad new for American Airlines, days after Delta Air Lines took away LATAM.
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