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The Justice Department today approved the Alaska Air’s purchase of Virgin America that was announced back in April (JetBlue was the other bidder that lost).

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Alaska must scale back its codesharing with American Airlines for the deal to be approved. This will reduce American Airlines coded pasengers on Alaska’s flights by half. The deal doesn’t have affect on Alaska’s partnership with Delta. [click to continue…]

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I recently had a fairly long layover at LAX about a week and a half ago on my way to Hong Kong and had the chance to visit several airline lounges there and wanted to write a post to talk about my experiences and what I liked and disliked about each.

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I flew on American Airlines for this trip, and being an Executive Platinum member of AA’s AAdvantage frequent flyer program (One World Emerald) and having a Priority Pass Select membership through my Citi Prestige credit card, I am able to access to quite a few lounges here.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (usually referred to as DOT) released consent orders on Friday against Alaska, United, American, Air Canada and Southwest.

DOT Fines Alaska Southwest United American Air Canada

These airlines had failed to comply with the DOT rules that deal with involuntarily denied boarding and damaged/lost luggage. The DOT fined these airlines $35K to $45 each. [click to continue…]

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Alaska Airlines and Japan Airlines launched their frequent flier partnership last month (read more here) and now Mileage Plan members can earn double miles on select JAL flights.

Alaska Airlines MileagePlan JAL Double Miles July 7 - September 30 2016

The offer is valid on Japan Airlines flights between Tokyo and Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and Vancouver between July 7 – September 30, 2016, and required registration. [click to continue…]

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Japan Airlines made an announcement early May that they intended to start codeshare and frequent flier partnership with Alaska Airlines on June 29, 2016, pending government approval.

Japan Airlines & Alaska Airlines Partnership Update

Apparently that approval has gone through as both airlines have not updated their websites with accrual information and JAL with Alaska Airlines award chart too. There is no yet information about redeeming Mileage Plan miles on JAL. [click to continue…]

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Japan Airlines and Alaska Airlines are becoming codeshare and frequent flier partners pending government approval.

Japan Airlines & Alaska Airlines Partnership

Japan Airlines expects to be able to start codesharing with Alaska Airlines on June 29, 2016, and the date for the frequent flier partnership is announced later. This means that Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members will soon be able to earn and redeem on JAL flights and vice versa. [click to continue…]

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Alaska Airlines has launched new promotion for those flying on British Airways and being Alaska Elites or crediting their flights to MileagePlan from Apri 1 to September 30, 2016.

Alaska Airlines MileagePlan British Airways Double Miles April 1 - September 30 2016

MileagePlan members can earn double awards miles on British Airways marketed and operated flights between Seattle and London plus MVP Gold and Gold 75 members will receive elite benefits. [click to continue…]