Alaska and Icelandair are ending their frequent flier partnership that started in 2010 effective on May 31, 2013. You can read more about this change on Alaska’s website here and on Icelandair’s website here.
Unlike with most other airline partnership endings, you will continue earning miles/points in either airlines frequent flier plan on tickets issued by May 31, 2013, until February 28, 2014. Usually, you can no longer earn miles/points after the ending date.
It is quite interesting that this partnership is ending. I am not sure how it is going to affect Icelandair’s codeshares on Alaska metal out of Seattle to Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Spokane, Sacramento, San Diego, Anchorage, and Las Vegas. I think that these are likely to end as well.
Icelandair only serves Anchorage and Seattle in the west coast of the United States. The airline still has interline agreements place with number of US airlines such as American and US Airways.
If you were planning to use some Alaska Mileage Plan miles to visit Reykjavik, now it would be the right time to finalize the award bookings, although the paid fares on Icelandair are usually quite low and allow a stopover in Iceland on way to any of their European destinations.
Alaska continues to have a frequent flier partnership with number of airlines from Oneworld and SkyTeam alliances. Also, they have partnered with Emirates.