There has been quite a few positive changed to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan lately. AeroMexico is a new partner airline that also earns elite qualifying miles and more airline partners are now bookable online. The only recent negative change was the discontinuance of the partnership with Icelandair.
The beauty of Alaska’s program is the number of partners from SkyTeam and Oneworld alliances and the ability to redeem both.
With the latest changes to the online award booking system, all the other partners besides Cathay Pacific, Korean, and LAN are now available for booking on Alaska’s website. For these three airlines, you still need to call reservations.
Here’s search for Montreal to Caracas
Alaska’s website correctly returns the availability on AeroMexico, American and Delta.
The tab on the left column shows the airline that are used for the award search between the city pair in question. The number if miles requires depends of the operating carrier. Alaska doesn’t have one award chart, but rather uses partner ones that may have different mileage requirements for the same city pair like in this instance.
Note that Delta doesn’t allow one-way awards, so the price displayed is always for return even if you would use only one-way.
Flights on AeroMexico earn you elite qualifying miles. The requirement for the flight to be also ticketed on AeroMexico’s ticket stock is weird. Usually, with airlines, the ticketing carrier doesn’t matter on mileage credits.
You can access Alaska’s web page for AeroMexico here. The award travel is not available to Europe or Asia.
It is great that Alaska now has more partners than ever before bookable on their website that is the preferred way for many to book their award tickets rather than calling reservations.
The ability to both earn and burn award miles on AeroMexico flights is great as well. I was looking to fly from Montreal to Mexico City the other week and could have used my Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles had the partnership been in place at the time.