Japan Airlines and Alaska Airlines are becoming codeshare and frequent flier partners pending government approval.
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.
You can access the JAL’s announcement of this partnership here:
TOKYO May 10, 2016: Japan Airlines (JAL) and Alaska Airlines have announced plans to enter into a codeshare agreement and a frequent flier partnership, which will provide customers with an enhanced network and more mileage earning opportunities between Japan and the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
With Alaska Airlines’ extensive operations across California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington, JAL customers will have more flight options and access to new cities including Seattle and Portland. Additionally, travelers can take advantage of more improved connections to and from Asia via JAL’s West Coast operations including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Vancouver, B.C.
With the new codeshare agreement, scheduled to take effect June 29, pending government approval (official commencement date of the mileage partnership will be announced shortly), customers who fly Alaska Airlines and JAL will be provided with:
ﾘ seamless reservations and ticketing
ﾘ one-stop check-in and thru-checked baggage to JL/AS final destination
ﾘ smooth flight connections
ﾘ mileage accrual and award redemption opportunities
ﾘ superior customer service standards
“We are pleased to offer our customers more routes and destinations with our new partnership with Alaska Airlines,” said Hideki Oshima, JAL Executive Officer, International Relations and Alliances. “The new cooperation also allows JAL to strengthen its own presence throughout the Pacific Northwest and will provide additional mileage earning and redemption opportunities for our customers.”
“As a premium Japanese airline, JAL is a great addition to Alaska’s line-up of high quality global partners, giving our Mileage Plan members more ways to earn miles for travel from the West Coast to Japan and beyond,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “For the first time, our members will be able to earn and redeem miles within Japan, taking advantage of 600 daily flights on JAL’s broad domestic network.”
JAL operates a modern fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs and 787-8s between Japan and North America. The airline offers up to four classes of service: First, Business, Premium Economy and Economy. JAL’s First and Business Class services feature private suites, 23-inch LCD monitors and Asian-inspired cuisine and beverages. The JAL SKY SUITE seat was named Best Business Class Airline Seat by Skytrax in 2013 and the JAL SKY WIDER seat in its Economy cabin was recognized for Best Economy Class Airline Seat in 2015.
New codeshare flights with Alaska Airlines (AS):
Alaska Airlines has these partnerships going on with number of airlines that uses Alaska to feed their flights to/from the United States. In turn Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members can earn and redeem their miles on these partners.
Interesting to see when the frequent flier partnership will be in effect. Should be by the time the codeshares are launched.