Alaska Airlines and American Airlines enhanced their frequent flier partnership last time on January 1, 2018 and now it is ending effectively March 1, 2020.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and American Airlines AAdvantage members can no longer redeem miles on each others flights from that date. You only earn miles on AS coded AA and AA coded AS flights on respective programs. Members that pay for Alaska’s lounge access plan can continue using AA’s AAdmiral Clubs when on AA or AS flights.
You can access Alaska’s page for the partnership here and AA’s here.
Here’s information that Alaska has up on its site:
Effective March 1, 2020, there will be some important updates to our American Airlines partnership.
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.
What’s not changing:
- You’ll continue to earn a mile for every mile flown on eligible domestic American Airlines flights with an Alaska Airlines (AS) flight number to select key destinations in the Midwest and eastern US and Canada.
- Alaska Lounge members can still access over 50 Admirals Club lounges worldwide when flying on an Alaska Airlines or American Airlines flight.
Alaska had both Delta and AA as partners not that long time ago (and Air France & KLM too). First Delta dropped them and now also AA.
Alaska is reasonably choice for those flying up and down on the West Coast but difficult for those that need an airline that serves the entire country.