Alaska Airlines is to join the Oneworld alliance.
The announcement was made today, Thursday 13 February 2020, as part of a plan for increased co-operation between American Airlines and Alaska Airlines.
American Airlines has also announced that it plans to launch a daily service from London Heathrow to Seattle from March 2021. This will go on sale from May 2020.
This will complement British Airways’ existing services to Seattle. Though, BA may reduce frequencies to compensate for the increase in capacity.
Alaska Airlines intends to become a full member of the Oneworld alliance by the summer of 2021. This means that members of Oneworld alliance frequent flyer programmes will benefit from full frequent flyer recognition when flying on Alaska Airlines and vice versa.
However, the Oneworld alliance seems to have been caught by surprise by Alaska’s announcement. Normally, press releases are issued simultaneously by Oneworld and all current and prospective members. Some hours after Alaska’s announcement, Oneworld issued a statement welcoming Alaska’s intentions. However, it seems that the formal application process has not been completed.
Alaska Airlines and British Airways
British Airways already has a codeshare partnership with Alaska Airlines and places its code on a number of Alaska Airlines routes from the US West Coast to Hawaii and other destinations in North America.
It also currently possible for members of the British airways Executive Club to earn and redeem Avios on Alaska Airlines.
This latest announcement should also lead to further co-operation between BA and Alaska Airlines.
Full details of the planned co-operation between Alaska and American Airlines are available from Alaska Airlines.