Alaska Airlines Partnership Fact Sheet

Thursday, July 06, 2017, 9:00 AM

Changes to our frequent flyer partnership with Alaska Airlines
American continually evaluates its partnerships with other airlines and given the evolution of the Alaska Airlines network, we are making changes to the frequent flyer benefits offered for travel on Alaska including elite benefits and mileage accrual effective January 1, 2018.

Alaska remains a valued partner, and AAdvantage members will continue to earn miles when traveling on American marketed flights operated by Alaska or Horizon Air. Mileage redemption is not changing and AAdvantage members can continue to book award travel on the entire Alaska Airlines network.

What’s changing?

Elite Benefits
Effective January 1, 2018

Elite benefits when traveling on Alaska Airlines, including priority check-in and boarding, preferred seating, and baggage fee waivers will be discontinued

Mileage and Elite Qualification Accrual
Effective January 1, 2018

  • AAdvantage members will continue to earn AAdvantage miles, elite qualifying miles (EQM), elite qualifying segments (EQS) and elite qualifying dollars (EQD) only on flights marketed by American (booked as an AA flight number) and operated by Alaska or Horizon Air
  • AAdvantage members will not earn AAdvantage miles, EQM, EQS or EQD on Alaska and Horizon Air marketed and operated flights

What’s not changing?

Redemption and Lounge Access

  • AAdvantage members can continue to redeem miles on Alaska Airlines flights, to over 100 cities domestically and Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica
  • Admirals Club members will continue to have access to all Alaska Lounges in Anchorage (ANC), Seattle (SEA), Portland (PDX) and Los Angeles (LAX).

Q&A

1. Is anything changing with Elite benefits or accrual before January 1, 2018?
AAdvantage elite members will continue to receive benefits and AAdvantage members will continue to earn AAdvantage miles, EQM, EQS and EQD as they do today when traveling on Alaska airlines through December 31, 2017.