Oneworld joining date for Alaskan confirmed
On 31 March 31, 2021 Alaskan Airlines will become a member of the global airline alliance: oneworld.
“Every airline has pivotal moments in its history. Decisions that are made for future success and stability, and to provide increased service and a better travel experience for its customers. oneworld offers us those opportunities,” said Nat Pieper, Alaska’s senior vice president of fleet, finances and alliances. “We are officially joining a family with some of the best airlines in the world. The possibilities are tremendous.”
So if you are based in the UK why should you care? Well, if you plan to travel to the West Coast of the USA or Hawaii, it opens up more opportunities for earning tier points and Avios. Although Alaskan is already a partner with BA, there is a strange quirk which means that currently if you travel on an AA ticket but on Alaskan you do not get Avios or tier points. After the change, you will. Currently, you can earn Avios with Alaskan tickets but not tier points. After the change, you will earn both and be able to use your BA status to get all the oneworld perks when you fly with Alaskan such as linge access and extra luggage. The other benefit is that you will be able to redeem Avios for Alaskan tickets online. At the moment you have to call up.