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As we have reported before, Alaska Airlines is set to join the oneworld alliance (which includes BA, Iberia, AA, Cathay Pacific, etc) at the end of March 2021.
“Alaska enters a new frontier on March 31, 2021. For the first time in our 88-year history, we’ll become a member of a global airline alliance: oneworld. With the oneworld Alliance and our enhanced relationship with American Airlines, we’ll expand our global reach to over 1,000 destinations worldwide. This means traveling on Alaska, American or a oneworld member airline will feel like one connected travel experience—no matter who or where you fly. As we look ahead to 2021, bluer skies and international adventure are around the corner.”
What we didn’t know though, was when it would be possible to redeem Alaska Mileage Plan Miles on oneworld airlines.
Thanks to eagle-eyed John over at LoyaltyLobby, we now know that Alaska intends to make this possible in “Summer 2021”. It’s not a precise date, and it is a bit surprising that it won’t be possible from day one of being a full alliance member.
That said, it’s important to remember that you can already redeem Alaska Miles for flights on the following oneworld members: American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, JAL, and Qantas. Alaska’s website also suggests that fellow oneworld airline, Qatar Airways, will be added to the redemption options on 31st March 2021:
With international flying not really being on the agenda for the time being, and a large number of useful oneworld airlines already being Alaska redemption partners, the delay doesn’t really matter.
The things we really all want to know though is if/how the existing award partner award charts will be changed, and what the new oneworld redemption options will look like. Hopefully the award charts and routing details will be published in advance of the awards actually being bookable and we can see if there are any new amazing Alaska redemption sweet spots!