Marking a milestone in its 89-year historical past, Alaska Airways has formally develop into a member of the oneworld airline alliance. Alaska turns into the 14th full member of the worldwide alliance, simply eight months after receiving a proper invitation from oneworld in July 2020.
“Becoming a member of oneworld is becoming a member of a household of the most effective airways on this planet,” Alaska’s new CEO Ben Minicucci stated. “Being part of the alliance permits us to offer unbelievable international connectivity, a seamless journey expertise and extra priceless loyalty choices for our company. This alliance transforms Alaska into a really international airline, connecting our robust West Coast community and locations throughout North America with the worldwide attain of our oneworld companions.”
Rob Gurney, CEO, oneworld, who joined Minicucci for a press convention in Seattle, commented: “With Alaska Airways now a part of oneworld, we’re excited to supply to prospects much more locations and flights, strengthened by Alaska’s main community on the U.S. West Coast. For oneworld top-tier prospects, the becoming a member of of Alaska will present much more alternatives for his or her standing to be recognised as we stay up for a restoration in worldwide journey.”
Alaska Airways’ passengers will now have the ability to take pleasure in a worldwide community of flights to as many as 1,000 locations throughout greater than 170 international locations and territories. With its membership within the alliance, Alaska will add seven new airline companions and improve its six current partnerships with oneworld members.
“We’re delighted to welcome Alaska to the oneworld household. Because the trade recovers from COVID, airline alliances are going to be extra essential than ever. Alaska will probably be an asset to the alliance, positioning oneworld to ship much more worth to our prospects and member airways,” stated oneworld Governing Board Chairman and Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.
— Alaska Airways (@AlaskaAir) April 1, 2021
All Alaska Mileage Plan members can now earn miles once they fly any of the opposite 13 member airways. Mileage redemption for flights on airways that Alaska didn’t have earlier partnerships with will happen within the coming months.
Alaska’s elite Mileage Plan members routinely obtain matching oneworld tier standing: MVP Gold 75K = oneworld Emerald; MVP Gold = oneworld Sapphire; and MVP = oneworld Ruby. Relying on tier standing, these passengers can take pleasure in quite a lot of privileges, together with entry to greater than 650 worldwide first and enterprise class lounges, quick observe by means of safety and precedence baggage advantages. Company with Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby standing in any oneworld member airline’s frequent flyer programme will have the ability to use precedence check-in desks, the place accessible. In the meantime, company with Emerald or Sapphire standing will probably be supplied precedence boarding.
“In the event you’ve been a frequent flier who has earned standing with us, all that loyalty will go even additional with advantages in oneworld to make your journey much more gratifying,” stated Minicucci.
The brand new membership may even enhance Alaska’s flight connectivity, particularly on worldwide bookings, which features a long-standing partnership with American Airways, which has sponsored Alaska’s membership into the alliance.
“Alaska has been an impressive associate to American for practically 40 years and we’re excited to do much more collectively within the years to return,” stated American Airways President Robert Isom. “By connecting American’s energy in long-haul worldwide flying and Alaska’s robust presence alongside the West Coast, we’re constructing a greater community for our prospects than both airline may construct alone.”
Presently, there are 14 full members of oneworld together with Alaska Airways, American Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airways, Malaysia Airways, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airways and SriLankan Airways. Fiji Airways is a oneworld join associate providing choose alliance advantages to frequent flyers from any oneworld member airline travelling on their flights.