oneworld member (and American Airlines partner) Finnair has just been announced as a new Alaska Airlines partner.
Helsinki, credit: Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines is certainly creative in its partnerships, working with many members of both SkyTeam and oneworld alliances as well as airlines outside of any alliance like Emirates, Icelandair and Hainan Airlines.
Finnair flies to Helsinki from Chicago, New York JFK, and Miami and is inaugurating San Francisco service June 1 with three times weekly summer service through September 28.
You can now credit Finnair flights to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, but it’s not great for economy trips on Finnair because most economy fares earn less than 100% of flown miles.
You cannot yet redeem Alaska Airlines miles for travel on Finnair, but that will come this fall.
Finnair is an American Airlines joint venture partner across the Atlantic, and in theory their awards are searchable at AA.com but a long-standing problem is that the American Airlines website shows phantom award space for Finnair. You’re better off searching BA.com for awards, although once redemption with Alaska miles goes live I imagine Mileage Plan may make seats searchable on their own site.
We don’t yet know what awards will be available on Finnair via Alaska, or what they will cost, but Helsinki is a great connecting point for both Europe and Asia.