Via Wandering Aramean, the partnership between Icelandair and Alaska Airlines will terminate June 1.
Which is surprising, since Icelandair just re-instated the ability to use their miles for Alaska Airlines travel last month.
Over the summer you could straight up buy miles and redeem them on Alaska for first class to Hawaii for about $350.
So this was certainly a useful partnership. And it continued to be worthwhile, albeit not as lucrative, once Icelandair increased the mileage cost of award travel on Alaska… both because Icelandair still sells miles at a little over a penny apiece and because it was a good use for miles earned from actually flying Icelandair (redemption options in their program are otherwise fairly limited)
Sad to see this one go. Seth speculates that it’s likely because Icelandair is starting Achorage-Reykjavik service and that seems plausible explanation. If it were somehow related to all of the cheap purchases of miles and redemption of those miles for Alaska flights last summer it seems unlikely that they would have moved to bring back the redemption opportunity only to then kill it.
Tickets purchased through May 31 will continue to earn miles, as long as travel occurs by February 28, 2014.
Award tickets can be booked by May 31 as well, for travel through February 28, although no changes will be possible to those tickets starting June 1.