Alaska Airlines joins the oneworld alliance March 31. Before the pandemic it seemed inevitable that Alaska’s joining oneworld would mean devaluing the mileage program.
Alaska’s Mileage Plan miles are more valuable than, for instance, American AAdvantage miles. Would American be partnering with Alaska so closely if they hadn’t addressed this – a pain point in the relationship between the two airlines in the past?
However Alaska says no changes to current partner redemption pricing when they join oneworld, and to expect advance notice of any changes. Alaska external relations communications manager Ray Lane shares,
We’ll announce award pricing for new oneworld partners as redemption is launched. As always, we’ll strive to give at least 90 days’ notice if changes were coming to any current partner awards.
There are no planned changes to current oneworld partner award pricing for March 31.
Currently some of Alaska’s one-way sweet spots include:
- Cathay Pacific to Asia in business (50,000) and first (70,000)
- Cathay Pacific to Africa in business (62,500) and first (80,000, though expect to fly first only US-Asia)
- Cathay Pacific to Australia in business (60,000) and first (80,000, though expect to fly first only US-Asia)
- Japan Airlines to Southeast Asia in business (65,000) and first (75,000)
- British Airways first class to Europe for 70,000 and to Africa (80,000)
- Qantas to Australia in business (55,000) and first (75,000)
Cathay Pacific First Class
Not making changes to existing award chart pricing upon joining oneworld suggests that when Alaska joins oneworld we’ll still have separate award charts for individual partners, with new charts being added,
- Since award pricing varies by partner, and Alaska says pricing isn’t changing, this suggests we may still see separate redemption charts for each oneworld partner (or at least for existing partners).
- Perhaps they’ll introduce award booking that allows combining more than one partner airline on the same award itinerary. That would involve a new ‘multi-partner’ redemption chart.
- Alaska’s current chart for partners does not allow travel between all cities those partners serve. That’s been assumed to change with Alaska joining oneworld. For existing partners perhaps additional travel regions will be added to each chart.