American Airlines is losing most of the value of its Alaska Airlines partnership at the end of the year.
Starting next year you’ll only be able to earn miles and elite qualifying miles for Alaska flights when booking American Airlines codeshares (codeshares are almost always a pain to deal with, and they’re only available on a subset of routes). Reciprocal award redemption and lounge access will remain a part of their relationship.
Now comes word of another loss: American reached out to let me know that their relationship with Jet Airways will end December 31, 2017 as well.
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- AAdvantage mileage-earning will continue for flights through December 31, 2017
- Redemption will be available through December 31, 2017 for flights through end of schedule. You’ll be able to book travel well into 2018, however you won’t be able to change travel onto other Jet Airways flights past December 31.
Note that ticketing of Jet Airways awards (not merely holding a reservation) must be complete by December 31.
Search for Award Space at Delta.com Then Call American to Book:
Toronto – Amsterdam Non-stop 2 Passengers in Business Class, Note That American Charges 57,500 for This Award While Delta Charges 85,000
This is not surprising. Jet Airways, a long-term AAdvantage partner, has been getting closer to Delta. In fact reports are that Delta is negotiating for a 24% stake in the Indian carrier. About six weeks ago Jet Airways named a Delta Senior Vice President as its CEO. Presumably the choice to strengthen ties with Delta over American was made on the Jet Airways side.
This is unfortunate for AAdvantage members. Not only does Jet Airways offer fantastic award availability and a strong product on their Toronto – Amsterdam flight (one of the few transatlantic routes you can regularly redeem AAdvantage miles for without fuel surcharges) but it also deprives American of a partner for Indian domestic flights and to feed India traffic to the airline’s route network. They lost their last Indian partner – Kingfisher – five years ago.
Now would be a particularly opportune time to strengthen their relationships with Gulf carriers Etihad (which owns a significant stake in Jet Airways but which has been exercising less and less control over the carrier in recent times) and Qatar. Both have significant presences in the region and could provide feed from India — better business than fighting a war of politics against them.