The Guide to Alaska Airlines Partners

You might be able to earn and redeem miles or receive elite status perks on Alaska's partner airlines.

Sam KemmisJun 24, 2021
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Alaska Airlines joined the Oneworld alliance in 2021, expanding the breadth and benefits of its partnerships. It has also maintained many of the high-quality partnerships — such as Emirates —  from before joining Oneworld.

The benefits of these partnerships are threefold:

  • You can earn Alaska miles when flying with partners.

  • You can use Alaska miles to fly with partners.

  • You can get MVP elite benefits when flying with partners.

Since Alaska flies few international routes itself, these partnerships greatly expand the benefits for Mileage Plan members, geographically. Alaska doesn't fly to Europe, for example, but several of its partner airlines do.

Here's what you need to know about Alaska Airlines' partners.

Alaska’s partner airlines

Alaska is currently partnered with 19 other airlines. Many of these are Oneworld members, but not all.

Partner

Earn Alaska miles when flying

Book award travel with Alaska miles

Oneworld member

Aer Lingus

-

American Airlines

British Airways

Cathay Pacific

Condor

-

El Al Israel

-

Fiji Airways

-

Finnair

Hainan Airlines

-

Icelandair

-

Japan Airlines

Korean Air

-

LATAM Airlines

-

PenAir

-

Qantas

Qatar

Ravn Alaska

-

Singapore Airlines

-

Earning miles with partners

Credit your flight to your Alaska Mileage Plan account

You can earn miles on Alaska’s partners by crediting the flight to your Alaska Mileage Plan account. That is, if you book a flight on British Airways, you must enter your Alaska number in your itinerary in order to earn miles.

Alaska miles are earned based on the number of miles flown with the partner airline, though not always at a 1:1 ratio. Most partner economy tickets only earn 25% of flown miles. For example, if you fly 4,000 miles on British Airways in the cheapest fare class, you’ll earn 1,000 Alaska miles.

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Take advantage of bonus miles in premium cabins

On the flip side, many partners offer bonus miles for flying in their premium cabins. In British Airways’ highest fare class (F), you’ll earn 100% of flown miles plus a 200% class of service bonus plus a 200% additional bonus. Flying 4,000 miles in this fare class will earn a whopping 20,000 Alaska miles.

Note that the “additional bonus” applies to redeemable miles (which can be used to book award flights) but not elite-qualifying miles (which earn elite status).

Miles earning rates from partners

Here is how many miles you’ll earn for each partner in the cheapest economy fare class:

Partner

Miles earned in lowest fare class

Aer Lingus

25%

American Airlines

25%

British Airways

25%

Cathay Pacific

25%

Condor

50%

El Al

25%

Emirates

25%

Fiji Airways

50%

Finnair

25%

Hainan

30%

Icelandair

25%

Japan Airlines

30%

Korean Air

50%

LATAM

25%

PenAir

100%

Qantas

100%

Ravn Alaska

100%

Singapore Airlines

50%

For a full breakdown of earnings based on partner airlines and fare classes, check Alaska’s partner page.

An important caveat: The flight must be sold and operated by the same partner airline in order to qualify for Alaska miles. What does that mean? If you book a flight through British Airways that is operated by Iberia Airways, you will not earn Alaska miles. This can get tricky, especially for partners in the Oneworld alliance, so keep an eye out when booking your ticket.

How to use Alaska miles to book partner flights

Alaska only operates a handful of international routes, so redeeming miles on their partner airlines is a good way to travel the globe.

Searching for available partner award flights is fairly straightforward. Use the flight search tool on the website or app and select the Use miles box.

Once you search, you’ll see the available partner routes for the destination you selected.

Each partner serves different regions and has its own award chart.

Some partners (British Airways, most notoriously) charge massive fuel surcharges that are not published in the award chart. The best way to find the “real” cost of a given itinerary is to search and compare.

NerdWallet values Alaska miles at 1.1 cents each.

Most Alaska partners allow free stopovers on award itineraries, which means you can stop for several days (or weeks) at the airlines’ hub on your way to your final destination. This is a great way to extend the value of your miles, especially when booking premium cabin awards.

To book stopovers, use the multi-city search tool.

Make sure the stopover is in one of Alaska’s partners’ hubs (in this case, Japan Airlines’ hub in Tokyo) or the search will fail.

Note: Some partners, like LATAM, are only bookable by calling Alaska directly.

Alaska elite members get automatic Oneworld status

Alaska MVP elite members receive automatically reciprocal Oneworld status, which confers benefits such as lounge access when flying with Oneworld partners.

Alaska MVP = Oneworld Ruby

  • Preferred check-in.

  • Preferred seating.

Alaska MVP Gold = Oneworld Sapphire

  • Preferred check-in.

  • Preferred seating.

  • Business class lounge access.

  • Baggage allowance.

Alaska MVP Gold 75k = Oneworld Emerald

  • Preferred check-in.

  • Preferred seating.

  • First class lounge access.

  • Baggage allowance.

All of these policies are subject to the specific rules of each Oneworld partner airline. Don’t be surprised to encounter some hiccups when flying with partners. And remember to use your Alaska Mileage Plan number on partner itineraries, not your reward account associated with that airline.

In addition to Oneworld benefits, a few of Alaska’s partners extend lounge access to MVP Gold and Gold 75K members:

A few of Alaska’s partners extend lounge access to MVP Gold and Gold 75K members:

  • Emirates (Dubai).

  • Icelandair (Keflavik).

  • Hainan Airlines (multiple airports in mainland China).

Frequently asked questions

Alaska currently has 19 partner airlines, and recently joined the Oneworld alliance. You can earn miles in Mileage Plan when flying with Alaska’s partners. You can also redeem those same miles for flights with partners.

Yes and both are members of the Oneworld alliance.

Yes, you can redeem Alaska miles with any of the airlines’ partners. Most of these redemptions can be made through the Alaska website, but some require calling Alaska directly.

Yes, you can earn Alaska miles when flying with a partner airline and attributing it to your Mileage Plan account. Keep in mind that, for most partners, you will earn fewer miles when flying economy than when flying on Alaska.

Yes, you can earn American miles when flying with Alaska by applying your AAdvantage number to the itinerary. However, you will generally earn fewer American miles this way than you would earn Alaska miles.

Use Alaska Airlines' partners to your benefit

Alaska has long offered some of the best partnership earning and redemption options out there. Now that it has joined the Oneworld alliance, these partnerships have only expanded and strengthened.

You might think of Alaska as a small-ish airline that primarily serves the West Coast. But when you consider these partnerships, especially with American Airlines, its reach is far greater.

Now that you’ve mastered their partnership program, you’re ready to learn more about Alaska’s Mileage Plan program.


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