In February I posted about the rumor that one-way awards would soon be bookable using Alaska Mileage Plan miles. Alaska has some amazing airline partners with their Mileage Plan program, though the two really restrictive policies about the program are the lack of one-ways at half the cost of a roundtrip and the inability to mix partner airlines on a single award ticket.
Anyway, a search on Alaska’s website reveals that one-way tickets are now bookable for travel on American at half the cost of a roundtrip. For example, a search for availability between New York and London reveals that one-way tickets are 20,000 miles in coach, 50,000 miles in business class, or 62,500 miles in first class.
Interestingly Delta awards now appear when doing a one-way search as well, though only at the roundtrip price. I’m hoping that’s just a glitch that needs to be fixed, given that they haven’t even made a formal announcement of one-way award tickets being allowed yet.
It’s also worth noting that American awards now appear on the search calender when booking one-way awards, which wasn’t previously the case either, so you can search availability a month at a time (though you can also do that on aa.com, as saver award availability released to the two airlines is identical).
Hopefully the functionality to book one-way awards is brought to other partner airlines as well, though I’d be willing to bet it’ll be at a snail’s pace.