Earlier in the year Alaska Airlines and Emirates announced a partnership, though indicated that mileage redemption reciprocity wouldn’t occur until later in 2012. Then just a couple of weeks ago Alaska announced a delay in their Emirates award chart until early 2013.
Well, it looks like we now have an updated date for this announcement, per a travel agent memo that my friend Chris passed along:
Skywards Program Update
Redemption cooperation with Alaska Airlines (AS): as of January 16th, Skywards members can redeem their Skywards miles on all Alaska Airlines flights. As of the same date, Alaska Mileage Plan members can redeem their Mileage Plan miles on all Emirates flights. These program enhancements give our US based Skywards members much richer redemption opportunities and therefore makes our frequent flyer program stronger.
So I guess we’ll know the award chart in a couple of weeks at the latest. After my flight on Emirates a couple of weeks ago I’m waiting anxiously to see what this award chart looks like… I need another shower!