Alaska Mileage Plan is one of my all around favorite frequent flyer programs. On the redemption side they have some really unique partners, like Emirates, and they allow stopovers on one-way awards.
But they’re equally cool on the earnings side, as they have a dozen airline partners. While Alaska doesn’t belong to an alliance, they have airline partners in both oneworld and SkyTeam, as well as airline partners which don’t belong to any alliance.
From the perspective of someone based in the US, it’s pretty awesome that Alaska partners with both American and Delta, so that you can credit miles from both airlines to them.
One question I’ve been receiving lately on a nearly daily basis is when US Airways flights can be credited to Alaska Mileage Plan. As of now Alaska partners with American but not with US Airways, even though US Airways is part of the “new American.” On the Mileage Plan earnings page for American you’ll even see it specifically says that “Flights operated by US Airways are not eligible for mileage accrual.”
So unfortunately as of now we don’t yet know as of when US Airways flights can be credited to Alaska Mileage Plan. I’ve reached out to contacts and unfortunately they don’t yet have a timeline for when this could happen. You’d think they’d want to do this sooner rather than later, especially since it could be a further slap in the face to Delta, as they have a love/hate relationship.
Keep in mind that the American & US Airways reservations systems will tentatively be merged in October, at which point all flights will have American flight numbers. Presumably once that happens you’ll be able to credit those flights to Alaska. Though I wouldn’t count on it necessarily happening long before then.
Given that American and US Airways are in many cases cross fleeting, it sure would be nice if flights from both carriers could be credited to Alaska Mileage Plan. So while you can already credit Alaska flights to American AAdvantage, hopefully US Airways flights can be credited to Alaska soon as well.