Changes to the American Airlines & Alaska Airline Partnership

It looks like there might be some turbulence in the relationship with American Airlines & Alaska Airlines because things are changing for the worse.

Last week it was announced that starting January 1, 2018 AAdvantage members will no-longer be able to fly on Alaska Airline flights and earn miles that go towards qualifying an AAdvantage member for elite status.

In addition to losing out on qualifying miles flown on Alaska Airlines towards AAdvantage elite status if you were offered benefits as an American Airlines member on Alaska Flights and vice versa those will be discontinued as-well.

Not sure what those benefits were? Click on our links below for a full list of AAdvantage and Alaska Airline Mileage Plan benefits.

American Airline’s AAdvantage membership benefit  

Alaska Airline Mileage Plan Benefits

What does this mean for you? It means that you have less flexibly and reduced opportunities for building your nest egg of miles as-well as the utilization of your benefits. This is a clear example of when less is not more.

So what to do now? Strategize.

Remember, that the best way to earn rewards is remaining loyal to a coalition or a carrier with partnerships that matter for you. So, although you have one less partner to patroon with you can focus on the partners that still exist with your preferred airline whether that be American Airlines or Alaska Airlines.

Check out their respective partners below:


AeroMexico Fiji Airways Korean Air
Air France Finnair Latam Airlines
British Airways Hainan Airlines  PenAir
Cathay Pacific  Japan Airlines  Qantas
 Condor  Icelandair  Ravn Alaska 
 Emirates  KLM Royal Dutch Airlines  


Air Berlin Qantas Etihad Airways
British Airlines Qatar Airways Fiji Airways
Cathay Pacific Royal Jordanian Airlines Gulf Air 
Finnair S7 Airlines Hawaiian Airlines
Iberia SriLankan Airlines Interjet
Japan Airlines TAM Airlines Jet Airways
LAN Airlines Air Tajiti Nui Seaborne Airlines
Malaysia Airlines Cape Air  WestJet

Do you have miles with either Alaska Airlines or American Airlines that you want to use so you can focus on earning and using miles with your preferred carrier?

Try any of the below options:

American Airlines

  1. Magazine for miles
  2. Newspapers for miles
  3. Redeem for gift cards
  4. Lifelock identity theft protection
  5. Donate your miles
  6. Car rentals
  7. Hotel stays

Alaska Airlines

  1. Share or gift miles
  2. Redeem for magazines
  3. Gift Cards
  4. Online Shopping

Remember. Use them before you lose them.


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