I’m a little bit happy that Alaska Airlines is joining the oneworld alliance. The Seattle based airline set a very aggressive date to join oneworld and now they have announced exactly when.

With a reputation for quality and service, it will be great to have them in the alliance. Everyone seems to have a good word to say about them and their Mileage Plan frequent flyer programme is considered top notch.

Alaska To Join Oneworld

The Alaska Airlines blog states the official joining date will be 31 March 2021. From then, people can start earning miles and all the reciprocal lounge benefits and so on will take effect.

These dates are hard rules. If you have a flight on 30 March and hope to earn miles on it due to the new partnership, it won’t count, even if other flights on your booking are after the join date. Tried that with Royal Jordanian back in 2007 and it’s a no.

Time To Switch Airlines!

I always fly American Airlines when I’m in the United States, as they are in oneworld and I like to earn points and status. Over the years, that once decent airline has become very patchy service wise.

All of my flying in the USA will now be switched to Alaska Airlines for the foreseeable future. Looks like I’ll be flying Dublin to Seattle on Aer Lingus or British Airways and connecting from there to where I need to be. Can’t wait!

Overall Thoughts

When airlines join oneworld, they don’t need to cancel any existing airline partnerships. Various carriers in the alliance have relationships with those outside of the alliance, so this is expected to continue after they join. In fact, they deal with it in the blog post I linked earlier.

I’m excited to see 31 March announced as the day Alaska Airlines join oneworld. Now, time to get making some bookings to take full advantage of the fact.

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