With Alaska Airlines joining the oneworld alliance on 31 March 2021, Qatar Airways will start Seattle flights to connect the two partners hubs. A whole host of other benefits are also in store.

This connection will allow for convenient travel for frequent flyers of both airlines. People based in the USA will have one stop access to places like Africa via Doha, while those flying Qatar can connect over Seattle to west coast destinations.

Qatar Start Seattle and Other Benefits

According to the Qatar Airways press release, the airline will start Seattle flights on 15 March 2021, flying Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Departing Doha at 08:00, services arrive at 12:20 the same day. Return flights from SEA will leave at 17:05, arriving at 17:15 the following day.

Before these flights commence, there will be an enhanced frequent flyer partnership in place. From next week (15 December 2020, to be precise), people in Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and Qatar Airways Privilege Club will be able to earn miles on each others networks.

Full benefits will come into place once Alaska Airlines join the oneworld alliance. That will mean earning status in both programmes, lounge access and so on. This will also apply across all carriers in the alliance.

A codeshare agreement is also being worked on, which is something Qatar Airways already has with American Airlines. It is not surprising they are pursuing something similar here.

Overall Thoughts

It is good news that Qatar Airways will start Seattle services, especially for those regular flyers at both airlines. Being able to earn miles in advance of Alaska joining oneworld is also a decent enough perk.

What do you think of this arrangement? Will you find it useful to connect over Doha or Seattle to get where you’re going? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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