Alaska and American Airlines announce new West Coast international alliance

©Alaska Airlines and American Airlines announce alliance

Alaska Airlines and American Airlines have announced an alliance to create more choice for West Coast customers. The expanded relationship between the airlines will offer customers several benefits. Alaska Airlines intends to join global airline alliance oneworld® by summer 2021, which will connect Alaska guests to more than 1,200 destinations worldwide.

American will launch the first service from Seattle (SEA) to Bangalore, India (BLR) beginning October 2020. A new American route from SEA to the global business hub London Heathrow (LHR) will begin flying in March 2021.

The airlines will continue their domestic codeshare that offers customers hassle-free booking and travel between the two networks. The codeshare will expand to include international routes from Los Angeles (LAX) and SEA.

Alaska and American loyalty members will enjoy benefits across both airlines, including the ability to earn and use miles on both airlines’ full networks, elite status reciprocity and lounge access to nearly 50 American Admirals Club lounges worldwide and seven Alaska Lounges in the U.S.

The alliance will give West Coast travelers more choices when traveling internationally, offer seamless access across a broader network and provide strategic growth for both airlines.

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