Alaska Airlines is joining the oneworld airline alliance as part of a new agreement with American Airlines to strengthen their relationship on the West Coast. Plans call for Alaska Airlines to join oneworld by 2021, which American says will connect Alaska Airlines guests to more than 1,200 destinations worldwide, as well as offer reciprocal benefits to Alaskan Airlines travelers on other member airlines, such as priority check-in and boarding, access to preferred seats and free checked bags.
As part of the new agreement between American and Alaska Airlines, American will also launch a part of new routes: its first service from Seattle to Bangalore, India, beginning October 2020, and a new route between Seattle and London Heathrow in March 2021. Both airlines will continue their domestic codeshare, and they will expand their codeshare to include international routes out of Los Angeles and Seattle.
Bookings for the new flight to Bangalore will open later this month, while bookings for the new flight to Heathrow will open in May 2021.
Additionally, 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.