Quickly Search Award Availability for Aeromexico, Air France, Alaska, American, British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Era, Fiji, KLM, Pen Air and Qantas From Your Phone

by on October 11, 2013 · 5 comments

in Alaska, Travel Technology

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Alaska Airlines isn’t in a global airline alliance, but they’ve inked partnerships with a number of airlines that allow Mileage Plan members to earn and redeem on flights on multiple alliances and niche carriers including Aeromexico, American, British Airways, Cathay Pacifc, Delta, Emirates, Fiji, Korean, Lan, KLM, Qantas and Pen Air.

Alaska Airlines partners

Alaska Airlines partners

You can bank miles when flying these airlines to Mileage Plan, but you can also transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points at a ratio of 20,000 SPG to 25,000 Alaska miles. They’ve got some decent redemptions and generally low fees- their partner award charts are separated by region and can be found here.

A lot of awards are bookable online- including on their app, which is available for iPhone and Android. I just took the app for a spin and was able to price out awards on all partners expect Cathay Pacific, Korean and Lan. This could be a great tool if you’re looking to book a last minute award and don’t have access to a computer (or simply check availability so you can call in and book with your frequent flyer program) or simply to plan dream trips while you sit in the airport!

Alaska App Emirates AF Alaska App KLM BA Alaska App QantasRandom interesting fact- Pen Air operates a lot of flights within Alaska, but also on the east coast as well from Boston to Plattsburgh, New York, Islip, NY, Presque Isle, Maine, and Bar Harbor, Maine. These flights can get pricy, so they could be valuable coach redemptions for those who fly these routes.

I’ve been meaning to beef up my Alaska mileage account so I can take advantage of some of the partners like Emirates, who aren’t bookable via many other programs or Amex/Chase transfer partners (at least not for one-way awards). I am going to focus on spending more on my SPG personal and business Amex, but also shop through Alaska’s shopping portal and link all of my cards to their dining program.

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  • Jon

    Is there a way to use Avios to book on Penair?

  • John

    So are these awards only bookable with Alaska, or can I use it to search Avios availability on LAN/American or Delta availability on KLM/AF/Aeromexico

  • thepointsguy

    All availability should be bookable with other partners, except for AF/KLM on Delta because Delta has “IT” issues often booking those partner awards. In general partner award space is bookable between all alliane/non-alliance partners

  • holly holst

    Thank you points guy for getting back to me so quickly.
    Can i use your services to book 2 flights with Avios with LAN and also to use my Delta points?
    I just tried to use Delta points OTP-SLC roundtrip. The cost is $638 plus 60,000 points. Later I tried to use Delta points OTP-AGP round trip- $320 plus 25,000 points. I can book a flight for less that the service charge. What am I doing wrong?
    Please get in touch with me. I need to form a point strategy for my situation. Thanks.

  • Maayanky

    How can I bank my 20k from Delta to Mileage Plan? Would that be worth more than transferring all from MR points?
    I’m thinking of upgrading a Emirates economy ticket JFK-MXP to business for 65k or to first for 130k MR points.
    Is there a better way than using that many MR points?

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