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Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is one of the best frequent flyer programs out there, thanks to great award routing rules that allow a stopover even on a one-way ticket, and generally favorable award charts. Most of all, while Alaska Airlines is not part of any alliance, it does have a few great partners that you can use to redeem miles, such as American, Delta, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, KLM, Qantas and Korean Air.
Now, there will be another fantastic option to get to Asia with Alaska Mileage Plan miles: Skytrax five-star rated Hainan Airlines. Alaska Airlines and Hainan Airlines announced a partnership today that will allow passengers to earn and redeem miles on both carriers. One of just seven five-star airlines in the world, Hainan Airlines also isn’t a member of any of the major alliances, so award flights aren’t easy to get.
Hainan currently operates US routes to Boston, Chicago, San Jose and Seattle. In particular, this offers great opportunities to connect to or from Alaska flights from Seattle and San Jose, where the airline has a large presence.
Beginning immediately, Alaska flyers will be able to earn both redeemable and elite-qualifying miles on Hainan flights, and the two plan to allow cross-award redemptions later this year. Additionally, the two airlines are looking to recognize and extend elite reciprocal benefits to members by fall of this year.
Unfortunately, Alaska’s award redemption chart for Hainan flights hasn’t been released yet, but you can check award availability on ExpertFlyer in case Alaska’s website doesn’t show it.
Alaska Mileage Plan continues to offer a great variety of redemptions, and it never hurts to have one more option for crossing the Pacific — and on a five-star airline no less!
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