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Alaska’s been struggling a bit on the partner front recently, particularly when it comes to Delta. The two airlines had some pretty fantastic reciprocal elite benefits for a while, but with Delta now competing directly on Alaska’s home turf, it wasn’t a surprise when those perks began to subside.
Now, even without the strong Delta partnership, Alaska has an extremely robust frequent flyer program. The airline has one of TPG’s favorite mileage currencies, due in no small part to fantastic Emirates redemptions, and in general, the status match perks cannot be beat. So it’s quite exciting that Alaska has announced it’ll be adding even more value to the program through a partnership with Icelandair.
Through this latest deal, the two airlines will have a codeshare agreement as of November 1, allowing passengers to book one reservation with flights operated by both airlines. Even more exciting, though, is the fact that Icelandair passengers will be able to credit their revenue flights to Alaska Mileage Plan (also earning elite-qualifying miles), and it may even become possible to redeem Alaska miles, such as those earned with the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card, for flights to Iceland.
Also, beginning October 1, Alaska MVP Gold and Gold 75K members will get free access to Icelandair’s Saga Lounge in Reykjavik, while Icelandair’s own Gold and Silver elites will get Alaska Board Room access in Seattle, Portland, Anchorage and Los Angeles. Finally, you’ll earn double Alaska miles on Icelandair flights from October 1 through December 15, 2015, which will help make up for the not-so-great earning rates, particularly with discounted economy fares.
With cheap fares from WOW Air, it may still make sense to opt for a budget carrier, even if that means forfeiting Alaska miles, though any way you look at it, an Icelandair flight will beat the next best frequent flyer option — obscenely expensive SkyMiles redemptions (55,000 for coach, 125,000 for business) on Delta.
H/T: One Mile at a Time
Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card
|Intro APR||Regular APR||Annual Fee||Foreign Transaction Fee||Credit Rating|
|N/A||12.49% - 19.49% Variable APR on purchases and balance transfers||$75||0%||Excellent/Good|