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For a few years, Alaska Airlines miles have been one of the best ways to book Emirates redemptions — especially if you’re interested in flying one of airline’s premium products, like the A380 in first class. This week, the two airlines announced a codeshare agreement, which will extend the perks of the partnership to include reciprocal benefits for elite flyers, as well as the ability to book multi-segment trips on both airlines as a single itinerary.
Here are a few of the key benefits to the codeshare:
- Single-ticket itineraries with both carriers on the same ticket.
- Reciprocal access to Alaska Airlines Board Room and Emirates Business Class lounge for flyers with proper Alaska and Emirates status.
- Reciprocal access to priority check-in and boarding at Dubai, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
This is great news, especially if you’re a frequent flyer on either airline. The pre-departure perks will make trips more comfortable, and the single-ticket itinerary (for trips involving flights on both airlines) is a welcome change for revenue tickets.
If you’re looking to book award travel, meanwhile, keep in mind that you can transfer points earned with the Starwood Preferred Guest Card from American Express to Alaska. You can also earn miles with the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card, which is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 25,000 miles after the first purchase. First-class awards between North America and the Middle East cost 180,000 Alaska miles round-trip on Emirates, while a round-trip in economy will run you 85,000 miles.
For more on booking award travel on Emirates, check out our guide to award booking with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan.
There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.
- Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
- Earn 2 Starpoints® for each dollar of eligible purchases spent on the Card at participating SPG® & Marriott Rewards® hotels. Earn 1 Starpoint for all other purchases.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees on International purchases.
- Receive free in-room, premium internet access. Booking requirements apply.
- Redeem Starpoints® at over 1,300 participating hotels and resorts in over 100 countries and for flights on more than 150 airlines with SPG flights, all with no blackout dates.
- $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
- Terms and Conditions apply.
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