Alaska Elites Now Get Lounge Access and Other Perks When Flying Emirates

Oct 27, 2015

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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.

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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 credit card, which is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 30,000 miles after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days. 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.

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