Alaska Airlines award tickets now bookable on British Airways website

Mar 31, 2021

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After months of anticipation, Alaska Airlines officially joined the Oneworld alliance today, March 31, 2021. This means Alaska Airlines is now a partner with all Oneworld airlines, so members of any Oneworld airline loyalty program can earn and redeem miles on Alaska Airlines flights.

Alaska Airlines and British Airways have actually been partners since long before Alaska joined Oneworld. However, British Airways members couldn’t redeem their Avios for Alaska-operated flights online. Instead, the process involved finding Alaska saver award space via another airline website and then calling British Airways to book the award ticket. There was often some hold time involved and it was a time-consuming process.

Alaska Airlines plane at SFO
You can now redeem Avios for Alaska Airlines flights online. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

But that all changes today.

Alaska Airlines award tickets are now bookable on the British Airways website and display alongside other Oneworld partner awards. This change was noticed early this morning and likely rolled out shortly after Alaska’s official Oneworld admittance.

You can book Alaska award tickets with Avios through the “book with Avios” page. You will search there like you would for any other British Airways award ticket and you should be presented with all flights with open award space. That said, is known to exclude certain partner flights, so it’s worth cross-checking with another Oneworld search tool.

You can still call British Airways to book awards not listed on its website.

Alaska Airlines awards on
(Screenshot courtesy of British Airways)

Remember, you can use British Airways Avios to book short-haul flights for a very reasonable award price. Nonstop flights of up to 651 miles in length are 7,500 Avios in economy while flights up to 1,151 miles are 9,000 Avios per BA’s distance-based award chart. You can use this to score great deals on short-haul flights and — in some cases — get a better deal than if you were to redeem Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles on the same flight.

SFO BOI Alaska award on BA's website
(Screenshot courtesy of British Airways)

Remember, you can earn BA Avios with an Avios co-branded credit card or by transferring points from American Express Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Related: Alaska joining Oneworld brings hotly contested Seattle hub to the limelight

Bottom line

It’s great to see British Airways add Alaska Airlines flights to its award booking engine. This makes it even easier to get a great deal on Alaska Airlines award flights without investing the time it takes to call and secure awards over the phone. We’re hopeful that other Oneworld carriers will follow suit in the coming weeks by adding Alaska flights to their own award search engines.

Feature photo by Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

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