August 30, 2017
Alaska Air Announces new Partnership with Singapore Airlines
Alaska Air announced a new partnership with Star Alliance member Singapore Airlines this morning. Alaska Mileage Plan and Singapore KrisFlyer members will be able to earn miles on each other’s flight beginning September 27, 2017. Members will also be able to redeem miles for award flights on both airlines at a later date.
The airlines also announced a new codeshare agreement. This will allow customers to purchase a single ticket with flights operated by both Singapore and Alaska airlines. Passengers can then check-in for their flights one time and pick up their luggage at the final destination. For example, you could fly Singapore Airlines from Singapore to San Francisco and take a connecting Alaska Air flight to Seattle. Your luggage would be checked through all the way. Singapore’s senior VP of marketing had this to say:
“Our new partnership with Alaska Airlines enables us to improve connectivity between Singapore and the important North American market, providing customers with more codeshare destinations and enhanced KrisFlyer benefits. It also reflects our commitment to continuously expand our network reach and offer our customers greater flexibility when planning their travel itineraries.”
More codeshare agreements and mileage earning options are always great. Alaska has a great frequent flyer program, so it could be worthwhile to credit Singapore flights to Mileage Plan (although I’d focus on earning Star Alliance Gold Status first). Although Singapore has one of the best Business Class seats in the world, they reserve Business and First Class awards to members of their KrisFlyer frequent flyer program. This means earning Alaska miles for Singapore flights is great, but you’ll likely be redeeming them for premium awards on other airlines.
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