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Emirates And Alaska Airlines Form Mileage Partners

Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:36 pm

On March 1, Emirates will start non-stop service from Seattle to Dubai and looks like they announced an agreement with Alaska Airlines to share a mileage plan. Doesn't look like AS or EK have done an official release yet.

http://www.airlinereporter.com/2012/...ates-announce-mileage-partnership/


I am in Seattle and have been hearing a lot of ads on this, I wonder how this might direct regional traffic to the Emirates flight. I guess it would be good for people going to India? Maybe Africa?
 
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RE: Emirates And Alaska Airlines Form Mileage Partners

Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:21 pm

Excellent! I just booked tickets on this service in May/June and was really hoping they would form some sort of agreement. That's a lot of miles to miss out on. Thanks

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RE: Emirates And Alaska Airlines Form Mileage Partners

Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:25 pm

Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
 
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RE: Emirates And Alaska Airlines Form Mileage Partners

Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:27 pm

Good to see that EK is cooperating with AS. That should help fill the planes with some feed traffic. The 77W is an awfully large plane for the route, so I think that feed will help. Although feed typically is lower yielding, I think that getting help from throughout the Northwest including Canada will help.

With that said, EK still sells tickets on airlines that it does not have mileage partnerships with to reach destinations that they don't serve.
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RE: Emirates And Alaska Airlines Form Mileage Partners

Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:10 am

I said this would have to happen before EK starts their DXB-SEA flight, and it's happened. Good news for both carriers, EK will need this feed to fill a daily 77W. Both carriers have great street cred, it's a logical match up. Will the AS connections apply to all the EK gateways AS serves ie...LAX or SFO, or just SEA?
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RE: Emirates And Alaska Airlines Form Mileage Partners

Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:20 am

This was inevitable the moment EK announced SEA...I'd be surprised if the two sides weren't talking before EK announced the service. I suspect this arrangement will work out terrifically for both carriers, nicely done!

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 4):
Will the AS connections apply to all the EK gateways AS serves ie...LAX or SFO, or just SEA?

Great question--I wouldn't be surprised if it did, certainly doesn't do anything to hurt EK's west coast presence.

*Edit*
All this being said, I can't imagine the folks at DL/AF/KL are terribly excited about this one...

[Edited 2012-01-19 19:21:15]
 
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RE: Emirates And Alaska Airlines Form Mileage Partners

Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:43 am

I'm sure Delta isn't pleased, but realistically this probably doesn't hurt them that much. I can see Emirates generating their own traffic instead of just stealing pax from DL.

Now I have a reason to visit Dubai though... sweet!
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RE: Emirates And Alaska Airlines Form Mileage Partners

Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:22 am

Quoting dinker225 (Reply 1):
Excellent! I just booked tickets on this service in May/June and was really hoping they would form some sort of agreement. That's a lot of miles to miss out on. Thanks

Make sure your reservations includes your Alaska Mileage Plan number and make sure it qualifies. Also, make sure you register your Mileage Plan number with the link on the Home Page.
 
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RE: Emirates And Alaska Airlines Form Mileage Partners

Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:26 am

Hurray! Can't wait to see what the redemption miles will be to fly First on Emirates!!
 
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RE: Emirates And Alaska Airlines Form Mileage Partners

Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:35 am

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 4):
I said this would have to happen before EK starts their DXB-SEA flight, and it's happened. Good news for both carriers, EK will need this feed to fill a daily 77W. Both carriers have great street cred, it's a logical match up. Will the AS connections apply to all the EK gateways AS serves ie...LAX or SFO, or just SEA?
Quoting BlatantEcho (Reply 6):
I'm sure Delta isn't pleased, but realistically this probably doesn't hurt them that much.

People....It's just a mileage relationship. You can earn AS miles on ANY EK flight, including the LAX and SFO services. It is not a codeshare. Therefore, it won't overly help with "feed", and since it's just a mileage relationship, I'm sure Delta has no say.

But it is really cool that I can get RDMs and EQMs when flying EK. Just makes the AS Mileage Plan just a bit better.

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