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Alaska and American airlines to add codeshare flights

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Feb. 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm with No Comments »
February 4, 2013 1:00 pm

Sea-Tac’s  Alaska Airlines announced today it is strengthening its partnership with American Airlines by adding new codeshare flights to each airline’s schedule.

Codesharing arrangements allow airlines to label other airlines’ flights as if they were their own.

Under the expanded relationship, American will place its code on 22 new Alaska routes, and Alaska will place its code on 19 additional American flights.

Those new codeshares will allow American customers to fly from the San Francisco Bay area to Hawaii on Alaska flights carrying American flight numbers.  The new deal also will let American to place its code on Alaska flights to Boston, Washington, D.C. and Orlando from the Northwest and San Diego.

Alaska will put its code on American flights connecting Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., Orlando and Houston. Alaska customers will gain more seamless access to 11 cities in Texas through American’s Dallas-Fort Worth hub.

The new codeshare flights are available for booking today for travel beginning Thursday.

The codesharing arrangements will be particularly valuable to members of each airline’s frequent flier program. Under those programs, travelers will earn mileage credit on codeshare flights as if they were flying aboard flights by their program sponsor’s airline.

“Alaska’s elite-level frequent fliers will  be eligible for  free checked bags, priority boarding and priority seating – the same benefits they receive when flying on Alaska Airlines, ” said Alaska.

The same applies for American elite level fliers traveling on Alaska codeshare flights.

Alaska and Delta Air Lines are also partners on many codeshare flights.

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