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Alaska Airlines has joined the oneworld alliance and became the 14th full member of the global alliance.
Alaska Airlines announced its plans to join the alliance in February 2020 and later that year, in July, the airline received an official invitation from oneworld. Now the airline is an official member of the alliance, which has become a milestone in the almost 90-year history of Alaska Airlines.
"Joining oneworld is joining a family of the best airlines in the world," said Ben Minicucci, Alaska's CEO. "Being a part of the alliance allows us to provide fantastic global connectivity, a seamless travel experience and more valuable loyalty offerings for our guests. This alliance transforms Alaska into a truly global airline, connecting our strong West Coast network and destinations across North America with the worldwide reach of our oneworld partners."
Now Alaska Mileage Plan members can earn miles for flights with any other 13 oneworld member airlines. As for redemption options, they are available with current Alaska partners for now, which include American Airlines, Qantas, British Airways, and some others. Award bookings on airlines that Alaska did not have previous partnerships with will become available later this year.
Alaska Mileage Plan members with elite status automatically receive matching oneworld tier status. Thus, members with MVP Gold 75K elite status receive oneworld Emerald tier, MVP Gold members receive oneworld Sapphire, and MVP members get oneworld Ruby Privileges.