Have any US expats joined Alaska Airlines' frequent flier program to take advantage of their benefits with Emirates, Delta, KLM, Etihad/American and others?
In doing a tremendous amount of research on favorable airlines/alliances to focus on when flying in and out of Dammam, I was surprised to find a recommended option that enables me not to choose!
A number of forums in the US rave about this arrangement saying that you can even get more benefits with airlines like Emirates through Alaska Air than you can solely with Emirates!
-Alaska counts miles, including elite qualifying miles, from all of the airlines mentioned and bonus earnings are also applied to miles transferred based on your status with Alaska Air. -Alaska status is recognized by many of the airline partners especially Delta and American(not sure about Emirates, or how KLM treats Alaska status on KLM flights booked through Delta). -Alaska is supposed to be a great airline to fly in the western US, but you never have to actually fly with them to qualify. -As with other airlines, you can boost your recognized status and miles with Alaska's credit card.
I'd really love to hear from someone who is doing this. Potential pitfalls? Too good to be true?
I have been flying and using AK. Air mileage plan for years and enjoy their service and benefits. I plan on using KLM for the same reasons as you mentioned except they DO NOT use miles purchased on your credit card for Elite Status qualifying - Only actual miles traveled. That being said they have a great program.
Alaska Airlines & Singapore Airlines have just announced a new frequent flyer partnership and codeshare agreement.
Alaska Mileage Plan and Singapore KrisFlyer will offer reciprocal mileage earning as of September 27, 2017. Furthermore, the two airlines will offer reciprocal mileage redemptions as of a later date.
The ability to earn Alaska Mileage Plan miles for travel on Singapore is a fantastic benefit. This is an exciting development for me since I will be looking to do a mileage redemption for First class award travel on SQ and sample their enclosed suites.
Currently. Alaska Mileage Plan has lucrative redemption rates (especially First class on CX,JL,QF FOR 70k miles oneway) and they allow stopovers even on one-way awards .These airline have excellent F products such as lie flat beds,lounges.on board service,food,wines. Emirates awards are not as great as they used to be when it used to cost 100k for a First class ONEWAY award US-ASIA.Today it will cost you 180k.