Aer Lingus starts flights to Seattle in May. Seattle is the home base of Alaska Airlines, and the two companies have announced a new partnership agreement to provide feed to each others flights.
This will include reciprocal frequent flyer arrangements.
In reality, this makes little difference for Avios collectors. You can already redeem Avios for flights on Alaska Airlines via British Airways Executive Club as this HFP article explains, albeit you must call. We may see Alaska services being bookable online via avios.com.
The downside is that Alaska Airlines frequent flyers will be in competition with you to snap up Aer Lingus reward seats, but this is unlikely to impact routes outside the US West Coast corridor.
It is unclear how, if at all, this will impact the Aer Lingus partnership with United. It is a little weird that you can earn Avios by crediting a Star Alliance flight on United to Aer Lingus ….
PS. If you read my article earlier in the week about why I didn’t think Avios would be devalued sharply, Alaska is one reason why. If you credit a cheap Club World sale ticket to Alaska Mileage Plan you earn 150% of miles flown so over 16,000 miles for a return to LA. A fully revenue based Avios scheme earning 4 Avios per £1 would earn you just 6,000 Avios if you paid £1,500 for your ticket, even less if taxes were excluded. Mass defection to schemes like Mileage Plan is the last thing BA wants.
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