- Jul 23, 2018
I believe there is a big announcement coming from Alaska Airlines tomorrow which could have significant implications for its frequent flyer program and what you can do with it.
According to Alaskan, these partnerships are all staying (at least for now).I guess my big question is what will happen with their special alliances with Singapore Airlines and Condor? When I'm looking for flights from US to Asia, the best availablity is on Singapore if you want to go in premium class. If they lose Singapore there will be nothing as American is their usual useless self, not releasing seats in Business or First. Even looking for seats in July to Hong Kong AA is up to their usual tricks with only seats in economy available.
Our 16 Global Partners are very valuable and we’ll keep them as long as they continue to provide a unique value to our guests.
How so? AA used to fly Chicago to Delhi and it counted as flying via Europe, just like the EU/ME-AU flights count as flying via Asia.I imagine SEA>BLR could confuse a RTW ticket a bit.
Seattle-Bangalore doesn't go anywhere near Europe, though. (I suppose that won't stop Oneworld from listing it as being via Europe in the Oneworld Explorer fare rules.)How so? AA used to fly Chicago to Delhi and it counted as flying via Europe, just like the EU/ME-AU flights count as flying via Asia.
Reminds me a little bit of VA.AS joining oneworld is surprising, having partnerships of some sort with everyone, saying repeatedly for ages that they wouldn't join any alliance and reducing their partnership with AA over the last few years.
ORD-DEL did get somewhat closer to Europe but the rules existed specifically.Seattle-Bangalore doesn't go anywhere near Europe
... and then full included in the rules:cxagents.com said:Please be informed that ONEWORLD Fare Conditions revised
with IMMEDIATE effect 01JUN06:
A. ONEWORLD EXPLORER FARE
PARAGRAPH 4 - ADD POINT K FOR DEL-ORD TRAVEL
PARAGRAPH K - NONSTOP TRAVEL BETWEEN DEL AND CHI-ORD-
IS PERMITTED. FOR TRAVEL EX ASIA/NORTH
AMERICA - WHEN THIS SERVICE IS UTILISED
A MINIMUM OF A 3 CONTINENTS FARE MUST
BE CHARGED. E.G. HKG CX DEL AA ORD AA
JFK CX HKG ROUTING PERMITTED USING
3 CONTINENT FARE, THIS IS DUE TO
DEL-CHI OPERATES ATLANTIC ROUTE.
4. FLIGHT APPLICATION/ROUTINGS ... (m) Nonstop transatlanticTravel on AA between DEL and ORD is permitted. For travel ex South America/South West Pacific – when this service is utilised a minimum of a 4 Continent Fare must be charged. For travel ex North America/Asia – when this service is utilised a minimum of a 3 continent fare must be charged.
Bangalore is an IT hub, I think, if so definitely a good reason to connect the two cities.The announcement that American Airlines will launch a direct flight from Seattle to Bangalore is also fascinating - seems random, but according to AA, BLR has lots of corporate traffic and flying from SEA means their 787s have the range to fly there non-stop.
I'd expect or hope that they would continue ... just like QF and LATAM after LATAM leaves OW.