How to Earn Miles on 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

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Million Mile Secrets reader Kathy Hart emails with a question:

I read that if I fly 1 airline, I can credit miles to another.  Is that accurate?  If so, how do I do that?  I would like to fly Alaska Airlines soon–I’ve never flown them and would rather earn miles on an airline I fly.

How To Earn Miles On 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

Kathy Can Earn Miles on 11 Airlines When She Flies on Alaska Airlines

Kathy wants to know if she can earn miles on another airline when she flies on Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Airlines has 14 partner airlines which Kathy can earn Alaska Airlines miles on when flying a partner airline.  But if Kathy rarely flies on Alaska Airlines, she might be better off earning miles on another airline.

Kathy can credit her Alaska Airlines flights to 11 airline partners.  So Kathy should credit her flights to 1 of the partner airlines that she flies a lot and earn miles on American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, LAN, Qantas, etc.

11 Airlines You Can Earn Miles By Flying Alaska Airlines

1.   American Airlines

Link:   Earn American Airlines Miles on Alaska Airlines Mileage Chart

Because Alaska Airlines is a partner with American Airlines, Kathy can earn American Airlines miles when flying on a paid Alaska Airlines operated flight or an American Airlines codeshared Alaska Airlines flight. She’ll earn 1 American Airlines mile for every Alaska Airlines mile flown.  So if Kathy flies from New Jersey to Seattle on Alaska Airlines she can credit the miles to American Airlines.

How To Earn Miles On 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

Kathy Earns 4,794 American Airlines Miles When She Flies From New Jersey to Seattle on Alaska Airlines

And Kathy can earn American Airlines elite qualifying miles and points flying on Alaska Airlines.

How To Earn Miles On 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

Kathy Earns American Airlines Elite Qualifying Miles and Points Flying on Alaska Airlines

2.   British Airways

Link:   Earn British Airways Avios Points on Alaska Airlines Mileage Chart

Kathy can earn 1 British Airways Avios point for every mile flown on a paid Alaska Airlines operated coach flight.  She’ll earn 1.5 British Airways Avios points for First Class flights on Alaska Airlines.  But the British Airways Avios points earned on Alaska Airlines flights won’t count towards elite status on British Airways.

How To Earn Miles On 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

Kathy Will Earn British Airways Avios Points on All Alaska Airlines Flights

3.   Delta Airlines

Link:   Earn Delta Airlines Miles on Alaska Airlines Mileage Chart

Through December 31, 2014, Kathy can earn Delta Airline miles when she flies on Alaska Airlines.  For every mile she flies on a paid Alaska Airlines flight, she’ll earn 1 Delta Airlines mile.  And the Delta miles will count towards Delta elite status.

How To Earn Miles On 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

Kathy Can Earn Delta Airlines Miles When You Fly on Alaska Airlines

4.   AeroMexico

Link:   Earn AeroMexico Miles on Alaska Airlines

Kathy earns AeroMexico kilometers when she flies on a paid codeshared Alaska Airlines flight.  She’ll earn 1 AeroMexico kilometer for every Alaska Airlines mile flown or a minimum of 800 AeroMexico kilometer (whichever is greater).  But these kilometers do NOT count towards AeroMexico elite status.

How To Earn Miles On 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

Kathy Will Earn AeroMexico Miles Flying on Alaska Airlines to Los Cabos

5.   Air France

Link:   Earn Air France Miles on Alaska Airlines

Kathy will earn Air France miles when she flies on a paid Alaska Airlines operated flight.  But she will NOT earn Air France elite qualifying miles.

How To Earn Miles On 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

When She Flies on Alaska Airlines, Kathy Can Earn Air France Miles

6.   Cathay Pacific

 Link:   Earn Cathay Pacific Miles on Alaska Airlines

As an airline partner, Kathy can earn Cathay Pacific miles when flying on a paid Alaska Airlines operated flight.  She’ll earn 1 Cathay Pacific mile for every Alaska Airlines mile flown in coach and 1.5 Cathay Pacific miles for every Alaska Airlines mile flown in First Class.  The Cathay Pacific website doesn’t say whether Cathay Pacific miles earned flying on Alaska Airlines count towards elite status on Cathay Pacific.

How To Earn Miles On 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

Kathy Earns Cathay Pacific Miles When She Flies Alaska Airlines

7.   Emirates

Link:   Earn Emirates Miles on Alaska Airlines

Kathy can earn Emirates miles when she flies on paid Alaska Airlines flights.  She will earn .5 Emirates miles flying on paid Alaska Airlines coach flights booked in V, K, U, Q, and L class.  But she will not earn Emirates miles if she books a flight in G and T class which are the cheapest coach fares.

Kathy will earn 1 Emirates mile on Alaska Airlines tickets booked in Y, S, B, M, and H which are the more expensive, but refundable coach tickets.  And she will earn 1.5 Emirates miles when she flies First Class on Alaska Airlines.

However, the Emirates miles that Kathy earns from flying on Alaska Airlines will NOT count towards Emirates elite status.

How To Earn Miles On 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

The Number of Emirates Miles Kathy Earns Depends on the Ticket Fare Class

8.   KLM

Link:   Earn KLM Miles on Alaska Airlines

Kathy will earn KLM miles when she flies on a paid Alaska Airlines operated flight.  She will earn 1 KLM mile on all paid coach Alaska Airlines operated flights and 1.5 KLM miles on paid First Class Alaska Airlines flights.  But those miles will NOT count toward KLM elite status.

How To Earn Miles On 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

Kathy Can Earn KLM Miles Flying Alaska Airlines to Maui

9.   Korean Air Miles

Link:   Earn Korean Air Miles on Alaska Airlines

When Kathy flies on Alaska Airlines she can earn Korean Air miles. She’ll earn 1 Korean Air mile for every paid coach Alaska Airlines ticket, except for the cheapest G fare tickets which earn 0.5 Korean Air miles. And she’ll earn 1.5 Korean Air miles for every paid First Class Alaska Airlines ticket.  The Korean Air website doesn’t say if the Korean Air miles flown on Alaska Airlines flights count towards Korean Air elite status.

How To Earn Miles On 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

Kathy Earns Between 0.5 to 1.5 Korean Air Miles Flying on Alaska Airlines

10.   LAN

 Link:   Earn LAN Miles on Alaska Airlines

Kathy earns 1 LAN kilometer for every mile she flies on a paid Alaska Airlines operated coach flight.  And she’ll earn 1.5 LAN kilometers for every mile flown on a paid First Class flight on Alaska Airlines.  Kathy’s LAN kilometer flown on Alaska Airlines will earn LAN elite status.

How To Earn Miles On 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

Kathy Can Earn LAN Miles When She Flies on Alaska Airlines

11.   Qantas

Link:   Earn Qantas Points on Alaska Airlines Through June 30, 2014

Link:   Earn Qantas Points on Alaska Airlines After July 1, 2014

Through June 30, 2014, Kathy will earn 1 Qantas point for every Alaska Airlines mile she flies.  On July 1, 2014, Kathy will earn Qantas points based on the distance she flies.  These Qantas points will count towards elite status with Qantas.  

How To Earn Miles On 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

Starting July 1, 2014, Kathy Will Earn Qantas Points Flying Alaska Airlines Based on Distance

Adding Another Airline Frequent Flyer Number to an Alaska Airlines Booking

After Kathy books her Alaska Airlines flight, she can add her frequent flyer number to her Alaska Airlines reservation.

Step 1 – Find Your Reservation

From the Alaska Airlines website, Kathy clicks on “Find a Reservation/Ticket.”

Step 1 - Click on "Find a Reservation/Ticket"

Step 1 – Click on “Find a Reservation/Ticket”

Step 2 – Enter Your Last Name & Confirmation Code

Kathy enters her last name and confirmation code and clicks “Continue.”

Step 2 - Enter Your Last Name and Confirmation Code

Step 2 – Enter Your Last Name and Confirmation Code

Step 3 – Add Your Frequent Flyer Number

She can then add her frequent flyer number to her reservation.

Note:  Although the image below shows Icelandair, it is no longer an Alaska Airlines partner airline.

Step 3 - Add Your Frequent Flyer Number

Step 3 – Add Your Frequent Flyer Number

If Kathy forgets to add her frequent flyer number, she won’t earn any miles.

How to Get Alaska Airlines Miles

Kathy doesn’t fly Alaska Airlines often, so she may not earn enough Alaska Airlines miles for a free flight.  So it could be better to credit her flight to another airline.

She can also transfer Starwood points to Alaska Airlines at a 1:1 ratio.  For every 20,000 Starwood points she transfers, she gets a 5,000 point bonus.  So 20,000 Starwood points transferred to Alaska Airlines becomes 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles, which is enough for a round-trip domestic ticket on American Airlines and Delta Airlines.

Bottom Line

Kathy can earn American Airlines and Delta Airlines miles when flying on Alaska Airlines.

Kathy can also use Alaska Airlines miles on American Airlines and Delta Airlines.

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7 Responses to How to Earn Miles on 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

  1. Just an FYI, I’ve been crediting miles Alaska Airlines. They allow a stopover on a one-way award ticket. You can fly (only on their metal) EWR/SEA (New York/Seattle) – stop for a few days – then continue SEA/any city in the state of Alaska.

    On short hops within the state of Alaska, they offer reduced mileage awards.

  2. gregillinois

    We booked our economy alaska flight 3 months ago for late July using the Air Alaska miles #. We really need AA miles not Alaska. In your example should I have listed AA way back when reserving as I did not notice that option? I assume I can not change now? thanks

  3. Thanks for this resource, definitely helpful. Do you know whether it is possible to do the same thing with Virgin Australia? I’m going to OZ in Jan and will be flying several internal flights along with a flight to and from Fiji during my trip. All flights will be on Virgin Australia and I’d really like for the miles I’m earning to be of value.

    Thanks for any insight you might be able to offer.

    BP

  4. @dhammer53 – Those are all very good points to consider crediting to Alaska Air!

    @ gregillinois – You can still change the frequent flyer account and credit the flight to earn American Airlines account.

    @BP – Here are a list of Birgin Australia’s partners.

  5. Is it possible to credit miles for a flight that you book for someone else to your account, if it is a partner airline, and not the airline that the actual flight is on? I booked 2 flights for some family to Hawaii on HA and would really like to credit those miles to my AA account!

  6. @phil – You can’t credit to your account if your name is not on the ticket!

  7. I actually prefer collecting the miles on Alaska. I can fly whoever is the cheapest Delta or American without committing to one airline or the other to build points in their program. Conversely, when it’s time to redeem points I have great options. I’ve also reached Gold in Alaska which gives me the same status on both American and Delta. I truly get the best of all worlds.

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