Europe with Alaska Airlines Miles

Travel to Europe with Alaska Airlines Miles I am a fan of Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan program.  It helps that I live in Seattle (Alaska’s base).  95% of my domestic flights are on Alaska.  Many other miles folks agree that Alaska is one of (if not the) best airline loyalty program.  With that said, redeeming miles for … Read more

Alaska Airlines “fly nice” ad campaign

Alaska Airlines “fly nice” ad campaign It seems that the Battle for Seattle between Alaska and Delta is heating up.  There is a new Alaska Airlines “fly nice” ad campaign running in the new Capitol Hill light rail station in Seattle.  This comes on the heels of a minor kerfuffle this past week over the … Read more

Mileage Run to Copenhagen: Part 2 – CPH-AMS-SLC-SEA

Mileage Run to Copenhagen Introduction Part 1: SEA-BUR-SEA-CDG-CPH Holiday Inn Burbank-Media City 24 Hours in Copenhagen Hilton Copenhagen Airport Part 2: CPH-AMS-SLC-SEA Aviator Lounge CPH Aspire Lounge (41) AMS Delta Sky Club SLC CPH-AMS – KLM 737-700 Seat 9C My flight out of Copenhagen was at 6:00am so not much was open in the CPH … Read more

Weekend in Istanbul – Part 1: Air France 777 Business Class

Weekend in Istanbul – Part 1: Air France 777 Business Class Weekend in Istanbul – Part 2: What to See Grand Hyatt Istanbul – Hotel Review Hyatt Regency Istanbul – Hotel Review Back in March, Air France had a limited sale on flights from Houston to Istanbul in Premium Economy class.  A friend and I … Read more

Changes in Alaska Mileage accrual with Partner Airlines

KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines | McDonnell Douglas MD-11 | PH-KCA | "Amy Johnson" | Toronto Pearson Street Festival

In just a few days, there have been some big changes in Alaska mileage accrual with partner airlines.  It’s all bad news unless you are paying for premium classes.  The changes (so far) are on British, Air France, and KLM.  Earning was also drastically reduced on Delta earlier this year.

For all three airlines (BA/AF/KL) you now only earn 25% of actual miles flown for the lowest fares.  The most expensive Economy tickets do still earn you actual miles flown.  You also still earn bonus miles based on your status with Alaska, but those bonuses are based on earned (not actual flown) miles and do not count towards elite status.  A few of the fare classes that formerly earned zero miles now do earn you miles, so that is one positive change I suppose.

The scene is much better in the top tier tickets.  

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