American Airlines and Alaska Airlines are expanding their long-standing relationship by offering additional reciprocal benefits to elite-status members of American's AAdvantage Program and Alaska...

American Airlines and Alaska Airlines are expanding their long-standing relationship by offering additional reciprocal benefits to elite-status members of American’s AAdvantage Program and Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan.

Under the new agreement, all American Airlines AAdvantage elite-status members will be eligible for priority check-in and boarding as well as two checked bags at no charge (within current weight and size limitations) when traveling on Alaska Airlines. In addition, AAdvantage Executive Platinum and AAdvantage Platinum members will have access to exclusive security screening lanes (where available) and preferred seating on Alaska Airlines.


American Airlines expects to have a total of 195 Boeing 737-800s in its single-aisle fleet by the end of 2012. Between 2009 and July 2010 the airline ordered 119 of the type

Similarly, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan MVP, Gold and Gold 75K members will be able to enjoy American’s PriorityAAccess benefits, including priority check-in and boarding, and access to exclusive security screening lanes (where available) when traveling on American Airlines. In addition, they will be eligible to check two bags at no charge (within current weight and size limitations) and receive complimentary access to Preferred Plus Seats and Preferred Seats.

Already, members of each airline’s frequent-flier program can earn miles that count toward qualifying for elite status when traveling on the other carrier’s flights.

To mark the new benefits for the carriers’ elite status members, the airlines will launch a sweepstakes promotion that will allow each airline’s customers to win AAdvantage miles or Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles to take them on the vacation of their dreams.  Details are available at aa.com/celebratealaska and alaskaair.com.

Alaska Airlines painted this Boeing 737-800 in a special retro 'Starliner' livery similar to the airline's colors in the 1940s to celebrate Alaska Airlines' 75th anniversary, and named the aircraft 'Starliner 75'

“This agreement opens new doors for our AAdvantage elite status members to enjoy the benefits of their status when they travel on Alaska Airlines,” says Maya Leibman, president of the AAdvantage loyalty program. “Alaska Airlines’ strong presence along the entire West Coast and its service to our cornerstone hubs in Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth make for fantastic new additions to our elite offering.”

“Alaska Airlines’ most loyal customers will enjoy additional elite benefits when flying on our long-standing partner American Airlines,” says Caroline Boren, Alaska Airlines’ managing director of loyalty marketing and customer advocacy. “From free checked bags to access to preferred seating, elite travelers on either carrier will have an enhanced experience at the airport and in the air.”

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