Alaska Airlines and Delta terminate partnership

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) Alaska Airlines and Delta are calling it quits after about eight years.

On Monday, the two air carriers, who originally partnered in 2008, announced that as of May 1, 2017, that partnership will be coming to an end.

Alaska TravelGram author Scott McMurren says the turf war between the two airlines started a few years ago when Delta planted their flag in Seattle, one of the worlds fastest growing airports.

"When the airlines are mad at each other the traveler wins," said McMurren. "So if I'm a traveler in Alaska, I would get down on my knees and say a Christmas prayer that the vicious and vitriolic battle continues through 2017 so we can enjoy some great airline prices."

Although the turf war has and will likely continue to benefit travelers flying in and out of Alaska, the announcement of today's split means the end of their frequent-flier and codeshare partnerships.

For Alaska Airlines mileage plan members and Delta SkyMiles members, as of the end of April, that means you will not longer be able to use and build up miles on the other carrier. It also means Alaska Airlines passengers will now rely on American Airlines as their domestic global network carrier.

"You won't get the miles and the flights are less convenient," McMurren said. "So you land in Seattle and you have to go through American's hub, which are Seattle to Chicago or Seattle to Dallas."

The partnership and all benefits between Alaska Airlines and Delta will continue through April 30, 2017.