ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Alaska Airlines announces its new global mileage plan partnership with Condor Airlines, on Monday.
This partnership allows Alaska frequent flier members the ability to travel nonstop and accrual mileage to Europe, starting today.
Previously, Alaska Airlines and Condor Airlines had an “interline agreement,” which allowed the two airlines to connect passengers between carriers, from Europe and North America. However, their earlier agreement excluded the new mileage partnership.
Current Alaska Mileage Plan members can begin earning miles immediately, as they will count towards the plan’s elite status; however, award travel redemption will “begin at a later date,” says Alaska Airlines. Also, the company welcomes Condor travelers to join their mileage plan for free.
Alaska Airlines adds that Virgin America’s Elevate program users will also benefits from the deal, if travelers use their 2017 issued Alaska Mileage Plan number.
In addition to mileage accrual, the partnership will also allow Alaska Airlines travelers, who travel to Frankfurt and Munich by Condor flights, the ability to connect to approximately 75 other destinations across three continents.
"We have enjoyed a longstanding partnership with Alaska Airlines that dates back eight years, prior to our introduction of nonstop Seattle service," said Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor. "As Condor embarks this summer on our largest expansion of new U.S. gateways and routes, we are thrilled to expand our relationship with Alaska Airlines to offer our customers the opportunity to earn miles to all of our 75 destinations around the world."
Condor Airlines already flies nonstop to Frankfurt, Germany “from Seattle; San Diego; Las Vegas, Portland, Oregon, Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia,” but by June, Condor Airlines is expected to add a new service from Seattle to Munich, says Alaska Airlines.
"We are continuing to bolster our international partner portfolio, giving our guests access to more of the globe. Condor provides a key link, with its nonstops from seven Alaska gateways to Europe and beyond," said Andrew Harrison, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Alaska Airlines. "Condor's nonstop flights from Seattle to Germany allow our guests to step on the plane at Sea-Tac and step off in Europe, earning Mileage Plan miles along the way."