Alaska Airlines will enter the Oneworld Alliance not until 2021

Johanna Koyser
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Since the beginning of the year, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines has been eyeing the possibility of joining the Oneworld Alliance. As with Star Alliance, the primary benefits of membership in the global aviation alliance are primarily code sharing and interlining. Thus, Alaska Airlines had set itself the goal of becoming part of an alliance and received an invitation last July. Since then, the airline has been a “Oneworld member-elect”, but the full admission is still a long way off.

Originally, Alaska Airlines had planned to join at the end of this year. But now, it has been announced that the airline will probably join the Oneworld Alliance at the beginning of 2021 at the earliest. How could this postponement of the date come about? If you put it simply, you could say that Alaska Airlines imagined the process to be simpler than in reality. After all, in order to technically connect the systems with those of the other members, the current processes have to be converted. For example, think of the complexity of booking systems. This is not a job that takes just a few hours, but has to be planned and implemented in detail. After all, one wants to be able to continue to accept bookings parallel to the conversion without the system collapsing.

So even if it takes a little longer than expected for Alaska Airlines to become part of the Oneworld Alliance, the wait will be rewarded. In the future, passengers who have previously only earned miles with Alaska Airlines will be able to combine them smoothly with those of other members. These include American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas Airways and Iberia.

Picture © Avel Chuklanov

by Johanna Koyser

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