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Members of Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan are getting more ways to earn miles, including a new foreign partner carrier in the program — China’s Hainan Airlines.
Effective immediately, Mileage Plan members can earn elite-qualifying miles for flights on Hainan, which has service from Alaska‘s Seattle hub to both Beijing and Shanghai, and recently started San Jose-Beijing operations. Hainan also flies beyond those gateways to a number of cities in China.
From now through October 31, Alaska Mileage Plan members will earn double miles on Hainan flights, if they register for the promotion on Alaska’s website (www.alaskaair.com) by September 30. Members of Hainan’s Fortune Wings Club can also earn miles for flying on Alaska.
Later this year, Alaska said, Mileage Plan members will be able to redeem miles for flights on Hainan, and elite members of both programs will be able to obtain elite benefits on the other carrier.
Meanwhile, the bloggers at onemileatatime note that Mileage Plan members will get more options for earning and spending miles on October 17. That’s the date when American Airlines is planning to merge its reservations system with that of US Airways, transitioning all flights to a single airline — American. And American has a mileage partnership with Alaska.
Although flights currently operated by US Airways do not qualify for mileage earning or redemption in Alaska’s Mileage Plan, the bloggers note, that will no longer be true after October 17, when those operations will become American Airlines flights — even if the livery on the aircraft still says US Airways.
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