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Sep 27

Alaska-Iceland Air partnership, and the last days of US Airways

Alaska Air and Iceland Air have danced before, but they’re doing the tango now as they formalized a partnership that begins on October 1. The casual flyer might not be paying much attention to this combination, but it could have some great results for you. In the past, I’ve discussed Alaska as one of the best independent frequent flyer programs, particularly for those who are less concerned with elite status, given its network of partners. And I’ve mentioned Iceland Air as an inexpensive way to Europe, even though it lacked frequent flyer partners. Starting on October 1, Alaska Air members will be able to earn on Iceland Air, meaning that, if you are flying the latter, you can earn miles on the former. Mid-tier and top-tier elite members on Alaska will also have access to Iceland Air’s lounges. And starting on November 1, the airlines will have a code-share, meaning that they can sell tickets as a single itinerary, even if it means that you fly on two different airlines. No word yet on redemptions. You can read all the details here.

Thanks to my friend Jim for the following article about the end of US Airways, as it becomes a part of American Airlines. There’s a lot of history in US Airways, ranging from a few small, regional carriers to America West.

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