Japan Airlines and Alaska Airlines Grow Codeshare Network
Just as it seems that Alaska loses a partner, another one pops up with news of an expansion of their relationship. JAL (Japan Airlines) and Alaska Airlines have agreed to increase their codeshare network, now allowing customer who fly on JAL to chance to connect on to other points in the USA.
As you can see below, JAL already serves West Coast routes from to Vancouver (YVR), San Francisco (SFO), San Diego (SAN) and Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo’s Narita (NRT), Haneda (HND) and Kansai Osaka (KIX).
The new JAL codeshares will allow customers flying to connect onwards to connections in Denver, Austin, Newark, Las Vegas, and Newark out of their LA and SFO hubs.
Since the merger complete with Virgin, Alaska has been able to grow, offering new flights and new connection opportunities out of all the major West Coast cities, solidifying themselves as the “West Coast Airline.”
Earning on JAL
It’s no secret that Alaska Airlines offers more miles earned per flight than any other airline out there in the USA. Decided to buck the trend of going revenue based, at Alaska, 1 mile flown is 1 mile earned. The benefit is obvious when flying domestic, but when flying internationally on their partners, the bonuses add up.
While only the full fare economy tickets earn 100% mileage, flying business or first class can really add on some bonus miles.
Flying domestically on F class inside Japan earns 150% towards Alaska Status and 350% redeemable. Add your MVP bonuses to that and you’re earning a potential of 475% mileage on flights.
Internationally it’s even better. All business class fares earn a minimum of 170% with the majority earning 225%. Adding your MVP status bonuses gets you up to between 295% and 350%.
First class internationally is the same as domestically with between a 350% and 475% earning on redeemable miles for a paid first class ticket.
Connecting on Alaska
If you are going to book a connecting flight on Alaska (with a JAL codeshare) don’t expect to earn those big bonuses on Alaska’s plane. You’ll earn at the normal rates and get the bonuses once you set food on the JAL metal.
Has anyone flown JAL and credited to Alaska? Are you looking forward to redeeming your Alaska miles to fly on JAL? Let us know below!