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The Delta – Alaska Airlines partnership ends on May 1, 2017. Time to take care of last-minute housekeeping.
(sidebar: I write this while en route Seattle – New York JFK on Delta. Just when Seattle becomes part of my regular travels, the split takes effect. Grumble.)
- Flight booked before 12/19/16 can still reciprocally earn miles
- Flights booked from 12/19/16 will not reciprocally earn miles
Where to Earn:
- Decide where to credit Delta flights if you are an Alaska flyer (Delta SkyMiles, Air France Flying Blue, etc)
- Decide where to credit Alaska flights if you are a Delta flyer (Alaska Mileage Plan, American AAdvantage, etc)
- If you have elite status, get any advance benefits like preferential seat assignment locked in by 4/30/17
- Update frequent flyer numbers on existing reservations
Last Minute Awards:
- You can still redeem awards through 4/30/17 for travel as far as the respective booking calendars allow
- Delta awards on Alaska are subject to the new, increased partner pricing (e.g. 15k/30k economy/first for US domestic)
- I have not seen definitive proof of how changes to existing awards on the other airline will be handled from 5/1/17, presumably you will only be able to keep as is, change to the home airline, or cancel
- Delta and Alaska will continue to interline for through-ticketing and checking baggage
- In irregular operations you should still be able to get the airlines to rebook on the other, if you are persuasive
Readers, what are your last minute Delta-Alaska plans?