Looking to credit delta flights to Alaska airlines? not so fast

Not sure if you all know but Alaska Airlines has one of the best frequent flier programs . They allow one way stopovers on international tickets booked with miles so you can almost get double value for your miles and most of their redemption are of much lower value then competition. Alaska is unique for the fact they allow you to credit flights from american airlines and delta so you don’t actually have to become a member of their frequent flyer programs should you wish . For example look below at emirates

Class of Service Region One-Way
Award Level
Round-Trip
Award Level
Economy Between North America and Europe 47,500 95,000
Business Between North America and Europe 75,000 150,000
First Between North America and Europe 100,000 200,000

You can have a free stop over a one way on the way to Europe in Dubai . That’s pretty good value i would say however,

If you were looking to credit all of your flights to Alaska airways then you might be in for a rude awakening as earnings on delta have changed.

“For Flights Taken on or After January 1, 2015:

Economy Cabin:
Earn 25% actual flight miles* flown in E class of service;
Earn 50% actual flight miles* flown in L, U, T, X, V class of service;
Earn 75% actual flight miles* flown in H, Q, K class of service;
Earn actual flight miles* flown in B, M, S class of service;
Earn actual flight miles* flown in Y class of service, plus 25% Bonus Miles

Business Elite (Business Class) Cabin:
Earn actual flight miles* flown in Z class of service, plus 25% Bonus Miles;
Earn actual flight miles* flown in D, I class of service, plus 50% Bonus Miles;
Earn actual flight miles* flown in J, C class of service, plus 75% Bonus Miles;
First Class Cabin:
Earn actual flight miles* flown in G class of service, plus 25% Bonus Miles;
Earn actual flight miles* flown in A class of service, plus 75% Bonus Miles;
Earn actual flight miles* flown in F, P class of service, plus 100% Bonus Miles;”

As you can see from the above chart using delta to credit your flights (the cheap flights) to Alaska will not work! You must think of other ways like perhaps switching to american airlines as i am planning.

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