Flyertalker (and Alaska employee) missydarlin shared the news that Alaska will not book Air France awards to Asia after August 31st. (Air France awards to Europe remain possible, as well as awards to Tahiti since those are booked via Los Angeles.)
Combined with this week’s news that Alaska will no longer book British Airways awards to Australia, clearly the changes are being driven by Alaska Airlines rather than their partners, and it’s a cost issue.
As with the British Airways news, the change won’t affect a whole lot of people, most Alaska members are on the U.S. West Coast and traveling to Asia or Australia via Europe is truly ‘the long way’ and of interest to only a few folks who really enjoy flying for flying’s sake. But for me they are sad losses.