We know that Delta plays hardball. They moved to build a Seattle hub and long-time partners Alaska Airlines and Delta quickly became frenemies before finally severing their partnership. Aeromexico, 49% owned by Delta, broke up with Alaska as well.
Delta has a revenue-sharing joint venture with Air France KLM and recently took a 10% equity stake and board seat. Delta has a stake in China Eastern which also took a board seat. And Air France KLM took a stake in Virgin Atlantic, 49% owned by Delta, as well.
So it’s a surprise to absolutely no one that Alaska Airlines and Air France are ending their partnership. It was rumored to be announced this week and now that’s come to fruition.
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Effective April 30th, 2018, the partnership between Air France and Alaska Airlines will end. Our other global partners serve all of the top destinations members have earned miles to in the past with Air France, but we recognize that this change leaves a gap in coverage to some small European destinations. Europe continues to be a key focus area, served by partners including British Airways, Icelandair, Condor, and Finnair, and we’ll continue to evaluate additional partnerships to serve your needs both to and within Europe.
Existing tickets can be credited to Mileage Plan. Otherwise only travel through April 30th will be able to be credited to an Alaska Airlines account.
In recent years Alaska has had largely the same limited inventory of Air France awards made available to other partners (so it’s about as bad as availability offered to SkyMiles members). British Airways is hardly a replacement partner, however, given the fuel surcharges imposed on BA awards. Still, Alaska continues to add partners while carriers like American only seem to lose them.
(HT: One Mile at a Time)