Alaska Airlines didn’t just add online booking for their generous new awards on Japan Airlines. They seem to have updated their allowable awards for travel on Emirates.
- As a general matter, Alaska Airlines doesn’t allow you to book just any partner airline flight you wish.
- They publish prices for travel between specific regions.
- You can have a stopover along the way if you wish. But you cannot book standalone travel between two regions where Alaska doesn’t publish a price. At least that’s how it normally works.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan still does not publish a US-Australia chart for travel on Emirates. However, the AlaskaAir.com website is allowing travel between the US and Australia on Emirates.
The prices are fairly exorbitant:
- Economy at 65,000 miles each way
- Business at 120,000 miles each way
- First at 225,000 miles each way
Back in March Alaska Airlines massively increased the price of Emirates awards without notice. So this is just how Alaska miles work with Emirates these days, orders of magnitude more expensively than on other partner airlines.
So I find this development most interesting either because it’s a glitch or a fluke, because they’ve itinerary pricing but not the website, or because it signals a change in how Alaska will treat travel on its partners going forward not limiting to specific routes. We’ll have to keep watch on this.
There may be some out there that consider this useful, especially since you can book an enroute stopover even on a one-way award. Emirates flies, for instance, New York – Milan – Dubai – Bangkok – Sydney.
Here are New York – Sydney options flying Emirates:
For me, 42 hours between New York and Sydney if no stopover is booked is simply too long.
Even if it involves:
- Multiple onboard showers.
- All the Dom Perignon you can drink.
- And access to an exclusive terminal level in Dubai that’s for first class passengers only.