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Cut the cake! Alaska Air has been rated the #1 airline by the Wall Street Journal (small business publication–perhaps you’ve heard of it. HA). Also the travel site “AirFareWatchdog” also has identified Alaska Air as the best airline, based on US DOT reports.
Finally, Alaska Air has netted the coveted “Scott McMurren’s top airline” award. That’s a doozy! It’s particularly important since I’m flying Alaska tonight. HAHA
Now travelers can “earn and burn” Alaska Air miles on Condor. I’m a big fan of both airlines, especially in the summertime when Condor flies nonstop from Anchorage/Fairbanks/Whitehorse to Frankfurt (starting May 16, 2017).
RIGHT NOW, you can start earning miles on Alaska. From Anchorage to Frankfurt, it’s 4,660 miles nonstop. Travelers in coach will earn between 50 and 75 percent of actual miles flown. If you fly in Premium Economy, you’ll earn 100 percent of miles flown, plus a 25 percent bonus. Those in Business Class will earn 300 percent of miles flown. I think 2/3 of those miles are “EQM” or elite qualifying miles.
If you already have Condor tickets for travel this summer, call (866)960-7915 and give them your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan number so you get proper credit! UPDATE: The Condor people may not be able to enter your mileage number and they may request that you provide the number at check in. SAVE YOUR BOARDING PASSES in case there is a delay in mileage credit.
The “redeem” feature to use your Alaska miles for Condor flights isn’t quite ready. But you’ll be able to cash in miles for tickets to Frankfurt — and to other destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
North America-Europe 25K-40K in coach (low-medium-high season), 45K in Premium Econ or 55K in Business (each way)
North America-Middle East/N. Africa 35K-50K coach, 55K Prem Econ, 65K Business (ea way)
North America-South Africa 40K-55K coach, 60K Prem Econ, 70K Business (ea way)
Have you ever wanted to go to the Seychelle Islands? The Maldives? Condor flies there. Stay tuned for more info on this new partnership.
By the way, Condor is Alaska’s 19th partner airline, including Icelandair. That means that both of Alaska’s over-the-top airlines now are partners with Alaska Air. That’s good. Very good.