Alaska Airlines just announced that their Mileage Plan members will now earn elite qualifying miles on all of its international partners (previously, I believe you only earned redeemable miles on nearly all – if not all – international partners). This is a really, really nice enhancement to the program, which I have called the “most underrated frequent flyer plan.” (I love when bloggers quote themselves, as if saying the same thing a few times makes it more true.) Alaska, for those who don’t know, allow you to earn and redeem on Delta and American, making it extremely flexible. Plus they have these additional partners:
I don’t think any program comes close in terms of flexibility of earning and redeeming. In fact, if I weren’t a slave to United, I’d fly American & Delta (I live in NY) and post the miles to Alaska.
In any case, given all of the devaluations recently, it’s great to see a program continue to add value for its members.