Emirates has teamed up with Alaska Airlines prior to its commencement of Seattle operations. Emirates and Alaska Airlines have launched frequent flier partnership that is set to be beneficial for passengers of both airlines.

Emirates and Alaska Airlines have announced the launch of a new frequent flier program partnership.

The partnership between these two major carriers will allow the travellers to accrue Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles when they travel to any of Emirates 118 destinations all over the globe. One of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, Emiratesprovides a widespread network of flight services within the Middle East region as well as to Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Australasia, North America, Europe and South America.

The deal will also ensure that Emirates Skywards members can accrue miles across the Alaska Airlines network in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

“As part of our commitment to Seattle, we are launching our service by partnering with Seattle’s hometown airline to offer customers the convenience of a frequent flier partnership as well as one-stop check-in and through checked baggage,” Nigel Page, Emirates Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations for the Americas, was quoted in news reports floating around the Internet.

“Emirates looks forward to welcoming Alaska Airlines customers with our affordably luxurious service both on the ground and in the air,” he continued.

Under this newly launched business partnership, passengers travelling between any points on Alaska Airlines and Emirates networks will have the privilege to check in for their flights at either airline’s counter, collect their boarding passes and check their luggage to their final destination.

Caroline Boren, Alaska’s Managing Director, Loyalty Marketing and Customer Advocacy, welcomed Emirates and spoke of the deal’s benefit for the passengers.

“Alaska Airlines is delighted to welcome Emirates as our newest Mileage Plan partner,” she said.

“Our customers will be able to earn and redeem miles on Emirates — a carrier admired for its service and quality and with a route network that gives our members even more access to global destinations,” Caroline Boren was further quoted.

Air miles accrued with Emirates will add up toward qualification for Alaska’s MVP elite level program. Starting March 1 through May 31, 2012, the two airlines will be offering double miles on each others flights to celebrate this new deal. Travellers with enough frequent flyer miles can hope to redeem them for rewards that can range from cheap flight tickets to travel class upgradation.

Emirates to Serve Seattle

From March 1, 2012, Emirates will be offering a daily nonstop flight to Dubai from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The airline will use a B777-300ER on the route. With the launch of new flights to Dubai from Seattle, the American city will join the airline’s current U.S. gateways in New York,San FranciscoLos Angeles, Houston and most recently, Dallas/Fort Worth.

Alaska Airlines to Increase Flights from Portland

Domestic travellers in the USA as well as international travellers on US holidays have some more reason to cheer. Alaska Airlines has announced that it will boost its flight services this summer from Portland, Ore., to Santa Barbara, Calif.; Bellingham, Wash.; and several cities in Montana. The chances of getting hands around relatively cheap flights tickets on domestic routes just might swell for the passengers with the increase in operations.

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