Alaska Airlines already partners with members of both SkyTeam and oneworld. Starting next month, the airline will partner with its first Star Alliance carrier: Singapore Airlines. But don’t get your hopes up about an incredible redemption in Singapore’s new Suites Class.
Stating on September 27, 2017 Singapore and Alaska will offer reciprocal mileage earning. That can be quite valuable if you credit your Singapore flights to Alaska since Alaska tends to be quite generous in awarding miles for flying on partner airlines. For example, fly business class and you’ll earn a 25% class of service bonus and an additional 100% bonus. That’s great.
But if you’re thinking you can redeem those Alaska miles for longhaul trips in Singapore business, first, or suites class, think again. Singapore is notoriously stingy in releasing award space to partner airlines and there is no reason to believe the partnership with Alaska will be any different.
You can still find regional business class space fairly easily. You can even find space between Australia and Singapore in business class if you are flexible enough. But longhaul flights? It’s like a needle in a haystack, if even that. That makes the new partnership only theoretically beneficial from redemption standpoint.
The good news is that Singapore economy and premium economy classes are among the best in the business and if you’re okay with that, you’re likely going to find longhaul space.
Even though you may not be able to redeem Alaska miles for premium longhaul travel on Singapore Airlines, Alaska has many other partners that present great redemption opportunities. This is a great new partnership in terms of broadening the ability to earn Alaska points. With each new partner addition, I must take a closer look at the value of giving Alaska Airlines more business.