Monday, December 19, 2016

Alaska's Codeshare Agreement With Delta Has Been Axed

Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines have formally ended their codeshare partnership. April 30 2017 will be the last day the DL code will appear on Alaska flights and the AS code will appear on Delta flights. 

On May 1 2017 Alaska frequent flyer members will no longer be able to earn and redeem miles when flying on Delta. The same goes for Delta SkyMiles members flying on Alaska Airlines. 

The move was widely expected due to Delta's recent encroachment onto Alaska's home turf in Seattle. Delta has built a sizeable international hub at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport having more than tripled the number of flights the airline offers from Sea/Tac in the past three years, even in the face of intense competition from Alaska.  

In recent years the two carriers had become competitors rather than allies. This led to a significant reduction in flights that the two airlines shared codes on. In response, Alaska bolstered its codeshare agreement with American Airlines.   

The elimination of Alaska's codeshare partnership with Delta marks another change in direction for Alaska Airlines after its $2.6 billion merger with Virgin America was approved by the DOJ last week.

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