Air Travel Airlines Alaska Airlines Will Officially Join the Oneworld Alliance The airline has received a formal invitation to join the consortium Written by Stefanie Waldek Instagram Twitter Stefanie Waldek is a Brooklyn-based travel writer with over six years of experience. She covers various destinations, hotels, and travel products for TripSavvy. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Stefanie Waldek Updated 07/27/20 04:48PM EDT Share Pin Email Bruce Bennett / Getty Images Alaska Airlines is one step closer to becoming a formal member of the Oneworld alliance, receiving an official invitation from the aviation consortium to join its ranks on Thursday. Oneworld currently has 13 member airlines including American Airlines, British Airways, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Qantas, among others. Over the past several years, Alaska—long a dominant airline in the West Coast market—has grown to become a major national player. Its first industry-shaking move was acquiring Virgin America in 2016. In February 2020, the airline simultaneously announced a codesharing partnership with American (a Oneworld founding member) that provided shared benefits for members of both airlines’ loyalty programs, as well as its intention to join Oneworld by 2021. The formal invitation from Oneworld moves that process forward, officially deeming Alaska a Oneworld member-elect. The airline is now on track to join the alliance within six to 12 months, provided it meets all the membership criteria and can come to agreements with the 13 current member airlines. “We are delighted to welcome Alaska Airlines into Oneworld,” said Alan Joyce, Oneworld Governing Board Chairman and Qantas Group CEO, in a statement. “With its strong position in the U.S. West Coast and its partnership with American Airlines, Alaska Airlines will be a great asset to Oneworld, positioning us to deliver even more value to our member airlines and customers.” When Alaska officially becomes a Oneworld member, passengers flying on the airline will be able to easily book flights to any destination within the alliance’s global network. Its membership will also add 34 new destinations in the western U.S. to that global network. Benefits will also increase greatly for Alaska’s Mileage Plan members: travelers with elite status on the airline will now have access to more than 650 airport lounges around the world, plus reciprocal earning and spending when it comes to frequent flyer miles. “Oneworld will open up a tremendous international network for our business and leisure travelers when they’re ready to start flying overseas again, in addition to greater connectivity around the U.S. through our network for international visitors,” said Brad Tilden, chairman and CEO of Alaska Airlines, in a statement. “We’re eager to build deeper ties with the six Oneworld members we already cooperate with, and looking forward to working with new partners that are some of the best airlines in the world." Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit The Benefits of the Oneworld Alliance Airline Program Here's How to Fly (Almost) For Free on Top US Airlines The Six Biggest U.S. Airlines Lost a Combined $34 Billion in 2020 Will I Need a COVID-19 Vaccine to Travel? Airlines Say "Maybe" What You Need to Know About Malaysia Airlines' Frequent Flyer Program This Company Plans to Fly Anywhere in the World in Four Hours—for Only $100 It Just Got Much Easier to Fly to South Africa We explain what Alaska Air buying Virgin America means for travelers Qantas Moves to Cancel All International Flights until July 2021 Plan the Ultimate Scuba Diving Trip With This Guide How the U.S. National Park Service Prioritized Nature Over Indigenous People What Is a Known Traveler Number, and What Do You Do With One? This Airline Just Vaccinated 100 Percent of Its Cabin Crew These Cruise Lines Will Require COVID-19 Vaccines To Sail In the Aviation Industry, the LGBTQ+ Experience Just Keeps Getting Better A Boeing list shows which planes are the world's safest.