Elite benefit reciprocity to be announced between Alaska Mileage Plan and American AAdvantage next week

According to JonNYC over at TravelingBetter (who’s literally always right), the following benefits will be announced late next week for American AAdvantage elite members flying on Alaska Airlines:

Priority Check-in and Boarding – Gold, Platinum & Executive Platinum

Express Security Line – Platinum & Executive Platinum

Preferred Seating – Platinum & Executive Platinum

Bag Fee Waiver – Gold, Platinum & Executive Platinum

Apparently Alaska elites will have similar benefits when flying on American. I wish there were upgrade reciprocity, but I guess since American doesn’t give their own elites complimentary upgrades (with the exception of Executive Platinum members) that won’t be happening anytime soon. Regardless, more reciprocity with elite benefits is always a great thing.


  1. Sounds like a quiet step toward the next airline merger. Delta+ Northwest, United+ Continental, American + Alaska?

  2. Alaska is already aligned with DL in terms of Elite reciprocity so this muddies the picture in terms of a possible future merger…

  3. It’s nice to see that this is now “official,” but as an AA elite I’ve been getting Alaska priority check-in, express security, and preferred seating for years.

    What’s *really* nice about this is the waived check baggage fee. That one has been a real pain in the ass, especially when you purchase an AA marketed flight on AS metal and get charged the fee.

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