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Aer Lingus has been nicely growing their US route network the past several years. Since 2016 the airline has added flights to Hartford, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, and Philadelphia. On top of that, starting in May Aer Lingus will add flights to Seattle, which will be their third west coast destination. When you consider that the airline has a fairly small longhaul fleet, that’s some pretty impressive growth, in my opinion.
When Aer Lingus announced that they’d add flights to Seattle, I said that I thought it was very likely that they’d introduce a partnership with Alaska Mileage Plan. That has now been confirmed. The Seattle Times reports that Alaska and Aer Lingus will announce a formal partnership before Aer Lingus add flights to Seattle in May 2018. The article specifically mentions that this will include a reciprocal frequent flyer arrangement, which would allow Alaska Mileage Plan members to earn and redeem miles on Aer Lingus.
Neither airline has made a formal announcement yet, so we don’t know exactly what the mileage earning and redemption rates will look like.
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