PHOTO: An Alaska Airlines plane and a Condor Airlines plane (Photo courtesy of Condor Airlines)
WHY IT RATES: Condor Airlines is now partnering up with Alaska Airlines, which is a win for all customers - Eric Bowman, TravelPulse Senior Editor
Alaska Airlines announced Condor Airlines as its newest partner, giving members of its award-winning Mileage Plan more opportunities to earn and use miles on flights to Europe. Condor flies nonstop to Frankfurt, Germany from Seattle; Anchorage; Austin; Baltimore; Calgary; Fairbanks; Halifax; Las Vegas; Minneapolis; New Orleans; Pittsburgh; Portland; San Diego; Toronto; Vancouver and Whitehorse. Starting in May and June, Condor will add new nonstop Seattle-Munich and Las Vegas-Munich service. Alaska travelers arriving on Condor flights to Frankfurt and Munich can connect to more than 75 Condor destinations with easy connections to more than 230 global destinations through partnerships with other carriers.
Alaska is raising the bar to allow Mileage Plan members to travel and earn miles to more than 900 destinations around of the globe through a unique network of international partners. Over the last two years, Alaska Airlines has made several enhancements to its best-in-class Mileage Plan program including three new global partnerships and adding ways to earn miles faster, get elite status sooner and redeem miles for award travel.
“We are continuing to bolster our international partner portfolio, giving our guests access to more of the globe. Condor provides a key link, with its nonstops from seven Alaska gateways to Europe and beyond,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “Condor’s nonstop flights from Seattle to Germany allow our guests to step on the plane at Sea-Tac and step off in Europe, earning Mileage Plan miles along the way.”
Condor travelers can join Mileage Plan for free and earn miles starting today. Existing Alaska Mileage Plan members can also start earning immediately. Miles flown will count toward elite status in Alaska's Mileage Plan. Redemption for award travel will begin at a later date. Members of Virgin America’s Elevate program can earn Alaska Mileage Plan miles on Condor when using the Alaska Mileage Plan number that was issued to them earlier this year.
“We have enjoyed a longstanding partnership with Alaska Airlines that dates back eight years, prior to our introduction of nonstop Seattle service,” said Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor. “As Condor embarks this summer on our largest expansion of new U.S. gateways and routes, we are thrilled to expand our relationship with Alaska Airlines to offer our customers the opportunity to earn miles to all of our 75 destinations around the world.”
Alaska Airlines and Condor have been connecting passengers between the two carriers on flights from Europe and North America, using an airline industry partnership called an "interline agreement", but until now have not had a mileage partnership. With the mileage partnership, travelers on Alaska Airlines and Condor will still be able to connect seamlessly, while also earning miles and exchanging it for award travel in Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan.
The number of travelers flying Condor between North America and Europe has more than doubled in the last three years, with Condor‘s newly introduced trans-Atlantic routes. By summer, Condor will serve 16 cities in North America, including Alaska’s West Coast cities and its newest gateways of New Orleans, San Diego and Pittsburgh.
Condor, Germany’s third largest carrier, is known for its excellent customer service, low fares and modern fleet of Boeing 767-300 aircraft which offer business, premium and economy classes of service. All Condor passengers receive complimentary checked baggage, beverages and meals and in-flight entertainment. Condor’s business class features reclining seats, a personal in-seat, premium touch-screen entertainment system, power and USB ports at every seat and gourmet, five-course meals with complimentary wine, beer and cocktails. Business class passengers also have access to priority check-in and business class lounges at most airports. Premium class features seats with added legroom, leg rests and adjustable headrests, a premium in-flight, in-seat entertainment system with an extended program, USB ports at every seat, premium meals and complimentary beverages.
SOURCE: A Condor Airlines press release.