Alaska Airlines has added Icelandair as a partner for mileage earning effective October 1, 2015. You will earn Alaska Miles at a rate of 25% to 250% of mileage flown depending on the fare bucket and class of service of the Icelandair flight.

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I’ve never been to Iceland, and I really want to go, but other than points that can be redeemed like cash toward any flight, there are no convenient miles to book Icelandair or WOW Air (another Icelandic airline) flights. If I were forced to book a trip with miles to Iceland today, I’d use United miles and route via continental Europe, which is a lot of backtracking.

By contrast, Icelandair has an amazing route network of direct flights from the United States to Iceland, with great connections to continental Europe if you want to see both on the same trip.

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However, as of right now, Alaska Airlines miles can NOT book Icelandair flights, and there is no timetable for their gaining that power.

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My guess is that Alaska Airlines will work out a deal to redeem miles for Icelandair flights, since you can redeem Alaska Airlines flights with all other partners, except Hainan Airlines, which is coming soon.

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The bad news is this used to say November 2015.

Icelandair adds to the impressive and eclectic group of partners for Alaska Airlines.

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For more information on sweetspots, earning Alaska miles, and the Alaska program in general, see Basics of Alaska Mileage Plan.

Bonus

Alaska MVP Gold members will get free access to Icelandair’s flagship lounge in Reykjavik.

Bottom Line

Starting next week, you can get Alaska miles when you fly Iceland Air. No partnership for redeeming miles on Icelandair flights has been announced, but I am optimistic.

Right now, the options for awards to Iceland are terrible. Getting to use Alaska miles, which are easy to earn, on Icelandair’s amazing route network would be a boon.

 

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