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Alaska Airlines Expands Partnership With Condor Airlines

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Alaska Airlines has been a partner with Condor Airlines for a number of years, but the partnership has been somewhat limited.

Until this point, the carriers have had some interline agreements, and members of each airline’s frequent flyer program could redeem miles on the other carrier.

Now, however, Alaska and Condor are starting an extensive codeshare agreement, which will allow flyers of each airline to have access to an augmented route network.

Here’s what you need to know.

What Is a Codeshare?

A codeshare allows an airline to put its own flight number on a flight operated by another airline, allowing each carrier to sell tickets on that 1 flight. In this case, for example, Alaska Airlines can place its code on any number of flights that Condor flies. While the flight is operated with a Condor plane and Condor crew, it can be sold by Alaska. This allows a passenger to buy a single ticket to take them from San Diego to Seattle on an Alaska Airlines flight and then from Seattle to Frankfurt (FRA) on Condor.

In addition to a single-ticket itinerary, a passenger can seamlessly check their bag from their starting city to the final destination, which eliminates the need to re-check a bag at a connection point. Passengers can also check in with the first airline of the journey and get their boarding passes all the way through to their final destination.

Condor’s new business class seat. Image Credit: Condor

New Codeshares

Alaska Airlines is adding its code to 12 Condor flights, departing from various cities across the U.S. including Anchorage (ANC), Los Angeles (LAX), Portland (PDX), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and more. Condor is adding its code to more than 70 Alaska flights across the U.S.

The intent behind this new codeshare relationship is to better link the 2 carriers’ networks. If flying into the U.S. on a Condor flight, passengers can seamlessly connect to an Alaska Airlines flight from one of Condor’s U.S. gateways. Conversely, those departing the U.S. can fly from their home base (if served by Alaska Airlines) to a Condor gateway city and from there to Europe.

You can purchase these new codeshare flights directly through each airline, and all flights should be available for sale now.

Hot Tip:

Don’t forget that you can redeem Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles on Condor! Condor flies from several major cities across the U.S. to Frankfurt, and from there, you can take a low-cost carrier to pretty much anywhere in Europe.

Final Thoughts

This new codeshare agreement will open up access to more cities for more flyers. Condor has been a partner with Alaska since 2017, and these new flights will offer more seamless journeys for flyers on either side of the Pond.

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James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.

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