Alaska Airlines and American Airlines end miles partnership

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The changes goes into effect March 1

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People stand in the Alaska Airlines ticket area at Sea-Tac International Airport Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in SeaTac, Wash.An airline mechanic stole an Alaska Airlines plane without any passengers and took off from Sea-Tac International Airport in Washington state on Friday night before crashing near Ketron Island, officials said. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Airlines and American Airlines have announced they will scale back their mileage plan partnership early next year.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Wednesday that Alaska Airlines mileage plan members will not be able to earn miles on American Airlines international flights beginning March 1.

Officials say Alaska Airlines passengers will also no longer be able to use miles for award travel on American flights.

The airlines say Alaska plan holders will still be able to earn mile-for-mile value on American flights with Alaska flight numbers to locations in the Midwest, the East Coast and parts of Canada.

Prior to the Oct. 2 announcement, American Airlines was Alaska’s final domestic mileage plan partner, meaning Alaska plan members will not have another major carrier on which to use miles.

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