This is absolutely fantastic news and I have been waiting a very long time for this.
Alaska Airlines has revised its partner award charts to allow one way bookings for many airlines, including Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Emirates, and Air Pacific!! Earlier this year, Alaska put one-way and online bookings in for BA, AA, and DL. The one-way awards are half of the round-trip awards which is fantastic, which means you can fly QF F for 70k miles and EK F for 100k miles! This pairs really well with EK swapping LAX to an A380 on Dec 2.
Edit: I’ve taken a closer look and it seems like there have been FT reports of space not displaying correctly. Keep that in mind.
But what is even better is that you can now book awards online on Emirates, Qantas, and Air Pacific!
Just click the “shop for your reservation online” button here:
Which gives you results like this:
On a Qantas note, it seems that the award engine doesn’t let you search up to 365 days in advance, so to snag that QF F space, it looks like you’ll need to phone their call center.
So you can now search these partners online:
- Air France
- Air Pacific
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Delta Air Lines
- Era Alaska
But this has just made Alaska Miles a heck of a lot more valuable. I would say now the Alaska Miles are the ONLY way to for Emirates First travel, given that JAL Mileage Bank requires roundtrips and frankly I don’t have that much SPG to spend. Alaska miles are now also an excellent way to get to Australia given that they have access to Qantas Space online and in one-ways, and as well Cathay Pacific via HKG if all fails. It also looks like pairing Air Pacific redemptions online with other awards are now a lot easier.
Unfortunately you’ll still need to book your Cathay Pacific awards through the call center and Korean Air awards still need to be roundtrip… but oh well! One-way “good” partner awards and online booking in one day, wow!