American Airlines ticket flying on Alaskan Airlines

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Biggles1967

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Jul 2017

Total posts 7

Hi Everyone I am a Platinum QFF and have an AA issued ticket from Vancouver Island, BC to Nashville, TN. I have been advised that several of the legs are to be flown on Alaskan Airlines ( Victoria - Seatle, Seatle - Chicago).

My question is does my Platinum QFF and reciprocal American Airlines status help with lounge access and baggage allowances since we are flying on Alaskan Airlines?

henrus

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 23 Oct 2013

Total posts 768

Qantas Club, Gold and Platinum only get lounge access if connecting to/from a Qantas operated a flight. No other benefits apply.


American Airlines elites used to get benefits however on 1 January 2018 the partnership ended.

djtech

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Sep 2018

Total posts 350

Being a QFF Platnium, here is the official wording on Qantas' website

'Gold, Platinum, Platinum One Qantas Frequent Flyers and Qantas Club members can enjoy access for you and a guest to Alaska's lounges in Los Angeles, Seattle, Anchorage and Portland when flying on an Alaska Airlines flight, connecting to, or from, a Qantas International operated flight. Be sure to have your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership card with you.'

So no. Unless you flew QF before this flight, you won't have access.

ryanpst

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 27 Jun 2013

Total posts 65

From recent experience of being turned away (QF gold on AA ticket operated by Alaskan) - no you don’t get any lounge access. Also you should arrive to Seattle very early as your QF card won’t put you at the front of the screening queue. Took me an hour and a half just to get to the X-ray scanner on a Monday morning.


It is a useless relationship with Alaskan and I’m not sure why QF offer it.

FYI in reverse an Alaskan FF gets access to QF lounges without restriction if I’m not mistaken.

Last editedby ryanpst at Oct 16, 2018, 06:00 PM.

John Phelan

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Oct 2011

Total posts 212

From recent experience of being turned away (QF gold on AA ticket operated by Alaskan) - no you don’t get any lounge access. Also you should arrive to Seattle very early as your QF card won’t put you at the front of the screening queue. Took me an hour and a half just to get to the X-ray scanner on a Monday morning.

It is a useless relationship with Alaskan and I’m not sure why QF offer it.

FYI in reverse an Alaskan FF gets access to QF lounges without restriction if I’m not mistaken.
Last edited by ryanpst at Oct 16, 2018, 06.00 PM.

I think you'll find the issue was that you were on a AA ticket. AA's relationship with Alaskan ended at the start of this year. If you had been on a QF ticket, you would have been OK. The issue is that it needs to be in conjunction with a QF ticket to/from Australia.

Biggles1967

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Jul 2017

Total posts 7

From recent experience of being turned away (QF gold on AA ticket operated by Alaskan) - no you don’t get any lounge access. Also you should arrive to Seattle very early as your QF card won’t put you at the front of the screening queue. Took me an hour and a half just to get to the X-ray scanner on a Monday morning.

It is a useless relationship with Alaskan and I’m not sure why QF offer it.

FYI in reverse an Alaskan FF gets access to QF lounges without restriction if I’m not mistaken.
Last edited by ryanpst at Oct 16, 2018, 06.00 PM.

Hopefully we should be in "transit and not have to change terminals etc as we have a 2 hour connection. Not sure what the deal will be with baggage allowance?

ryanpst

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 27 Jun 2013

Total posts 65

From recent experience of being turned away (QF gold on AA ticket operated by Alaskan) - no you don’t get any lounge access. Also you should arrive to Seattle very early as your QF card won’t put you at the front of the screening queue. Took me an hour and a half just to get to the X-ray scanner on a Monday morning.

It is a useless relationship with Alaskan and I’m not sure why QF offer it.

FYI in reverse an Alaskan FF gets access to QF lounges without restriction if I’m not mistaken.
Last edited by ryanpst at Oct 16, 2018, 06.00 PM.

I think you'll find the issue was that you were on a AA ticket. AA's relationship with Alaskan ended at the start of this year. If you had been on a QF ticket, you would have been OK. The issue is that it needs to be in conjunction with a QF ticket to/from Australia.


The ticket wasn’t the issue, it’s that I was doing a US domestic flight and my QF status meant nothing to Alaskan. Even on an Alaskan ticket (not booked via AA) the terms of the agreement (on the QF website) state no lounge access unless flying to or from Australia on a Qantas operated flight.

You’re essentially better off avoiding doing any Alaskan flights and only flying AA domestically for any status recognition, earning status credits, extra baggage allowance, express queues and lounge access.

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