Alaska Air officially joins Oneworld, releases best safety video ever

Photo credit: OMAAT

After over a year, the day has finally come as Alaska Airlines officially joined the Oneworld alliance today, connecting them with 14 global airlines flying to 1,000+ destinations.  Alaska Air has always had one of the most generous award charts, and coming Summer 2021, Alaska will release their award redemption rates for Oneworld partner flights.  As a reminder, Alaska Air elites will be afforded the following Oneworld benefits:

Although Oneworld doesn't have quite the extensive global network afforded by Star Alliance and Skyteam, their top tier Emerald status is hands down the best airline alliance elite status with first class lounge access.  Many questions still remain though, such as which non-Oneworld partnerships, like Singapore Airlines and Korean Airlines, that Alaska Air may lose, and whether or not we'll see increase in award redemption rates for their existing "pre-Oneworld entry" partners (e.g. American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Japan Airlines).



Alaska Air's new global safety video

Alaska Air has had one of the most ingenious in-flight COVID-19 safety videos.  And now, it gets even better as they updated their safety video to reflect their entry into Oneworld:


There's not a single airline safety video that comes even close to the caliber of this one, and I challenge you to find one better.  Oneworld CEO Rob Gurney and American Airlines President Robert Isom can all be seen doing "the dance", along with employees of Fiji Airways, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, S7 Airlines, SriLankan Airways, Iberia, Finnair and more.


Bottom line

The long awaited day is finally here for the Seattle-based airline.  Alaska's entry essentially transforms Anchorage, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco airports into Oneworld hubs, hopefully allowing for additional international destinations to be added and more competition, which is always good for the consumer.  Are you going to do "the dance" to celebrate Alaska Air's inaugural day?

H/T: OMAAT

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