Alaska Airlines and American to end some partner benefits
Several customer benefits currently in existence through the partnership between Alaska Airlines and American Airlines will be eliminated as of March 1, 2020. Included in the changes, members of Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan loyalty program will no longer earn miles on American Airlines’ international flights or be able to redeem miles for award travel on any American Airlines’ flight.
American and Alaska will continue to offer codeshare services and lounge reciprocity at 50 domestic and international lounges when flying on one of the two carries.
British Airways and Malaysia Airlines to codeshare
British Airways and its oneworld global alliance partner Malaysia Airlines will offer new codeshare service to over 14 destinations across Malaysia and nine cities in Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Vietnam. Codeshare passengers will be able to collect boarding passes in advance and through checked luggage in addition to receiving added loyalty benefits.
SFO to renumber all gates effective Oct. 16
To make the travel experience better for passengers, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will renumber all of its gates throughout the entire airport effective Wednesday, October 16. Similar to other airports, SFO will implement an alphanumeric system that uses the letter of the boarding area (A-G) with the new gate number. The new gate numbers will be based on their location relative to security checkpoints. Passengers can review the new numbering system by visiting https://www.flysfo.com/gate-renumbering.
United celebrates opening of new TSA checkpoint facilities at Newark Liberty Airport
United Airlines just completed a $40 million renovation project at Newark Liberty International Airport aimed at improving the security screening experience. With construction complete, the new customer security checkpoint area is now 50 percent larger allowing for better passenger flow. The redesigned facility also features a new a digital wait-time system which monitors passenger queues and has space allotted for CLEAR security screening when it is rolled out at the airport.
North Dakota welcomes new Williston Basin International Airport
The new Williston Basin International Airport in North Dakota welcomed its first flight on Oct. 10. The new $273 million facility located 10 miles northwest of Williston replaces the old Sloulin Field, which was significantly overcrowded and no longer met FAA standards. The new airport will be serviced by Delta and United and will feature its own brewery restaurant and executive lounges along with a private terminal.