We've seen a lot of changes in Alaska Airlines partnerships with North American carriers in 2017. They ended their partnership with Delta in early 2017 and have already announced a devaluation of their partnership with American Airlines starting January 1, 2018.
Now, we can add Aeromexico to that list as this partnership will also cease to exist on January 1, 2018. If you've already booked flights on Aeromexico for 2018 and plan on crediting the miles you'd earn to Alaska Airlines, these tickets will be honored. However, from today (September 6) going forward, Aeromexico flights booked for 2018 will not earn Alaska miles.
It sucks seeing airlines discontinue partnerships as it removes an opportunity to earn your desired miles when flying. This is particularly disappointing with Alaska Airlines as they have some great partnerships and some of the better award redemption rates in the industry.
That being said, I'm not entirely surprised by the developments this year.
Delta is clearly trying to compete with Alaska Airlines in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, so we can't be surprised that relationship fell apart.
The change to the American Airlines partnership could also be expected as they overlap on too many routes out of Seattle. In fact, the devaluation of the partnership hits residents in the Pacific Northwest and California the hardest. With Alaska's acquisition of Virgin America, they hope to blunt the impact of this change for its Mileage Plan members.
The end of the Aeromexico relationship isn't that surprising either as Alaska with its acquired Virgin American routes has more options to Mexico now. On Aeromexico's side, they entered into a joint venture with Delta this year and I can't imagine Delta wants them partnering with an airline they are going after themselves.
In the end, none of the changes are surprising. However, I know it will be disappointing for those affected the most as many preferred crediting their flights to Alaska Airlines as it is one of the last domestic carriers that seems to treat its loyalty programs well - they're not perfect, but they're better.
Let me know in the comments if this change affects you.