Alaska Airlines has unveiled an exciting partnership with Canadian airline Porter Airlines, set to enhance travel opportunities on both sides of the border. Commencing in January, Porter Airlines will collaborate with Alaska to introduce flights from its primary hub in Toronto to Los Angeles and San Francisco, as announced by Alaska Airlines this week.
With hubs in major California airports, Alaska Airlines strategically aims to strengthen its presence in Canada through this partnership. Passengers will enjoy seamless connections with integrated ticketing and baggage handling on both airlines.
Brett Catlin, Vice President of Loyalty, Alliances, and Sales at Alaska Airlines, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “Porter Airlines opens new opportunities for our guests to travel to Canada in style. We’re thrilled to partner with a vibrant and growing airline that offers a refined experience including top-notch inflight service and terrific onboard amenities.”
Porter Airlines will inaugurate its Los Angeles flight on Jan. 16, followed by the San Francisco service on Jan. 25. Both routes will operate daily, utilizing Porter’s fleet of new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, featuring a comfortable 2-2 configuration.
These interline flights are now available for booking on Alaska and Porter’s websites. Alaska Mileage Plan members who purchase Porter flights directly through Alaska can earn at least 100% of the miles flown and 100% elite-qualifying miles.
Throughout 2024, both airlines plan to expand the partnership, allowing travelers to earn full mileage regardless of where they book their flights. Alaska Airlines hints at additional benefits for Mileage Plan and VIPorter loyalty members as the partnership evolves.
This announcement follows Alaska’s recent declaration of its intent to acquire Hawaiian Airlines, valued at about $1.9 billion. Porter Airlines becomes Alaska’s 30th airline partner, further expanding its global reach. Alaska joined the Oneworld alliance in 2021 and continues to foster unique partnerships with airlines like Fiji Airways and Korean Air, connecting travelers to over 1,000 destinations worldwide.