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Alaska Airlines has announced its 18th Mileage Plan partner, German low-cost carrier Condor. For those who are unfamiliar with Condor, it is a German low-cost carrier that mainly focuses on vacation destinations. Currently, Condor operates 16 routes in the North American Market, 10 of which are in the US.
Like most low-cost carriers, Condor charges for checked bags, and limits hand luggage to a 13lbs bag and a personal item. On long-haul flights, Condor does provide nonalcoholic drinks, a hot meal, and cold breakfast. Extras such as seat selection and alcoholic drinks on board are charged like most other low-cost carriers.
Condor offers three classes of service on their aircraft: Economy, Premium Economy, and Business Class. The Economy seats are a little tighter than most other low-cost carriers with a width of 17 inches and a pitch of 30 inches. Premium Economy seats offer a little more leg room with a pitch of 36 inches. The seats also have a footrest, a bigger recline, an amenity kit and an improved food and drinks menu. Condor Business Class offers a lot more space with 170-degree recline seats, a 15-inch entertainment screen, in-seat power supply, and a selection of items from a gourmet dining menu. Business class also provides travelers with lounge access and two checked bags.
Earning Alaska Miles on Condor
Alaska has published its table of earning miles with Condor, and it has some interesting sweet spots.
Flights in Business class offer great earning potential, earning 300% of miles flown. A Business fare from Las Vegas to Frankfurt will earn you 16,749 miles with all the bonuses—considering Condor’s low fares that is great value for money.
Redeeming Alaska Miles on Condor
When it comes to redeeming your Alaska Miles on Condor, there are some decent options out there if you can find some level 1 Economy fares. 25,000 miles will get you to many European destinations. The Alaska redemption chart on Condor is as follows:
For travel further afield, Condor considers the following:
- North America is all 50 US states, Canada, and Mexico
- Middle East/North Africa is considered by Condor to include Cyprus, Egypt, Morocco, Seychelles and the Maldives
- South Africa is considered by Condor to include Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, South Africa and Namibia
There are a few other considerations to take into account when booking award fares with Condor:
- There are no fuel surcharges on award flights
- Bookings can be made 330 days in advance
- You can book one free stopover at Frankfurt or Condor’s US gateway
Alaska continues to grow the Mileage Plan program successfully. Another airline with excellent earning and redemption options is always a bonus. Also, with Condor being a vacation destination-focused airline, it opens up new and interesting routes to destinations that can be a little tricky to reach from the North American market.
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