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Alaska Airways CEO stated a loyalty program for a mixed Alaska-Hawaii could look just like Marriott Bonvoy, an concept that’s considerably uncommon for the airline trade.

When Alaska Airways stated Hawaiian Airways would preserve its impartial model below a merged firm, it was unclear how the 2 carriers would mix their loyalty applications. 

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Alaska CEO Ben Minicucci gave a clue Sunday night when he stated Alaska and Hawaiian would function below a single loyalty program, and in contrast it to Marriott Bonvoy. 

“So consider one thing like Marriott Bonvoy, proper? You’re a part of Marriott Bonvoy, however you can keep in several resorts proper below this home of manufacturers. In order that’s how we’re interested by it,” he stated.

The thought of two separate manufacturers below a single frequent flier program is a novel concept within the airline trade, given that the majority airways both have their very own frequent flier program or permit vacationers to earn miles by means of codeshares or alliances. 

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The closest instance of two airways working below a single firm with the identical loyalty program could also be Air France and KLM, nevertheless it’s extra so out of nationwide satisfaction. 

Alaska Airways and Hawaiian Airways: 2 Manufacturers, 1 Program

Minicucci and Hawaiian CEO Peter Ingram stated they wished separate manufacturers below the identical loyalty program partly attributable to every airline’s native tradition and historical past.

“As the 2 airways rooted within the forty ninth and fiftieth state, each of that are uniquely reliant upon air journey, Alaska and Hawaiians share a terrific deal in frequent,” Minicucci stated. 

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Alaska’s choice to take care of Hawaiian’s impartial model, even below a mixed loyalty program, can also be associated to its expertise with the Virgin America acquisition in 2016. 

It labored shortly to combine the model. However regardless that Virgin America had solely existed for round a decade, it had developed a loyal following due to its temper lighting, leather-based seats, snack choice and tech-driven strategy. 

By 2019, Virgin America’s model was basically erased and constant clients weren’t comfortable. 

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On the Sunday evening press convention in Honolulu, the place the 2 CEOs donned aloha shirts, they reiterated it might take time for patrons to see any modifications.

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“The HawaiianMiles advantages are precisely the identical,” Ingram stated. “The Alaska loyalty advantages are precisely the identical. After which post-merger, as soon as we have now all of the approvals, as soon as the deal closes, that’s when the 2 loyalty plans will come collectively.”

Minicucci added that if the merger closes — which might be within the subsequent 12 to 18 months — they might then look to see how tier statuses from the Alaska Air Mileage Plan and HawaiianMiles would match up below a mixed loyalty program. 

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The Alaska CEO added that they might additionally match the standing tiers of the merged loyalty applications into Oneworld’s frequent flier program. 

This time round, Minicucci stated the one possibility for Alaska’s merger with Hawaiian was to maintain the manufacturers of the 2 airways separate. 

“The one largest query I’ve is Ben, how are you gonna do a twin model below a single platform?” Minicucci stated. “And I simply say there isn’t any different selection. We are going to determine it out as a result of we have to respect the tradition and the legacy that’s been created right here for over 94 years.

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