No, I really haven’t retired from writing about miles and points, but obviously, I’ve been a little focused on my 14 nights of cruising aboard Allure of the Seas. The cruise ends on Sunday, and I promise to return to my regularly scheduled programming shortly thereafter. That said, cruising is a big part of my travel adventures and stories about it will always appear here from time to time.

In the meantime, I have been keeping up with the news a tiny bit and was pleased to see that American Airlines is expanding its relationship with Alaska Airlines to include new benefits for AAdvantage elite members. For all elite members, these benefits include priority check-in, priority boarding, and waived baggage charges on up to 2 checked bags. Not bad. Platinums and Executive Platinums receive priority security access as well as preferred seating. I’m glad to see American and Alaska taking a positive step towards improved service. This moves American more in the direction of Delta’s already close relationship (which offers reciprocal benefits to elites) with Alaska Airlines. Wonder if they’ll explore upgrades which Delta and Alaska offer to their members? You can read more here.