Alaska Airlines gave its staff members a total of 900,000 miles to tour the world as part of its 90th-anniversary celebration.
The airline announced in a release that to mark its 90th year, it is “taking a moment to thank each employee for their relentless commitment to caring for our guests for 90 years & counting by giving them 90,000 miles to fly anywhere in the world.”
“As we celebrate 90 years of flying, we wouldn’t be where we are today without our incredible people who work nonstop to keep things moving, even throughout a global pandemic,” Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci said in a statement.
Minicucci added: “When you think about how many airlines have come and gone since 1932, it’s an amazing achievement that we’re still here and stronger than ever—it’s because of the genuine care and hard work our people bring to our operation every day.”
We love a surprise that flies! To celebrate 90 years in the skies, we’re giving our world-class employees—who show nonstop care for our guests, communities and each other—90,000 miles to fly anywhere around the globe! Read more: https://t.co/MekbnWHNbg pic.twitter.com/kl7bkLPfAY
— Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) July 11, 2022
Constance von Muehlen, the chief operating officer of Alaska Airlines, was filmed visiting an airport and offices and presenting each employee with a certificate for travel miles in an envelope that read: “You deserve the world.”
The 90,000 miles won’t expire, according to Alaska Airlines, and employees can spend them on Oneworld partner airlines including Qantas, British Airways, and Qatar Airways in addition to the Alaska network.
Starting at 25,000 miles, Alaska Airlines’ home base in Seattle offers roundtrip service to New York. From the US West Coast, a trip to Europe begins at 60,000 miles.
During the pandemic, Alaska Airlines faced a number of employment-related difficulties, including the early 2022 cancellation of flights due to a lack of workers and the May 2022 authorization of a strike by the airline’s pilots.
As McGee Airways, named for one of its founders, Linious McGee, Alaska Airlines was founded in 1932. When the airline was bought by a business with the same name in 1935, it changed its name to Star Air Service. The founders and the new owners changed the airline’s name to Alaska Airlines in 1944, and it has remained in use ever since.
Photo cover via Twitter: @AlaskaAir