Ravn Air Group and Alaska Airlines want to make it easier to fly between Alaska and the Lower 48.

The airlines announced a new and expanded frequent flyer and codesharing partnership Thursday that goes into effect Monday.

The deal provides travelers with access to a broader network with more flight choices, better schedules, and easier booking to more than 100 destinations not only Alaska and the rest of the United States, but to Canada, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

"Ravn Alaska and PenAir are thrilled to be partnering with Alaska Airlines to provide our customers with greater choice, access, and flexibility," Dave Pflieger, Ravn Air Group's president and CEO, said in a statement. "Through the expanded codeshare, our valued customers will benefit from unprecedented connectivity both in and out of the state. with a continued focus on safety, operational excellence, customer service, and employee pride, we look forward to a long and successful partnership to advance Alaska air travel."

"We're pleased to welcome a new and enhanced airline partnership to our Alaska communities that offers more routes and destinations," said Alaska Airlines executive vice president Andrew Harrison. "Alaska Airlines and Ravn are committed to connecting businesses, communities and families safely to destinations throughout Alaska and beyond. the strength of the new Ravn Air Group, joining Ravn Alaska and PenAir, means even more choices for our guests and an easier shopping experience. and our Alaska Airlines mileage plan members will be able to earn more miles under this expanded codeshare agreement."

The agreement adds Ravn and PenAir flights to more than a dozen Alaska communities to Alaska Airlines' plan, including: Aniak, Bethel, Cold Bay, Dillingham, Homer, Kenai, King Salmon, Kodiak, Kotzebue, McGrath, Sand Point, St. Mary's, St. Paul, Unalakleet, and Valdez.

Correction: An earlier version misspelled Andrew Harrison's last name.  

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