Alaska Airlines has officially become a member of oneworld just eight months after receiving a formal invitation from the airline alliance last July. For Alaska and its guests, according to an announcement, oneworld provides a global network of flights to as many as 1,000 destinations across more than 170 countries and territories. With its membership, Alaska will add seven new airline partners and enhance its six existing partnerships with oneworld members. Ben Minicucci, Alaska’s CEO, said the membership transforms the carrier into a truly global airline, connecting its strong West Coast network and destinations across North America with the worldwide reach of its oneworld partners. All Alaska Mileage Plan members can now earn miles when they fly any of the other 13 member airlines. Mileage redemption for flights on airlines that Alaska did not have previous partnerships with will occur in the coming months. Alaska's elite Mileage Plan members automatically receive matching oneworld tier status: MVP Gold 75K = oneworld Emerald; MVP Gold = oneworld Sapphire; and MVP = oneworld Ruby.