Lately, there seems to be a lot of competition brewing for slots between Alaska Airlines and Delta. The recent uppercut jab to Delta, is Alaska Airlines offering non-stop service between Portland and Salt Lake City. Currently, the only non-stop to SLC is on Delta, but that has changed now with this addition. This is great news for award ticket redemptions, as it allows for greater flexibility in getting to a Sky Team hub like SLC. As you can see from the chart below, this service will begin in June, so looks like the ski season to Utah will have to be serviced by Delta for now. This partnership is a rather strange one, as each of them are competing with each other pretty fiercely these days. Just recently, Alaska Airlines started non-stop service between Portland and Atlanta, which is also a major Delta hub. It’s going to be interesting to see what comes out of this, if anything. Remember, Alaska Airlines is NOT part of any major airline alliance, but has partnerships with Delta, which is a Sky Team member, and American Airlines, which is part of One World. For this reason, Alaska Airlines is my favorite airline, because the reward redemptions can be very lucrative. Alaska has not made any major devaluations (yet) to their award chart, so you can get to a lot of destinations for a decent amount of miles.