A lot can change in just a month, especially with a pandemic taking place. While now is definitely not the time to be traveling for fun, it's good to know there are things some of us can look forward to in the future when travel becomes part and parcel of life again.

Effective April 1, American Airlines AAdvantage members are able to earn AAdvantage miles on all flights they take with Alaska Airlines, so long as these flights are marketed and operated by Alaska Airlines. This applies to Alaska Airlines codeshare flights operated by American Airlines, too.

Alaska Mileage Plan members will also begin to earn Alaska Mileage Plan miles on all American Airlines marketed and operated flights, domestically and internationally.

Keep in mind these miles do not apply to elite status for either program unless they are earned as follows:

American AAdvantage: Alaska Airlines flights must be booked with an American flight number to count toward AA elite status.

Alaska Mileage Plan: American Airlines flights must be booked with an Alaska flight number to count toward Alaska's elite status.

Many people who are part of the AAdvantage frequent flyer program should carefully look over the Alaska Mileage Plan. This program offers better benefits than those offered by American Airlines at this time, and you can enjoy more rewards applying your miles through the Alaska Mileage Plan frequent flyer program. However, depending on where and when you fly, you may still want to keep your points on American's AAdvantage program.

In the summer of 2021, Alaska should become a part of oneworld. At that time, the Alaska Mileage Plan will offer many more benefits, and passengers will be able to earn more miles on flights taking place around the world when they fly with oneworld member airlines. Alaska Mileage Plan members can also look forward to redeem their miles for award seats on oneworld member airlines. Elite members of the Alaska Mileage Plan will also be able to enjoy more privileges in time to come when they travel on American Airlines and oneworld member airlines.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at GET.com based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: adam.luehrs@get.com.