Airline Alliances

An airline alliance is an aviation industry arrangement between two or more airlines agreeing to cooperate on a substantial level.  

Alliances could provide marketing branding to facilitate travellers making inter-airline code share connections within countries.  This branding may involve unified aircraft liveries of member aircraft.

Airlines alliances can bring several advantages to the traveller:

  • lower prices due to lowered operational costs for a given route.
  • more departure times to choose from on a given route.
  • more destinations within easy reach.
  • shorter travel times as a result of optimised transfers.
  • a wider range of airport lounges shared with alliance members
  • faster mileage rewards by earning miles for a single account on several different carriers.
  • round-the-world tickets, enabling travellers to fly over the world for a relatively low price.

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There are three main airline alliances.  These are One World, Star Alliance and Sky Team.  Each alliance has numerous airline partners usually consisting of one or more members from each continent to offer true global connections.

I am a strong believer in alliance members and I personally have loyalty to the One World programme which British Airways is a member (I am a frequent flyer card holder)  However, I also have membership to a rival airline which is in the rival alliance called Star Alliance.  

Holding an airlines frequent flyer card has numerous benefits.  Not only does it allow me to collect and redeem points with that said airlines programme but one can also collect/redeem points with member airlines within that alliance programme.

 In addition, one can also purchase airline tickets for any member airline of that said programme to ensure smooth travel and efficiency.  By holding a frequent flyer card also allows access to airport lounges across the globe along with extra travel perks such as increased baggage allowances or free upgrades in over sales circumstances.

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SKY TEAM MEMBERS:                                                                    

There are 20 airlines in Sky Team:             

  • Aeroflot, Russia
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • Aeromexico
  • Air Europa, Spain
  • Air France
  • Alitalia, Italy
  • China Airlines, Taiwan
  • China Eastern Airlines, China
  • China Southern Airlines, China
  • Czech Airlines
  • Delta Airlines, United States
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM, Netherlands
  • Korean Air, South Korea
  • Middle East Airlines, Lebanon
  • Saudia, Saudi Arabia
  • TAROM, Romania
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Xiamen Airlines, China.

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There are currently 15 members of One World:

  • Air Berlin, Germany
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong
  • Finnair, Finland
  • Iberia, Spain
  • Japan Airlines
  • LAN Airlines, Chile
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas, Australia
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Jordanian
  • S7 Airlines, Russia
  • SriLankan Airlines
  • TAM Brazil Airlines.

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There are 27 members of Star Alliance:

  • Adria Airways, Slovenia
  • Aegean Airlines, Greece
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air India
  • Air New Zealand
  • All Nippon Airways, Japan
  • Asiana Airlines, South Korea
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Avianca, Colombia
  • Brussels Airlines, Belgium
  • Copa Airlines, Panama
  • Croatia Airlines
  • EgyptAir
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • EVA Air, Taiwan
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa, Germany
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Shenzhen Airlines, China
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • Swiss International Airlines
  • TAP Portugal
  • Thai Airways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines, United States