Airline alliances

What is an airline alliance?

A group of airline companies form an alliance with each other in order to provide additional value for their customers. Alliances provide a network of connectivity and convenience for international passengers and international packages. Alliances also provide convenient marketing branding to facilitate travelers making inter-airline codeshare connections within countries.

How does this apply to me?


Oneworld is the smallest alliance counted in number of airlines. The member airlines are spread evenly around the world, so it is a working alternative when planning a long multi-point trip such as a round the world flight. It was the first alliance to introduce interlining e-tickets.


Airline Country Hubs Frequent flyer
Lounges IATA
Air Berlin Germany Berlin, Dusseldorf topbonus Exclusive Waiting Area AB
American Airlines United States Charlotte, Chicago O'Hare, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington, D.C. AAdvantage Admirals Club AA
British Airways United Kingdom London-Heathrow Executive Club Various BA
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Hong Kong Asia Miles/Marco Polo Club Various CX
Finnair Finland Helsinki Finnair Plus Finnair Lounge AY
Iberia Spain Madrid Iberia Plus Sala VIP IB
Japan Airlines Japan Tokyo-Narita & Osaka JAL Mileage Bank Sakura Lounge JL
LAN Airlines Chile Santiago LANPass Lounge Neruda & Mistral LA
Malaysia Airlines Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching Enrich Golden Lounge MH
Qantas Australia Sydney & Melbourne Qantas Frequent Flyer Qantas Club QF
Qatar Airways Qatar Doha Privilege Club Premium Lounge QR
Royal Jordanian Jordan Amman Royal Plus Crown Lounge RJ
S7 Airlines Russia Moscow-Domodedovo, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk S7 Priority S7 Business lounges (Moscow, Novosibirsk) S7
SriLankan Airlines Sri Lanka Colombo FlySmiLes Serendib Lounge UL
TAM Airlines Brazil Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia TAM Fidelidade VIP Lounge JJ


SkyTeam is the latest alliance to be formed. It has a particularly strong network in Europe.


Airline Country Hubs Frequent flyer
Lounges IATA
Aeroflot Russia Moscow Aeroflot Bonus SU
Aerolíneas Argentinas Argentina Buenos Aires Aerolíneas Plus Salón Cóndor AR
Aeroméxico Mexico Mexico City, Monterrey Club Premier Salón Premier AM
Air Europa Spain Madrid-Barajas Flying Blue UX
Air France France Paris-Charles de Gaulle Flying Blue Various AF
Alitalia Italy Rome-Fiumicino MilleMiglia Club Freccia Alata AZ
China Airlines Taiwan Taipei Dynasty Flyer Dynasty Lounge CI
China Eastern Airlines China Shanghai (Hongqiao & Pudong), Xian,Kunming Eastern Miles MU
China Southern Airlines China Beijing, Guangzhou Sky Pearl Club CZ
Czech Airlines Czech Republic Prague OK Plus Crystal Lounge OK
Delta Air Lines United States Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, NYC-JFK, NYC-La Guardia, Minneapolis/St. Paul,
Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, SeaTac, Tokyo-Narita
SkyMiles Delta Sky Club DL
Garuda Indonesia Indonesia Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Bali GarudaMiles Garuda Indonesia Executive Lounge GA
Kenya Airways Kenya Nairobi Flying Blue Simba Lounge KQ
KLM The Netherlands Amsterdam Flying Blue KLM Crown Lounge KL
Korean Air South Korea Seoul (Incheon & Gimpo), Busan SKYPASS Korean Air Lounge KE
Middle East Airlines Lebanon Beirut Cedar Miles Cedar Lounge ME
Saudia Saudi Arabia Dammam,Jeddah,Riyadh,Medina Al-Fursan SV
TAROM Romania Bucharest Flying Blue RO
Vietnam Airlines Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi Golden Lotus Plus Golden Lotus Lounge VN
Xiamen Airlines China Xiamen, Fuzhou, Hangzhou Egret Card MF

Star Alliance

Star Alliance is a global network of airlines, and the worlds largest airline alliance.

Cooperation includes seamless code share flights and baggage interlining and, as a new trend, an increased degree of co-location in airport terminals.

Members of any Star Alliance frequent traveller program (FT) can credit miles or points flown in many booking classes on any Star Alliance operated aircraft.

"Gold" Star Alliance FT members get an extra 20 kg or "piece" of baggage; reciprocal access to most Star Alliance members' lounges; priority boarding and priority wait listing.


Airline Country Hubs Frequent flyer
Lounges IATA
Adria Airways Slovenia Ljubljana Miles & More Senator Lounge JP
Aegean Airlines Greece Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion Miles&Bonus Aegean Club Lounge A3
Air Canada Canada Calgary, Montréal, Toronto & Vancouver Aeroplan Maple Leaf Lounge AC
Air China China Beijing, Chengdu & Shanghai-Pudong Air China Companion/Phoenix Miles VIP Lounge CA
Air Dolomiti Italy Verona, Trieste Miles & More Senator Lounge EN
Air India India Delhi,Mumbai Flying Returns Maharaja Lounge AI
Air New Zealand New Zealand Auckland Airpoints Koru Club NZ
All Nippon Airways Japan Tokyo (Haneda & Narita, Osaka (Kansai & Itami) ANA Mileage Club Club ANA Lounge NH
Asiana Airlines South Korea Seoul-Incheon Asiana Club Asiana Lounge OZ
Austrian Airlines Austria Vienna Miles & More Senator Lounge OS
Avianca Colombia Bogotá LifeMiles Avianca VIP Lounges AV
Brussels Airlines Belgium Brussels Miles & More HON, Senator Lounge SN
Copa Airlines Panama Panama City ConnectMiles Copa Club CM
Croatia Airlines Croatia Zagreb Miles & More Senator Lounge OU
Egypt Air Egypt Cairo EgyptAir Plus EGYPTAIR MS
Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopia Addis Ababa ShebaMiles Cloud Nine and Sheba Miles Lounges ET
EVA Air Taiwan Taipei Infinity MileageLands EVA Air Lounge BR
LOT Poland Warsaw Miles & More Executive Lounge LO
Lufthansa Germany Frankfurt & Munich Miles & More HON/Senator Lounge LH
SAS Scandinavian Airlines Denmark, Norway, Sweden Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm Eurobonus Scandinavian Lounge /Business Lounge SK
Shenzhen Airlines China Shenzhen PhoenixMiles ZH
Singapore Airlines Singapore Singapore KrisFlyer SilverKris Lounge SQ
South African Airways South Africa Johannesburg, Cape Town Voyager Cycad/Baobab Lounge SA
Swiss International Switzerland Zurich Miles & More Swiss Lounge LX
TAP Portugal Portugal Lisbon Victoria Top Executive Lounge TP
Thai Airways Thailand Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Royal Orchid Plus Royal Lounges TG
Turkish Airlines Turkey Istanbul-Atatürk Miles & Smiles THY CIP Lounge TK
United Airlines United States Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Houston, Cleveland, Guam & Tokyo Mileage Plus Red Carpet Club UA

Rail-air alliances

In some countries (especially those with extensive high speed rail networks) there are also cooperations between airlines and railway operators, offering trains as a code-shared "flight" or other benefits to travellers. For more on the topic see rail air alliances.

Frequent flyer programs

Main article: Frequent flyer programmes

You should choose your Frequent Flyer airline in an alliance carefully. Although you may think it is intuitive to join the airline you fly most, you should be aware that privileges offered are often different and frequent flyer points may be more generous under a different airline in the same alliance.

By way of example, to reach Star Alliance Gold status (affording you priority wait listing and boarding, extra checked baggage allowance and use of lounges even when flying on any Star Alliance economy flight) requires only 20,000 miles in one year with Aegean Airlines' Miles&Bonus program, but some other member program require 50,000 or even 100,000 miles in a year to be flown before awarding Gold status.

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