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List of Airline Alliances (updated January 15, 2017)

There always seems to be a few changes to airline alliances ever so often, so I thought I’d update the list from 4 months ago.

In case people are wondering why I put this together. As you know, one of the main reasons this blog was created was to help me document my personal research. I find having all the members of airline alliances listed on one page very handy.

Basically my strategy is that if I ever need to pay for a flight, I do not want to miss out on a good price because I need to be loyal to a specific alliance. Instead, I ensure that I have at least one account per airline alliance so that I can at least bank my miles to an account. Another factor (among many others) that I consider is how easy it would be for me to keep that specific loyalty account active, to give myself more time to accumulate enough miles to work with.

Personal Airline Alliance Portfolio

Below is a list of the frequent flyer programs that I concentrate most of my energy with. I have some other accounts, but they are too inactive to be worth mentioning. I would like to shake things up at some point, but unfortunately for the moment, it is highly dependent on which co-branded credit cards or transfer partners are offered in Canada.

Non-alliance: Southwest Airlines (Rapid Rewards)

I use Rapid Rewards when I fly U.S. to U.S. flights. It is also my favourite airline.

Oneworld: British Airways (Executive Club) and American Airlines (AAdvantage)

Executive Club and American Airlines are my top two picks. The reason is because there are many different opportunities to collect Executive Club Avios as a Canada and American Airlines has a transfer partnership with RBC Rewards.

Star Alliance: Air Canada (Aeroplan)

Aeroplan is probably the most widely accessible program in Canada and it is the easiest program to rack up the miles with as a Canadian. So they have become my default Star Alliance program.

SkyTeam: Delta Air Lines (Delta SkyMiles)

I do not usually fly with SkyTeam, so I picked Delta SkyMiles because their miles never expire, so it is the least maintenance for me.

Vanilla Alliance: None

If I was going to sign up for one program in this alliance, it would be Air Mauritius.

List of the 3 Major Airline Alliances

Below is a list of all the memberships within 3 major airline alliances and the Vanilla Alliance following suit. There were some changes with notes in brackets or struck-through:

Oneworld SkyTeam Star Alliance
 Airline Alliance
Air Berlin Aeroflot Adria Airways
•  Niki Aerolíneas Argentinas Aegean Airlines
American Airlines •  Austral Líneas Aéreas •  Olympic Air
•  American Eagle Aeromexico Air Canada
•  American Airlines Shuttle •  Aeroméxico Connect •  Air Canada Express
British Airways Air Europa •  Air Canada Rouge
•  BA CityFlyer Air France Air China
•  Comair Alitalia •  Dalian Airlines
•  OpenSkies •  Alitalia CityLiner Air India
•  Sun-Air China Airlines •  Air India Regional
Cathay Pacific •  Mandarin Airlines Air New Zealand
•  Cathay Dragon (converted from Dragonair) China Eastern Airlines •  Air New Zealand Link
•  Dragonair •  Shanghai Airlines All Nippon Airways
Finnair China Southern Airlines •  Air Japan
• Nordic Regional Airlines Czech Airlines •  ANA Wings
Iberia Delta Air Lines •  Vanilla Air
•  Iberia Express •  Delta Connection Asiana Airlines
•  Iberia Regional •  Delta Shuttle •  Air Busan
Japan Airlines Garuda Indonesia •  Air Seoul (added)
•  J-Air Kenya Airways Austrian Airlines
•  Japan Transocean Air KLM  Avianca
LATAM Airlines •  KLM Cityhopper  •  Avianca Brazil
• LATAM Argentina Korean Air •  Avianca Costa Rica
• LATAM Brasil Middle East Airlines •  Avianca Ecuador
• LATAM Chile Saudia •  Avianca El Salvador
• LATAM Colombia TAROM •  Avianca Guatemala
• LATAM Ecuador Vietnam Airlines •  Avianca Honduras
• LATAM Express Xiamen Airlines •  Avianca Nicaragua
• LATAM Peru •  Avianca Peru
Malaysia Airlines Possible future members to SkyTeam Brussels Airlines
Qantas Copa Airlines
•  Jetconnect  Hunnu Air •  Copa Airlines Colombia
•  QantasLink  Jet Airways (added) Croatia Airlines
Qatar Airways Uzbekistan Airways EgyptAir
 Royal Jordanian  Virgin Atlantic •  EgyptAir Express
S7 Airlines Ethiopian Airlines
•  Globus Airlines EVA Air
SriLankan Airlines •  Uni Air
•  Mihin Lanka  LOT Polish Airlines
•  LOT Charters
•  Nordica Airlines (added)
Lufthansa
•  Air Dolomiti

 Possible future members to Oneworld

•  Lufthansa CityLine
•  Lufthansa Regional
 Aer Lingus (joining in 2017) •  SunExpress Deutschland
•  Aer Lingus Regional  (joining in 2017) Scandinavian Airlines
Air Tahiti Nui •  Cimber A/S
Interjet Shenzhen Airlines
LATAM Paraguay •  Kunming Airlines
Meridiana  Singapore Airlines
•  Air Italy •   Silkair*
Royal Air Maroc •   Scoot*
•  Royal Air Maroc Express •   Tigerair*
 TAM Paraguay South African Airways
•  Airlink
•  Mango
•  South African Express
Swiss International Air Lines
•  Edelweiss Air
•  Swiss Global Air Lines
TAP Portugal
•  TAP Express
 Thai Airways
•  Thai Smile
Turkish Airlines
•  Anadolu Jet
•  Sunexpress
United Airlines
•  United Express

Possible future members to Star Alliance

Juneyao Airlines

*Not officially a member of Star Alliance, but can still earn KrisFlyer miles with Singapore Airlines, which can be used on Star Alliance flights. But cannot earn miles of other Star Alliance members when flying with Silkair, Scoot or Tigerair.

List of Smaller Airline Alliance

Below is the list of airlines within the Vanilla Alliance. In French, they are known as “Alliance Vanille”, per the logo below:

Vanilla Alliance

Vanilla Alliance
Air Austral
Air Madagascar
Air Mauritius
Air Seychelles
Int’Air Îles
No current possible future members

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