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:
|Air Berlin||Aeroflot||Adria Airways|
|• Niki||Aerolíneas Argentinas||Aegean Airlines|
|American Airlines||• Austral Líneas Aéreas||• Olympic Air|
|• American Eagle||Aeromexico||Air Canada|
|• 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|
|• 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|
|• 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)|
|• 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|
|• Cimber A/S|
|LATAM Paraguay||• Kunming Airlines|
||South African Airways|
|• South African Express|
|Swiss International Air Lines|
|• Edelweiss Air|
|• Swiss Global Air Lines|
|• TAP Express|
|• Thai Smile|
|• Anadolu Jet|
|• United Express|
Possible future members to Star Alliance
*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:
|No current possible future members|