The Oneworld Alliance: Everything You Need to Know (Partners Listed)

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Oneworld Alliance

“An alliance of the world’s leading airlines, working as one.”

Founded: February 1, 1999
Headquarters: New York City
Website: oneworld.com

The Numbers/Statistics

  • Annual Customers: 550 million
  • Daily Flights: 13,200
  • Destinations: 1,015
  • Countries: 150+
  • Combined Fleet: 3,586 aircraft
  • Lounges: 650+
  • Employees: ~406,122
  • Annual Revenue: ~$130 billion

Oneworld Partners*

  • Airberlin
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Finnair
  • Iberia
  • Japan Airlines
  • LATAM Airlines
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Jordanian
  • S7 Airlines
  • SriLankan Airlines

*Oneworld alliance includes ~30 “affiliate” members, which are generally regional airlines that are owned by/have strong commercial links with oneworld’s full members.

How It Works

The oneworld alliance itself does not host an individual frequent flyer program. This is consistent with the other major airline alliances.

To achieve oneworld status, members must first accrue status through their respective partner airline of choice. Once this is achieved, an equivalent oneworld tier status is issued (see “status equivalents” below).

Miles earned through multiple different airline programs cannot be combined to reach the designation for oneworld status.

That being said, passengers traveling on eligible flights operated by oneworld member airlines will accrue miles/points that can be redeemed across the entire oneworld network.

Status Levels

  • Ruby: entry-level status for oneworld
  • Sapphire: mid-level status for oneworld
  • Emerald: top status level for oneworld

Benefits*

Oneworld TierRubySapphireEmerald
Earn/redeem miles on all oneworld member airlines
Earn tier points on all oneworld airlines
Access to business class priority check-in
Access to preferred/pre-reserved seating
Priority reservation waitlist/standby
Access to business class lounges
Priority boarding
>Extra baggage allowance
Access to first class priority check-in
Access to first class lounges
Access to fast track at security checkpoints

*Some limitations and exceptions may apply.

Tier Breakdown

Ruby: When your respective tier status is equivalent to oneworld Ruby, you may take advantage of the following benefits, no matter which oneworld airline you are flying or cabin class you’re assigned.

Access to business class priority check-in

  • This can significantly expedite time spent in line or at the airport ticket counter.

Access to preferred/pre-reserved seating (where offered)

  • Oneworld Ruby allows access to seating from 7 days prior to departure (non-status tickets allowed at 24hrs pre-departure).

Priority on waitlists and when on standby (where offered)

  • This allows those with status to move ahead of other non-status flyers on reservation lists and standby lists, making it more likely they’ll be granted a seat on the flight in question.

Sapphire: When your respective tier status is equivalent to oneworld Sapphire, you may take advantage of the following benefits, no matter which oneworld airline you are flying or cabin class you’re assigned.

All of the above Ruby benefits plus the following differences/additions:

Access to preferred/pre-reserved seating (where offered)

  • Oneworld Sapphire allows access to seating from the time of booking (non-status tickets allowed at 24hrs pre-departure).

Access to over 650 airport lounges when traveling internationally.*

  • This includes premium business class and frequent flyer lounges, regardless of service class flown at the time of travel.
  • This also includes one guest (must be traveling on a flight operated by a oneworld carrier).

*Exceptions apply; more lounge details here.

Access to priority boarding

  • Priority boarding is usually called somewhere after pre-board travelers (passengers needing assistance, passengers with young children, etc) and premium cabin passengers, but before general boarding.

Extra Baggage Allowance*

  • For international/domestic routes using the “weight” system, members are allowed an extra 15kg in addition to the ticketed economy baggage allowance.
  • For international/domestic routes using the “piece” system, members are allowed 1 additional bag** weighing up to 23kg, up to a maximum of 2 pieces.

*Benefit not available for BA “Hand Baggage Only” fares for short-haul routes. For LAN operated domestic routes, 2 bags with a combined weight not exceeding 23kg are allowed.
**Purely domestic routes with “piece” system and no ticketed baggage entitlement are assured at least 1 piece of checked baggage up to 23kg.

Priority Baggage Handling

  • This ensures Sapphire member baggage is given priority from aircraft to carousel when traveling on any cabin on any eligible oneworld flight*

*Not available on flights operated by BA


Emerald: When your respective tier status is equivalent to oneworld Emerald, you may take advantage of the following benefits, no matter which oneworld airline you are flying or cabin class you’re assigned.

Access to all of the above Ruby and Sapphire benefits are included plus the following differences/additions:

Access to preferred/pre-reserved seating (where offered)

  • Oneworld Emerald allows access to seating from the time of booking (non-status tickets allowed at 24hrs pre-departure).
  • This includes access for everyone on your booking as well as friends/family on different bookings traveling in the same cabin class on the same flight.

Access to over 650 airport lounges when traveling internationally.*

  • This includes premium first class, business, and frequent flyer lounges, regardless of service class flown at the time of travel.
  • This also includes 1 guest (must be traveling on a flight operated by a oneworld carrier).

*Exceptions apply; more lounge details here.

Extra Baggage Allowance*

  • For international/eomestic routes using the “weight” system, members are allowed an extra 22kg in addition to the ticketed baggage allowance.
  • For international/domestic routes using the “piece” system, members are allowed 1 additional bag weighing up to 23kg.

*Benefit not available for BA “Hand Baggage Only” fares for short-haul routes

Fast track through security (at select airports for select carriers)

  • This can significantly decrease security wait times.
  • Restrictions and local agreements cause significant variations in the ability to utilize this benefit; find airport-specific details here.

Status Equivalents

Listed below are the status equivalencies for each of the member airlines. As mentioned above, in order to achieve oneworld tier status, individuals must first achieve status through their respective member airline.

Airberlin

  • topbonus Platinum® = oneworld Emerald
  • topbonus Gold® = oneworld Sapphire
  • topbonus Silver® = oneworld Ruby
  • topbonus Classic® = no equivalent

American Airlines

  • AAdvantage® СonciergeKey ℠ = oneworld Emerald
  • AAdvantage® Executive Platinum = oneworld Emerald
  • AAdvantage® Platinum Pro = oneworld Sapphire
  • AAdvantage® Gold = oneworld Ruby
  • AAdvantage® = no equivalent for basic membership

British Airways

    oneworld Emerald

  • Executive Club Silver® = oneworld Sapphire
  • Executive Club Bronze® = oneworld Ruby
  • Executive Club Blue® = no equivalent for basic membership

Cathay Pacific

  • The Marco Polo Club Diamond® = oneworld Emerald
  • The Marco Polo Club Gold® = oneworld Sapphire
  • The Marco Polo Club Silver® = oneworld Ruby
  • The Marco Polo Club Green® = no equivalent for basic membership

Finnair

  • Finnair Plus Platinum = oneworld Emerald
  • Finnair Plus Gold = oneworld Sapphire
  • Finnair Plus = oneworld Ruby

Iberia

  • Iberia Plus Platinum = oneworld Emerald
  • Iberia Plus Gold = oneworld Sapphire
  • Iberia Plus Silver = oneworld Ruby
  • Iberia Plus Clásica = no equivalent for basic membership
  • Iberia Plus Kids = no equivalent for kids membership

Japan Airlines

  • JGC Diamond/JMB Diamond® = oneworld Emerald
  • JGC Premier® = oneworld Emerald
  • JGC Sapphire/JMB Sapphire® = oneworld Sapphire
  • JGC Crystal/JGC® Member = oneworld Sapphire
  • JMB Crystal® = oneworld Ruby
  • JMB® Member = no equivalent for basic membership

LATAM

  • Fidelidade Black = oneworld Emerald
  • Fidelidade Black Signature = oneworld Emerald
  • Pass Black = oneworld Emerald
  • Pass Black Signature = oneworld Emerald
  • Fidelidade Platinum = oneworld Sapphire
  • Pass Platinum = oneworld Sapphire
  • Fidelidad Gold = oneworld Ruby
  • Pass Gold = oneworld Ruby

Malaysia Airlines

  • Enrich Platinum® = oneworld Emerald
  • Enrich Gold® = oneworld Sapphire
  • Enrich Silver® = oneworld Ruby
  • Enrich Blue® = no equivalent for basic membership

Qantas

  • Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum/Platinum One® = oneworld Emerald
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold® = oneworld Sapphire
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver® = oneworld Ruby
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer Bronze® = no equivalent for basic membership

Qatar Airways

  • Privilege Club Platinum = oneworld Emerald
  • Privilege Club Gold = oneworld Sapphire
  • Privilege Club Silver = oneworld Ruby
  • Privilege Club Burgundy = no equivalent for basic membership

Royal Jordanian

  • Royal Plus Frequent Flyer Platinum® = oneworld Emerald
  • Royal Plus Frequent Flyer Gold® = oneworld Sapphire
  • Royal Plus Frequent Flyer Silver® = oneworld Ruby
  • Royal Plus Blue® = no equivalent for basic membership

S7 Airlines

  • Priority Platinum® = oneworld Emerald
  • Priority Gold® = oneworld Sapphire
  • Priority Silver® = oneworld Ruby
  • Priority® = no equivalent for basic membership

SriLankan Airlines

  • FlySmiLes Platinum = oneworld Emerald
  • FlySmiLes Gold = oneworld Sapphire
  • FlySmiLes Classic = oneworld Ruby
  • FlySmiLes Blue = no equivalent for basic membership

Global Support Teams/Counters

Oneworld offers a Global Support Team service in select airports around the world. These teams consist of connection experts that are ready to assist in person with transfers between member airline flights.

This is achieved through the constant monitoring of connecting flights. If a Global Support agent deems your flight connection at risk, they will meet and assist you whenever possible. This may include the use of fast-track immigration and security lanes to assist in catching the next flight.

Additionally, this service is extended to member baggage to increase the likelihood of the baggage accompanying the member to the final destination.

Similarly, the Global Support Team assists in providing services if a member has missed a connecting flight. These services can include updated travel information, new boarding passes, and assistance with overnight accommodations (where applicable).

Oneworld Global Support Counters can be found at the following airports:

  • London Heathrow (LHR)
  • Boston Logan (BOS)
  • Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Helsinki (HEL)
  • Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Los Angeles International (LAX)
  • Madrid-Barajas (MAD)
  • Miami International (MIA)
  • New York (JFK)
  • Tokyo-Narita (NRT)

Global Travel

Due to the number of cooperating airlines, providing travelers with opportunities for global travel is simplified within alliance networks.

Oneworld provides the following global travel options:

  • Round The World Fares
    • Oneworld explorer
    • Global explorer
  • Multi-Continent Fares
    • Circle Atlantic
    • Circle Pacific
    • Circle Trip Explorer
    • Circle Asia & South West Pacific
  • Single Continent Fares
    • Africa
    • Asia
    • Japan
    • Japan TOHOKU
    • Australia & New Zealand
    • Malaysia
    • South America
    • Europe
    • North America
    • Middle East
    • South Asian Sub-Continent

For more information on these fares, please visit the global travel option page on oneworld.com.

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