oneworld Alliance overview

Book round-the-world flights and enjoy frequent flyer benefits across the oneworld alliance network.

The oneworld alliance is designed to give you seamless flight options and frequent flyer privileges when you travel around the world. It has 13 partner airlines – including Qantas, American Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific – as well as many affiliated brands. In 2018, it also launched the oneworld connect program to bring more airlines into the alliance.
As well as smoother flight connections, the oneworld alliance gives you a way to enjoy similar frequent flyer status perks, points and rewards across its partner airlines. This includes lounge access and the opportunity to use your points for round-the-world trips. This guide covers the key details of the oneworld alliance and how it can help you get frequent flyer benefits across the globe.

What you'll find in this guide

Which airlines belong to the oneworld alliance?

American Airlines

British Airways

Cathay Pacific

Finnair

Iberia

Japan Airlines

LATAM

Malaysia Airlines

Qantas

Qatar Airways

Royal Jordanian

SriLankan Airways

S7 Airlines

oneworld alliances

oneworld connect

In 2018, oneworld launched a new platform called "oneworld connect", which allows smaller airlines to join the network. If you're a frequent flyer member of one of the 13 full alliance members, oneworld connect will allow you to enjoy status benefits and other frequent flyer perks through even more airlines. The first oneworld connect partner is Fiji Airways, although an official start date for the partnership is yet to be announced.

oneworld affiliate airlines

The oneworld alliance also has a number of affiliates that operate in conjunction with the main member airlines. For example, while Qantas is a full member, the regional-focused QantasLink is an affiliate. These affiliates extend the network of carriers and flights that you can choose from when booking travel through the oneworld alliance.

What are the benefits of flying with oneworld alliance partners?

The airlines that make up this alliance have banded together to give you more options when you want to travel overseas, including flight connections and partnerships that allow you to visit a wider range of destinations. To give you an idea of how this works, below are some of the key benefits you can enjoy through this network of airlines.

Global travel options

Collectively, oneworld partner airlines fly to more than 1,000 destinations in over 150 countries around the world. This means partner airlines can offer you a wider range of overseas flight options, while also checking your baggage all the way through.

The alliance also offers a range of multi-stop ticketing options, including round-the-world fares. For example, the oneworld Explorer fare packages available through the Qantas website allow you to plan trips across a minimum of four continents, with prices starting from $4,492 per person in economy or $12,676 in business class.

Round-the-world reward flights

One of the most popular benefits of the oneworld alliance is the ability to use your frequent flyer points to book round-the-world trips. These reward flights can offer a high level of value compared to other flight options because you're visiting more destinations.

For example, an economy round-the-world Classic Flight Reward with Qantas starts from 140,000 points (plus fees and taxes) and offers up to five stopovers. In comparison, a return flight from Sydney to London would cost 120,000 Qantas Points, suggesting you could get a lot more value from the round-the-world option.

Airport lounge access

The oneworld alliance gives you access to a wider range of lounges when you're travelling in business or first class, or if you have an eligible level of frequent flyer status with a partner airline. Depending on your frequent flyer status and flights, this could give you a way to enjoy lounges in airports even when they are operated by a different airline to the one you're travelling with.

Frequent flyer points

If you have frequent flyer membership with a oneworld airline, you can also earn frequent flyer points when travelling with any partner – as long as the fare is eligible to earn points. You'll also be able to use your points to fly on any member airline, provided there's a seat available.

Compare credit cards that earn points through oneworld alliance airlines

Rates last updated November 20th, 2018
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
Qantas Premier Platinum
100,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$149 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($299 p.a. thereafter)
Get 70,000 bonus Qantas points when you meet the spend criteria and 30,000 more when you pay the second year's annual fee (100,000 total).
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
90,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$295 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Collect 90,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 within 60 days of account opening. Plus, a $295 annual fee in the first year.
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$199 p.a.
Enjoy 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within the first 3 months. Plus, complimentary travel insurance.
Qantas Premier Everyday
20,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
0% p.a. for 9 months (reverts to 19.99% p.a.)
$49 p.a.
Take advantage of 20,000 bonus Qantas Points, a 0% p.a. purchase and balance transfer offers. Plus, complimentary overseas travel insurance.
American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Bundle - Qantas - Exclusive Offer
90,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
0.5
20.24% p.a.
$50 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($249 p.a. thereafter)
finder Exclusive:
Up to 90,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the criteria with this dual Visa (issued & serviced by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex).
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
120,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$425 p.a.
Earn 120,000 bonus Qantas Points & $150 back when you spend $7,500 in the first 3 months. Plus, 75 Status Credits and lounge passes.
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle - Qantas
120,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1.25
0.75
20.24% p.a.
$300 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($499 p.a. thereafter)
Score up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the T&C with Mastercard (issued by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex).
Westpac Altitude Platinum Card - Qantas
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
20.24% p.a.
$50 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($200 p.a. thereafter)
Earn 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 90 days of card approval. Plus, a $50 first year annual fee.
St.George Amplify Signature - Qantas
80,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
19.49% p.a.
$179 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Enjoy 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 within 90 days and 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn uncapped Qantas Points on purchases, pay $0 annual fee for life and take advantage of a 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer offer.

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oneworld alliance frequent flyer status levels

Each oneworld alliance airline has its own frequent flyer program, with different levels of status based on how often you fly with them (among other things). As the names for these status levels are different depending on your frequent flyer program, oneworld has established three status levels that allow you to get similar benefits when you fly with another partner airline.

For example, Silver Qantas Frequent Flyer status gives you Ruby oneworld status, while Diamond status with Cathay Pacific's Marco Polo Club would give you Emerald oneworld status.

oneworld status benefits

Ruby
  • Priority check-in for business class
  • Preferred or pre-reserved seating
  • Priority waitlists

Sapphire
Ruby level benefits, plus:

  • Business class lounge access
  • Priority boarding
  • Extra baggage allowance
  • Priority baggage handling
Emerald
Ruby and Sapphire level benefits, plus:
  • Priority security checks at selected airports
  • Priority first class check-in
  • First class lounge access

Some of these benefits are subject to availability based on the airports you're visiting and your fares.

What are the different oneworld status levels for Qantas Frequent Flyers?

If you're a Qantas Frequent Flyer member and want to know what status benefits you'll get with other oneworld airlines, here's a look at how it matches up:

Qantas Frequent Flyer Status oneworld status
Bronze None
Silver Ruby
Gold Sapphire
Platinum and Platinum One Emerald
The oneworld alliance makes it easier for you to travel around the world on a network of airlines that also offers you frequent flyer perks. However, there are other similar airline networks around the world, including the Star Alliance and individual airline partnerships. So, if you like to shop around for the most affordable flights or if you're a member of a different frequent flyer program, it's still worth looking at other options before you book your next trip.
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18 Responses

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    NeilAugust 8, 2018

    Hi,

    Between May and mid August 2019, I want to travel from Melbourne to London, then Paris to New York then Los Angeles to Melbourne, preferably business class utilizing Qantas/one world alliance combining $ + points. Would it be possible to do so on a round the world type circle deal? Would it be cheaper than doing each flight individually or would I be best suited to book each leg individually?

    • finder Customer Care
      JeniAugust 16, 2018Staff

      Hi Neil,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Some travellers find booking their multi destination flights on a round-the-world type much easier than individual booking since checking booked flights with member airlines is more convenient. Whether you book your multi destination flights individually or on round-the-world type, you can still choose between different fare options, depending on your budget and your journey.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    robApril 4, 2018

    How do I go about preparing a ‘Circle Pacific ” fare with One World partner airlines in order to compare the fare options to direct fare bookings with one airline. I am interested in flying from Australia to NW US.

    • finder Customer Care
      AshApril 4, 2018Staff

      Hi Rob,

      Thank you for reaching out to us.

      To avail the Circle Pacific fare, you may book your trip/s according to OneWorld’s criteria through their partner airlines as we currently do not have a direct link for them. You may also visit OneWorld’s webpage under Global travel options to book your flight/s and know more about their Terms and Conditions.

      Alternatively, you may look into this page for the latest flight sales that you may take advantage of.

      I hope this helps.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out to us again if you have additional questions.

      Cheers,
      Ash

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    GraceMarch 4, 2018

    I have approx. 28, 00 mile with american advantage and approx. 17,000 miles with British Airways.
    Can I merge these points to receive a travel award which requires 45,000 miles?

    • finder Customer Care
      KathyMarch 5, 2018Staff

      Hi Grace,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder, a leading comparison website and general information service.

      Unfortunately, it’s not possible to transfer your points from one frequent flyer program to another because different programs have different terms and conditions surrounding how you earn points and what they can be spent on. However, it is possible to redeem your frequent flyer points for flights and rewards with another airline if it happens to be a ‘partner airline’ of your chosen flight provider. For more information, you can go to this page.

      Hope this helps!

      Kind regards,

      Kathy

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    AnnieJuly 15, 2017

    I am a one world Emerald member and booked my ticket on Qantas airlines. Noting that I will be enjoying my Emerald entitlement by flying in one world airlines. Did not realize that it was a co-shared with Emirates. Not only I could not check in online. When I arrive early at the airport, I was not able to arrange to be seated with my children nor use the lounge. The promised to arrange our seats were ignored. My Emerald status is totally ignored

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      LiezlJuly 15, 2017

      Hi Annie,

      Thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry to hear about the inconvenience you and your kids had experienced.

      oneworld benefits are available only when travelling on flights that are both operated and marketed by a oneworld member airline. Since this co-shared Qantas flight is operated by Emirates Airline, which is not a oneworld member, hence you weren’t able to use your oneworld frequent flyer privileges. These QF coded flights prioritised Qantas Frequent Flyer and Emirates Skywards members. It’s always a good idea to confirm with the airline whether you’ll be able to use your oneworld benefits with them.

      Kind regards,
      Liezl

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    peterJanuary 18, 2017

    Can I use Qantas points to purchase tickets on other one world alliance airline flights?

    • finder Customer Care
      LouJanuary 18, 2017Staff

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for your question.

      Yes, you can redeem your points for flights with Qantas and its Oneworld Alliance partner airlines. Please refer to this page to check our guide on where you could redeem your Qantas points.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    pradipSeptember 9, 2015

    I Pradip frequent flier and for my wife Sampriti travelled on 15oct and then 17nov, till today my points are not credited in my account, request you pls look into this and credit my points.

    • finder Customer Care
      SallySeptember 10, 2015Staff

      Hi Pradip,

      Thank you for your question.

      Just to confirm, you have come through to finder.com.au, not oneworld Alliance or another frequent flyer program. As such, we’re unable to access your account information and confirm the status of your points.

      I would suggest that you get in contact with your relevant frequent flyer program directly to confirm when your points will appear in your account.

      Thanks,

      Sally

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    nicoJune 27, 2015

    Hi – I am wondering what the procedure is if I wish to use some left over Malaysia Airlines ff points with say Qantas or other oneworld partners – it seems no matter how hard I look the partners seem reluctant to provide much assistance in regard to this question.
    thanks
    Nico

    • finder Customer Care
      SallyJune 30, 2015Staff

      Hi Nico,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can see the full list of oneworld alliance partners here. As explained on this page, you can redeem your airline points with other airlines included within the alliance. However, some exclusions may apply.

      As stated on the Qantas website, you should be able to use your Malaysia Airlines frequent flyer points for Classic Flight Rewards with Qantas.

      I’ve sent you a link to the Malaysia Airlines oneworld website which explains how you can earn and redeem points within the oneworld alliance.

      I hope this has helped.

      Thanks,

      Sally

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    PhilipMay 26, 2015

    Can I join more than 1 Oneworld participating airline, frequent flyer programme?

    • finder Customer Care
      SallyMay 27, 2015Staff

      Hi Philip,

      Thank you for your question.

      Yes, you can access a number of airline’s frequent flyer benefits through Oneworld Alliance. The Oneworld Alliance frequent flyer program allows you to earn miles/points across any of the eligible airlines included within the Oneworld Alliance network.

      A list of the airlines included in the alliance can be located here.

      I hope this has answered your question.

      Thanks,

      Sally

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    JudithMay 18, 2015

    Is Thai airline a frequent flyer partner

    • finder Customer Care
      SallyMay 19, 2015Staff

      Hi Judith,

      Thank you for your question.

      Unfortunately, Thai Airways are not partnered with oneworld alliance.

      Please visit the oneworld alliance website for a full list of their partners.

      I hope this has answered your question.

      Thanks,

      Sally.

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