oneworld Alliance overview

With 13 partner airlines and 30 affiliated carriers, discover how oneworld can help you get frequent flyer benefits across the globe.

Founded in 1999, the oneworld alliance brings together a vast network of airlines around the world. Covering 155 countries and 850 destination airports, it holds its headquarters in New York City. With the slogan :an alliance of the world’s leading airlines working as one", it aims to be the primary airline alliance of choice among the world's frequent travellers.

oneworld member airlines

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

Are there any other affiliate airlines?

Aside from full member airlines, the oneworld alliance has other affiliate members which are mostly regional airlines that are operated or owned by the alliance's full members. Through the help of these affiliates, oneworld is able to extend its coverage.

All of the full oneworld member airlines work together to provide world-class service, endless rewards and benefits for every frequent traveller. Oneworld was the first global alliance to introduce inter-line ticketing among member airlines, and aims to make every travel experience enjoyable with smooth transfers and greater flexibility across the network.

oneworld connect

In 2018, oneworld launched a new airline membership 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, this platform will allow you to enjoy status benefits and other frequent flyer perks through even more airlines. In June 2018, oneworld announced Fiji Airways as the first airline to be linked to the oneworld alliance through this program – with more expected to follow.

Status levels and benefits

Aside from full member airlines, the oneworld alliance has other affiliate members which are mostly regional airlines that are operated or owned by the alliance's full members. Through the help of these affiliates, oneworld is able to extend its coverage.

All of the member airlines above are committed to working together to provide world-class service, endless rewards and benefits for every frequent traveller. Oneworld was the first global alliance to introduce inter-line ticketing among member airlines, and aims to make every travel experience enjoyable with smooth transfers and greater flexibility across the network. To find out more about these airlines please read on.

Status levels and benefits

Like the Star Alliance, oneworld also has three status tiers which members can climb. In most cases, having a membership in a frequent flyer program for an airline which is part of the alliance will give you the equivalent oneworld status.

Here are the benefits you can expect from the three different status levels.

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

  • Sapphire
    Ruby level benefits
    Business class lounge access
    Priority boarding

  • Emerald
    Ruby and Sapphire level benefits
    Extra baggage allowance
    Priority security checks at selected airports
    First class lounge access and priority first class check in

What are the benefits of flying with a oneworld partner?

More rewards options

Like the other airline alliances, being a member of oneworld will allow you to earn frequent flyer points when travelling with any partner—provided the fare is eligible to earn points. This benefit is extended to redeeming points. You’ll be able to use your points to fly on any member airline, provided that there’s a seat available.

Greater lounge access

Being a member of the oneworld alliance gets you access to a staggering number of lounges, depending on your membership level. For example at Sydney airport an Emerald oneworld member could use the services of the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge or the Qantas Domestic Business, International Business, International First, or Qantas Club lounges.

Cheaper travelling solutions

If you plan to travel extensively within one continent, or fly extensively around the world, you can do so using one of oneworld’s special fares.

oneworld Explorer

This fare lets you book a trip flying with oneworld airlines through each continent. You can decide on your itinerary, including your destinations stopovers and fare class.

Global Explorer

Certain airlines aren’t affiliated with oneworld directly, but rather than not be able to travel to the countries they operate in, oneworld allows you to add them into this fare type. This means you can travel with Aer Lingus, Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, Fiji Airways, Meridana fly, Sri Lankan Airlines, WestJet and Qantas code-share flights operated by Air Tahiti Nui, Jetstar, South African Airways and more.

Multi-continent fares

oneworld offers a number of fares for flying to different continents for instances when you don’t want to fly around the globe. These include:

  • Circle Atlantic - This is valid for travel which starts and finishes in Europe and the Middle East, North America or South America.
  • Circle Pacific - This is available for travels which start and end in Asia, Southwest Pacific (including Australia and New Zealand), North America and South America.
  • Circle Trip Explorer - This allows you to travel through four continents during your voyage. These include Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and South West Pacific (exclusions apply).
  • Circle Asia & South West Pacific - This allows you to start and finish travel in North East Asia, South East Asia and South West Pacific.

You can still claim miles for your Emirates flights, as long as it was flown up to two months before you registered for Emirates.

Single-continent fares

oneworld gives you the ability to organise multi-destination flights within a continent, which is useful for travelling to large countries or continents. You also benefit from simpler pricing.

Corporate travel benefits

oneworld has a range of solutions for those organising and attending corporate functions around the globe.

Organisers

As an event organiser you’ll benefit from tools which will make your event easier to plan and easier for attendees to reach. You’ll also receive a link so attendees can get cheaper fares, and can use the oneworld promotional toolkit, which you can use to drum up awareness about your event.

Remember to use oneworld’s services for an event there must be approximately 500 attendants from a minimum of two regions, and requests can be made up to three months before the event.

Attendees

As an attendee, using oneworld will get you discounted flights, the ability to earn points on your flight and take advantage of frequent flyer privileges such as faster check in and security lanes.

Oneworld member airlines

oneworld alliances

How you could earn points with partner airlines

Rates last updated September 24th, 2018
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
Qantas Premier Everyday
40,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter)
Take advantage of up to 40,000 bonus Qantas Points, a $0 first year annual fee plus complimentary overseas travel insurance.
St.George Amplify Signature - Qantas - Online Offer
90,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
19.49% p.a.
$179 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Offers 90,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 within 90 days, two yearly Qantas Club lounge passes and a reduced first year annual fee.
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.
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$199 p.a.
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 3 months of card approval, plus enjoy complimentary travel insurance.
Qantas Premier Platinum
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$299 p.a.
Get 60,000 bonus Qantas points and a $300 Qantas Flight Voucher when you spend $4,000 in 90 days. Plus, complimentary lounge passes.
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.
St.George Amplify Platinum
50,000 bonus points
Amplify Rewards / Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Receive 50,000 bonus Amplify or Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and earn 0.5 Qantas Points or 1 Amplify Point per $1 spent.
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.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum
50,000 bonus points
Amplify Rewards / Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Earn 50,000 bonus Amplify or Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and earn 0.5 Qantas Points or 1 Amplify Point per $1 spent.
American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Bundle - Qantas
75,000 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)
Up to 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the criteria with this dual Visa (issued & serviced by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex).
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
55,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1.5
20.74% p.a.
$450 p.a.
Receive 55,000 bonus Qantas Points, a $450 Qantas Travel Credit each year and 2 yearly complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature
90,000 bonus points
Amplify Rewards / Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Get 90,000 bonus Amplify or Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 within 90 days and earn up to 1.5 Amplify or 0.75 Qantas Points per $1 spent.
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).
Bankwest Qantas World Mastercard
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.66
20.49% p.a.
$270 p.a.
Earn uncapped Qantas Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases, pay 0% foreign transaction fees and receive complimentary travel insurance.
Bankwest Qantas Platinum Mastercard
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
20.49% p.a.
$160 p.a.
Enjoy 0% foreign transaction fees, complimentary travel insurances and earn 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases.
Bankwest Qantas Mastercard
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
20.49% p.a.
$100 p.a.
Receive a complimentary Qantas Frequent Flyer membership and earn 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases.

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American Airlines

One of the founding members of oneworld, American Airlines offers a new travel experience and connects travellers to a vast network of both international and domestic destinations. As a member of its frequent travel program, you can accumulate points for each eligible flight and redeem them for rewards across the oneworld network.

British Airways

Serving more than 170 destinations around the world, British Airways is among the world’s top-rated airlines and another founding member of the oneworld alliance. As a member of its frequent flyer program you earn points towards your tier status and can redeem your points across the entire alliance network.

Cathay Pacific

Another oneworld founding member, Cathay Pacific Airways is registered and based in Hong Kong and services more than 110 destinations around the world. You earn your miles through its frequent flyer program every time you travel on an eligible oneworld flight, and you can exchange points for rewards within the entire alliance network.

Finnair

An eco-smart airline, Finnair services more than 65 destinations in 30 countries, including 13 major cities in Asia. Its frequent flyer program gives members the chance to take advantage of exclusive offers and benefits. You earn miles for each eligible oneworld flight taken and can redeem your miles across the oneworld alliance network.

Iberia

Enjoy an unforgettable travel experience as you fly with Spain’s flagship airline, Iberia, which travels to approximately 120 destinations across Europe and Latin America. Reap the benefits and advantages of oneworld alliance membership every time you use your frequent flyer membership card. Earn your tier status with each eligible flight for more exclusive privileges.

Japan Airlines

One of the world’s premier airlines, Japan Airlines flies to more than 70 countries worldwide. Oneworld tier status will automatically be awarded each time you fly with Japan Airlines and use your frequent flyer card. Earn miles when purchasing tickets with any oneworld airline and increase your travel rewards.

LATAM

Recognised as the leading airline in South America, LATAM serves more than 70 destinations throughout North and South America, Europe and the Pacific. As the airline is a member of oneworld, frequent flyer members get to enjoy an array of special rewards which includes redemption of miles across the network and premium lounge access.

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines is a five-star carrier that flies to more than 60 destinations worldwide. It has a reputation for world class cabin staff and aims to provide seamless journeys and a world of benefits exclusive to each oneworld member airline, including miles earning and redemption across the network.

Qantas

Another founding member of the oneworld alliance, Qantas ranks among the most recognised airlines in the world for safety and service, and is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline. Frequent flyers enjoy more benefits from the oneworld alliance network.

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines. Travelling to more than 120 destinations worldwide, Qatar Airways aims to offer an excellent level of service. Frequent flyer members can earn miles with partner airlines and get a matching tier on oneworld. They enjoy privileges and recognition on any oneworld flight.

Royal Jordanian

The flagship airline of the Kingdom of Jordan, Royal Jordanian serves more than 60 destinations throughout the Middle East. Turn your travel into rewards as Royal Jordanian status is recognised across all member airlines. Access these benefits that correspond to the tier equivalent to your oneworld status anytime, anywhere.

SriLankan Airlines

SriLakan Airlines is the flagship carrier for Sri Lanka and the largest international airline serving the Maldives. It also has a significant presence in Southern India. Sri Lankan Airlines operates a fleet of more than 20 aircraft and offers business class and economy fares on its flights.

S7 Airlines

Russia’s largest domestic airline—S7 Airlines—services more than 80 destinations throughout Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Every frequent flyer member enjoys greater flexibility and extended rewards and privileges as you earn and redeem your miles and points across the oneworld alliance network.

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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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