oneworld Alliance Overview

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Learn about one of the largest airline alliances in the world.

Oneworld alliance

Founded in 1999, the oneworld alliance brings together some of the biggest and best airlines in 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.

Member airlines

  • AirBerlin
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Finnair
  • Iberia
  • Japan Airlines
  • LAN
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Jordanian
  • S7 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 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.

Oneworld tiers

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.


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


In addition to the benefits provided by a Ruby membership, Sapphire members also get:

  • Business class lounge access
  • Priority boarding


Emerald members get a number of extra perks in addition to Sapphire members.

  • Extra baggage allowance
  • Priority security checks at selected airports
  • First class lounge access and priority first class check in

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.

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.


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.


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 partners

Oneworld member airlines

1. AirBerlin

Germany’s second largest airline, AirBerlin offers access to 147 destinations worldwide. Aiming to deliver the best possible service, AirBerlin is the airline of choice for more than 33 million travellers. Earn miles towards your tier status for each eligible flight and redeem your miles across the oneworld network as a member of AirBerlin’s frequent flyer program.

4. 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.

7. 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.

10. Qantas

Another founding member of the oneworld alliance, Qantas Airways, originally registered as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited (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.

13. 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.

2. 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.

5. 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.

8. LAN

Recognised as the leading airline in South America, LAN 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.

11. Qatar Airways

Consecutively rated as a five-star airline, 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.

3. 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.

6. 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.

9. Malaysia Airlines

Make your journey extra special by travelling with this five-star airline. It’s also been honoured with having the World’s best cabin staff. Malaysia Airlines flies to more than 60 destinations worldwide. Enjoy seamless journeys and a world of benefits exclusive to each oneworld member airline, including miles earning and redemption across the network.

12. 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.

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8 Responses to oneworld Alliance Overview

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    pradip | September 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.

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      Sally | September 10, 2015

      Hi Pradip,

      Thank you for your question.

      Just to confirm, you have come through to, 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.



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    nico | June 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.

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      Sally | June 30, 2015

      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.



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    Philip | May 26, 2015

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

    • Staff
      Sally | May 27, 2015

      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.



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    Judith | May 18, 2015

    Is Thai airline a frequent flyer partner

    • Staff
      Sally | May 19, 2015

      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.



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