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SkyTeam Alliance Airline Network

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With 20 member airlines and 17,343 daily flights to 1,062 destinations in 177 countries, there is a world of frequent flyer perks to discover when you choose the SkyTeam Alliance.

The SkyTeam Alliance was founded in June 2000 when Aeroméxico, Air France, Delta Air and Korean Air realised their vision of forming the first major global airline alliance. What began with four airlines has since become a strong network comprising 20 of the world’s major carriers. SkyTeam manages 665.4 million passengers a year and provides access to 672 airport lounges. The alliance lets customers select from a greater range of flights, have more flexibility and enjoy a wide choice of frequent flyer options. This guide explains how.

How does the SkyTeam Alliance program work?

SkyTeam does not have its own frequent flyer program per se. Instead, membership in any one of its 20 member airlines’ frequent flyer programs gives you access to benefits across the entire global alliance network. In practice, this means that you sign up for the program of the member airline you most frequently use or prefer and accumulate frequent flyer miles that can later be redeemed for flights across all 20 member airlines. Points earned from one member airline can sometimes even be used to upgrade a flight with another member airline. Since each carrier independently manages its own frequent flyer program, please visit the website of your primary program to make redemption bookings. You will also be able to check the terms and conditions of your program, as these differ between schemes.

Benefits of Skyteam Alliance membership

Standard SkyTeam Alliance membership offers perks that include:

  • Miles spend flexibility. Even though you are earning miles in one frequent flyer program, you can spend your miles on flights across 20 airlines.
  • Flight connectivity. With such an extensive network of flights, you can plan a “Round the World Trip” on one single ticket. The “Go Round the World Pass” lets you make up to 15 stops during your journey, on any of the 17,343 daily flights to over 1,000 directions, in any direction. Despite flying on different airlines, you will still earn miles from each one.
  • Round the World Planner. This interactive online tool lets you plan your own trip, add and delete stops, choose flights, compare routes and save your itinerary over multiple sessions.
  • Corporate contracts. SkyTeam offers corporate agreements tailored to meet your company’s business travel needs.
  • Corporate meetings. SkyTeam can also plan global events for your business, including packaging discount airfares for attendees, and providing promotional support materials.
  • Lounge access. SkyTeam Elite Plus members, as well as Business and First Class travellers, enjoy complimentary access to 678 SkyTeam lounges across the world.
  • Guaranteed reservation on sold-out flights. If you are an Elite Plus member you can be assured of a seat on any of SkyTeam’s long-haul flights worldwide.
  • Baggage allowance. SkyTeam Elite members can carry up to 10kg of extra baggage, while SkyTeam Elite Plus members can carry up to an additional 20kg. Both tier members can carry one extra piece of luggage.
  • Priority check-in and boarding. Both Elite and Elite Plus members enjoy the benefits of faster check-in, priority seating and can board at their convenience.

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Skyteam Alliance status levels

As well as the above benefits, you become entitled to more exclusive privileges when you ascend the tier levels of SkyTeam Elite and SkyTeam Elite Plus. Each SkyTeam tier is equated to your primary frequent flyer program’s tier level, and is earned via your primary membership program. However, once you’ve earned elite status in your primary program, you are recognised as a SkyTeam Elite frequent flyer across all 20 member airlines.

Perks of SkyTeam Elite membership

  • Priority reservation waitlist where permitted
  • Priority seating
  • Priority check-in
  • Priority boarding
  • Extra baggage allowance

Benefits of SkyTeam Elite Plus membership

  • Priority reservation waitlist where permitted
  • Priority seating
  • Priority check-in
  • Priority boarding
  • Extra baggage allowance
  • Priority baggage handling on arrival
  • Guaranteed full-fare Y-class tickets (more than 24 hours prior to departure)
  • Airport lounge access worldwide (plus one guest)

The above Elite Plus priority services are branded as “SkyPriority” and are also available to First and Business Class passengers.

Which airlines belong to the SkyTeam Alliance?

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Aeroflot

Russia’s national carrier Aeroflot currently operates flights to 131 destinations in 50 countries, 45 destinations of which are within Russia. It has a fleet of 190, makes 600 daily departures and serves 26.1 million passengers yearly.
aerolineas-logoAerolíneas ArgentinasThis Argentine carrier is one of South America’s leading airlines. Based in Buenos Aires it flies to 18 international destinations in the Americas, Europe and the South Pacific. Within Argentina, Aerolineas Argentinas flies to 35 locations. It serves 58 destinations in total with 248 daily departures and has 8.3 million annual passengers.
aeromexico-logo AeromexicoMexico’s global airline Aeromexico has flights to 78 destinations in 45 countries, including the Unites States, Canada, Central and South America and Europe, as well as direct flights to Asia. It operates 600 daily flights and serves 15.5 million passengers annually.
air-europia-logoAir EuropaHeadquartered in Spain, this European airline flies to 42 destinations in 19 countries including Europe, Western Africa and the Americas. It has a fleet of 43 planes making 184 daily departures, and serves 8.1 million passengers a year.
airfrance-logoAir FranceFrance’s main airline operates 1,500 daily flights in Europe and around the world. It covers 191 destinations, 95 countries and serves 51.6 million passengers each year.
alitalia-logoAlitaliaItaly’s largest airline Alitalia flies to 83 destinations across 41 countries with a fleet of 120. Its daily flight departures stands at 500 and annual passenger count at 23.2 million.
china-airlines-logoChina AirlinesTaiwan's largest airline company China Airlines serves 95 destinations worldwide, connecting Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. It covers 29 countries with 238 daily departures and records 14.1 million annual passengers.
china-eastern-logoChina EasternOne of the three major Chinese airlines, China Eastern flies to 217 destinations across 26 countries. With 1,880 daily flights, this airline transports 79.1 million passengers every year.
china-southern-airlines-logoChina SouthernWith over 1900 flights daily, China Southern’s network spans 190 destinations across 40 countries. It transports 86.5 million passengers yearly, and holds the best flight safety record among Chinese airlines.

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Czech Airlines

The Czech Republic’s flagship carrier, Czech Airlines flies to 40 destinations across 22 countries. With 54 daily departures and fleet of 24, its yearly passenger load stands at 2.8 million people.
delta-airlines-logoDelta Air LinesHeadquartered in Atlanta, this American airline flies to 326 destinations in 59 countries. It offers 5,000 daily departures with a large fleet of 700, and serves a staggering 170 million passengers each year.
garuda-indonesia-logoGaruda IndonesiaIndonesia’s flagship airline Garuda Indonesia flies to 70 destinations worldwide in 59 countries. It operates 534 daily departures and has a yearly passenger load of 19.6 million.
kenya-airwaysKenya AirwaysAfrica’s leading carrier Kenya Airways is based in Nairobi and flies to 62 locations across 48 countries. It serves 3.7 million travellers each year with 154 daily flights.
klm-logoKLMFounded in 1919, Royal Dutch Airlines is based in the Netherlands and remains the world’s oldest carrier operating under its original name. KLM  flies to 144 destinations and covers 74 countries. It makes 616 daily departures and has a yearly passenger count of 26.6 million.
korean-air-logoKorean AirAmong the founding members of the SkyTeam Alliance, Korean Air covers 129 destinations across 46 countries. It operates 430 daily departures and serves 23 million passengers annually.
mea-logoMiddle East Airlines – Air LibanLebanon’s national carrier Middle East Airlines is the leading airline in the region. Based in Beirut, it serves 31 destinations across 21 countries with 62 daily departures. It has a fleet of 17 planes and an annual passenger load of 2.3 million.
saudia-logoSaudiaSaudi Arabia’s flagship carrier is based in Jeddah and flies to 26 domestic and 53 international destinations across 36 countries, with 506 daily departures. It has a fleet of 117 aircraft and an annual passenger count of 25 million.
tarom-logoTaromThis Romanian flagship airline is based in Bucharest and travels to 40 destinations across 24 countries. With 100 departures each day and a fleet of 23 aircraft, the airline serves 2.2 million passengers yearly.
vietnam-airlines-logoVietnam AirlinesConnecting 47 destinations in 18 countries across the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the United States, Vietnam Airlines makes 308 daily departures with a fleet of 82 aircraft, and serves 15 million passengers a year.
xiamen-air-logoXiamen AirXiamen Air operates in south-eastern China and is headquartered in Xiamen. It connects 63 destinations across 9 countries, and serves 18.5 million passengers annually with 646 daily flights and a fleet of 103.

Downfalls of the SkyTeam Alliance Airline Network

  • Frequent flyer-motivated. Most of the Alliance’s benefits are targeted at SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus members, rather than less frequent flyers.
  • Limitations. Some of the Alliance benefits are not extended to certain countries by certain airlines, and the network’s presence in some areas also remains limited, such as the Oceania region.
  • Miles expiry. Depending on your primary airline’s membership program, you may need to redeem your frequent flyer miles before the end of the year, as some airlines reset their miles calculator on the 1st of January each year.[/fin_grid_col]

If you’re interested in becoming a SkyTeam Alliance member, do find out more about the frequent flyer program of your member airline of choice. While this major airline network can offer many perks and conveniences, especially when travelling globally, we always advise that you research and consider all available options before deciding on the one that will serve you best.

Frequently asked questions about SkyTeam Alliance

Is there a special SkyTeam Alliance card?

SkyTeam does not offer a separate alliance card to frequent flyers on its network. It recommends that you join the frequent flyer program of the airline you most frequently travel with, and then take advantage of benefits across the alliance.

How do I redeem frequent flyer miles?

Passengers earn miles on SkyTeam-operated flights and redeem them through their own primary frequent flyer program. Flights and upgrades can be redeemed across the Alliance, but some exceptions apply depending on the route and the class of ticket purchased.

Can I transfer or combine miles?

Each member airline’s frequent flyer program is independent, and miles earned separately on different airlines within the network cannot be combined. This shouldn’t be a problem as long as you have signed up to one frequent flyer program and earn miles on that one program.

How can I check my frequent flyer miles balance?

You can log on to your online frequent flyer account or speak to your airline’s customer care service for details.

What if my frequent flyer miles are not credited?

Again, this is the responsibility of the primary airline with which you’re enrolled. If miles are not credited to your account, you can log on to your online account to request a retroactive credit, or contact your airline’s customer service personnel to rectify the problem.

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2 Responses to SkyTeam Alliance Airline Network

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    Boxingroo | November 18, 2015

    How can I earn miles for the Korean Skypass short of flying the distance? I live in Australia and looks like we have no credit card in here which will accumulate those precious reward points.There is few around the world, yes….but is there any bank here “Down Under” which will allow it?

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      Sally | November 19, 2015

      Hello,

      Thanks for your question.

      At this stage, no Australian credit cards directly link with the Korean Skypass frequent flyer program.

      If you’re looking to earn frequent points on everyday purchases, you can compare other frequent flyer credit cards here.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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