oneworld Alliance Guide

Maximise how you earn and redeem points with the 14 partner airlines in the oneworld Alliance.

By joining the frequent flyer program of any of its member airlines, you automatically gain access to the oneworld Alliance and its extended offering of flights, merchants and services. Apart from the advantages of sheer variety and volume, this also increases your opportunities for earning and redeeming frequent flyer points. On top of that, the oneworld Alliance also opens up a world of exclusive lounge facilities, quality customer service and cost savings.

What is the oneworld Alliance?

The oneworld Alliance is a global airline alliance comprising 14 major world-class air carriers and about 30 airline affiliates. These airlines cover 1,010 destinations in 159 countries with 13,796 daily departures. By pooling these airlines together, the alliance offers its frequent flyer members a smoother, more comfortable journey with more flight connections, enhanced service and greater value for money. It also allows members to earn and redeem frequent flyer points when flying with partnered airlines. Plus, the more points you earn, the higher you’ll move up the oneworld Alliance status levels and the more benefits you’ll enjoy.

Member airlines of the oneworld Alliance
AirBerlin Finnair Malaysia Airlines S7 Airlines
American Airlines Iberia Qantas SriLankan Airlines
British Airways Japan Airlines Qantas Airways
Cathay Pacific LATAM Royal Jordanian


oneworld Alliance Status levels

Even though you earn miles and levels from your chosen airline’s frequent flyer program, oneworld Alliance has its own membership tier names: Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. To find out what your oneworld tier status is, consult your frequent flyer program or use the tool on the “My oneworld tier status” page. You earn miles towards your tier status with every eligible oneworld flight flown. The table below shows the three oneworld tiers and their benefits. We’ve also included the number of Qantas Status Credits you’ll need to earn each year to attain these status tiers.

Benefits Ruby Sapphire Emerald
Priority Business Class check-in No No No
Preferred and pre-reserved seating (where offered) No No No
Priority standby and waitlisting No No No
Extra baggage allowance No No
Priority baggage handling No No
Access to airport lounges Business Class and frequent flyer lounges with one guest (Qantas domestic Business Class lounge excluded) Premium First Class, Business Class and frequent flyer lounges with one guest when travelling internationally
Priority First Class check-in No
Fast track at security lanes (where available) No
Priority boarding No
Qantas Status Credits required 300 status credits in one year (Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver) 700 status credits in one year (Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold) 1,400 status credits in one year (Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum / Platinum One)

How can I access oneworld airline lounges?

Enjoy access to 650 airport lounges around the world if you’re a oneworld Emerald or Sapphire member or if you’re departing on a First or Business Class flight marketed and operated by any oneworld Alliance member airline, with the following exceptions:

  • Arrival lounges
  • Spa and pre-flight dining facilities
  • British Airways Concorde lounges
  • Restricted lounges during peak periods

Credit cards with frequent flyer programs in the oneworld Alliance

At this time in Australia, the Qantas Frequent Flyer program is the only oneworld Alliance member with linked credit cards for directly earning frequent flyer points. However, American Express credit cards also let you transfer membership points to transfer partners, including the Qantas Frequent Flyer, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles and Malaysia Airlines Enrich programs.

How to join the oneworld Alliance

To become a oneworld Alliance member, simply join the frequent flyer program of one of its member airlines. Since these are independently managed by the respective airlines, different eligibility requirements can apply. General criteria may include applicants being at least 16 years old, but parents can usually apply on behalf of younger children. Please refer to your chosen frequent flyer program for more information.

When deciding which airline frequent flyer program to join in order to gain oneworld membership, it is advisable to choose the airline you fly with most frequently. If you’re unsure about which one to choose, research and compare the available options to find the frequent flyer program that will help you reach your rewards goals.

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Sally McMullen is an editor at who is a credit cards, frequent flyer and travel money expert by day and music maven by night.

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    johnJanuary 4, 2015

    what alliance are Chile…..SKY AIRLINE (H) are part of please?

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      ElizabethJanuary 5, 2015Staff

      Hi John,

      Thanks for your question.

      Sky Airline doesn’t appear to be a part of any of the major airline alliances, however they have partners with certain other airlines, such as Avianca of Colombia.

      I hope this has helped.



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    bryanJuly 13, 2014

    can you combine flyer mile from other airlines like American and British or is it just each separately

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      ShirleyJuly 14, 2014Staff

      Hi Bryan,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can’t combine miles from separate frequent flyer accounts, but you can use your miles to redeem for flights from another airline and vice versa, as long as they are affiliated.


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    RobertApril 20, 2013

    I would like a credit card that earns Qantas Frequent Flyer points but seem to be only able to find ones in Australia. I reside in the UK. Could you let me know if there are any UK banks that offer this service.
    Many thanks

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      DeanFebruary 24, 2014

      Hi Robert,

      Did you have any joy with this ? I’m in the same situation as you.


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      JacobApril 22, 2013Staff

      Hi Robert. Thanks for your question. You can earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points with Diner’s Club credit cards; however, I am unaware if this is available to card holders in England. A thought though – you can use points between Oneworld Alliance Partners – so if you can’t earn Qantas Frequent flyer points, you can use points from another frequent flyer program on Qantas flights. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Jacob.

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