The 3 Global Airline Alliances

The 3 global airline alliances are vital in the world of travel rewards. Why? Each airline’s points program allows you to book flights on all the partner airlines in the same alliance, giving you many more options to maximize your points.

Thinking you have to use your points with the airline they “belong” to is myth #24 of the 25 travel rewards myths that every beginner needs to stop believing in. Another myth is that traveling is the fastest way to earn points (it really isn’t).

But thanks to alliances, you can at least earn points for all the flights that you take with all the airlines in an alliance… without having to create an account with every one of them (and without being stuck with tiny balances in 50 different programs). You can download our free cheat sheet with the direct sign-up links for the key travel rewards programs for Canadians.

So here are all 3 alliances and their member airlines.

Keep in mind that:

  • many of the member airlines have affiliated airlines that aren’t necessarily listed here
  • many individual airlines also have non-alliance (independent) partners

And don’t miss our upcoming map of each alliance’s main hubs if you are a visual learner (sign up for free).

 

Star Alliance

  • Member airlines: 26
  • Additional affiliated airlines: 40
  • Airports served: 1,294
  • Fleet size: 5,033
  • Annual passengers carried: 762M (#1 of 3)
  • Key program for Canadians: Air Canada Aeroplan

 

Star Alliance member airlines

Here is the Star Alliance breakdown by region:

Americas

  • Air Canada (Canada)
  • United (USA)
  • Copa Airlines (Panama)
  • Avianca (Colombia/Ecuador/Costa Rica/El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras)

Europe

  • Lufthansa (Germany)
  • SWISS (Switzerland)
  • Austrian (Austria)
  • Brussels Airlines (Belgium)
  • LOT Polish Airlines (Poland)
  • SAS (Sweden/Norway/Denmark)
  • TAP Air Portugal (Portugal)
  • Aegean (Greece)
  • Croatia Airlines (Croatia)

Middle East & Africa

  • Turkish Airlines (Turkey)
  • Ethiopian (Ethiopia)
  • Egyptair (Egypt)
  • South African Airways (South Africa)

Asia

  • ANA (Japan)
  • Air China (China)
  • Shenzhen Airlines (China)
  • Thai (Thailand)
  • Singapore Airlines (Singapore)
  • EVA Air (Taiwan)
  • Asiana Airlines (South Korea)
  • Air India (India)

Oceania

  • Air New Zealand (New Zealand)

 

oneworld

  • Member airlines: 14
  • Additional affiliated airlines: 13
  • Airports served: 1,012
  • Fleet size: 3,296
  • Annual passengers carried: 490M (#3 of 3)
  • Key program for Canadians: British Airways Executive Club Avios

 

oneworld member airlines

Here is the oneworld breakdown by region:

Americas

  • American Airlines (USA)
  • Alaska Airlines (USA—joining in 2020)

Europe

  • British Airways (United Kingdom)
  • Iberia (Spain)
  • Finnair (Finland)
  • S7 Airlines (Russia)

Middle East & Africa

  • Qatar Airways (Qatar)
  • Royal Air Maroc (Morocco)
  • Royal Jordanian (Jordan)

Asia

  • Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong)
  • Japan Airlines (Japan)
  • Malaysia Airlines (Malaysia)
  • SriLankan Airlines (Sri Lanka)

Oceania

  • Qantas (Australia)

 

SkyTeam

  • Member airlines: 19
  • Additional affiliated airlines: 2
  • Airports served: 1,150
  • Fleet size: 3,054
  • Annual passengers carried: 630M (#2 of 3)
  • Key program for Canadians: Delta SkyMiles

 

SkyTeam member airlines

Here is the oneworld breakdown by region:

Americas

  • Delta (USA)
  • AeroMexico (Mexico)
  • Aerolíneas Argentinas (Argentina)

Europe

  • Air France (France)
  • KLM (Netherlands)
  • Alitalia (Italy)
  • Aeroflot (Russia)
  • TAROM (Romania)
  • CSA Czech Airlines (Czechia)
  • Air Europa (Spain)

Middle East & Africa

  • Kenya Airways (Kenya)
  • MEA (Lebanon)
  • Saudia (Saudi Arabia)

Asia

  • China Airlines (Taiwan)
  • China Eastern (China)
  • Xiamen Air (China)
  • Korean Air (South Korea)
  • Vietnam Airlines (Vietnam)
  • Garuda Indonesia (Indonesia)

 

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Summary

The 3 global airline alliances are what enable you to fly all over the world with your airline rewards points.

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He shares his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to travel rewards points... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 61/193 Countries, 46/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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