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The 3 global airline alliances are vital in the world of travel rewards. Why? Each airline’s rewards 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). It’s with the welcome bonuses offered on the best credit cards. Bur airlines do give you a few points when you fly.

And 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).

For example, if you fly on United Airlines, you can credit the points they give you to your Air Canada Aeroplan account since they are both in Star Alliance (it’s much easier for us Canadians to earn a lot of Aeroplan points to get a reward flight than it is to earn United points).

You can download our free cheat sheet with the direct sign-up links for the 5 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 to get it first).

 

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
  • Best current Star Alliance card: American Express Cobalt Card

 

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

 

oneworld member airlines

 

Here is the oneworld breakdown by region:

Americas

  • American Airlines (USA)
  • Alaska Airlines (USA)

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 or Flying Blue
  • Best current SkyTeam card: American Express Cobalt Card

 

SkyTeam member airlines

 

Here is the SkyTeam 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 the most lucrative travel rewards, which are airline rewards.

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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: 64/193 Countries, 47/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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