Getting to know the airline alliances and partner programs is a must if you want to earn award travel to other countries and parts of the world. You can earn frequent flyer points or miles through a US domestic airline, and then book a trip to another country on one of their airline partners, or vice versa.
Below is some must know information on the 3 main airline alliances. Knowing an airline's domestic and international airline partners is vital to knowing how you can get the most out of your frequent flyer programs and travel award credit cards and airline award credit cards.
One World Alliance This is American Airlines' alliance of airline partners. The rest of the alliance members are all international airline companies, including Air Berlin (Germany), Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong), Finnair (Finland), Iberia (Spain), Japan Airlines Japan), Lan (Chile), Tam Airlines (Brazil), Malaysia Airways (Malaysia), Qantas (Australia), Qatar Airways (Qatar), Royal Jordanian (Jordan), S7 Airlines (Russia), and SriLankan Airlines (Sri Lanka).
Sky Team Alliance This is Delta Airlines' alliance of airline partners. All other Sky Team members are international airline companies, including Aeromexico (Mexico), Air Europa (Spain), Air France (France), Vietnam Airlines (Vietnam), Czech Airlines (Czech Republic), China Airlines (China), China Eastern (China), China Southern (China), Aeroflot Airline (Russia), Korean Air (South Korea), Kenya Airways (Kenya), MEA Airlines (Lebanon), Saudia (Saudi Arabia), Tarom Airlines (Romania), and KLM Airline (Netherlands).
Star AllianceThis is United Airlines' alliance of airline partners around the world, including Air New Zealand (New Zealand), ANA (Japan), Asiana Airlines (South Korea), Austrian Airlines (Austria), Avianca Airline (Colombia), Brussels Airlines (Belgium), Copa Airlines (Panama), Croatia Airlines (Croatia), EgyptAir (Egypt), Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopia), Eva Air (Taiwan), LOT Polish Airlines (Poland), Lufthansa (Germany), Scandanavian Airlines (Sweden), Shenzen Airlines (China), Singapore Airlines (Singapore), South African Airways (South Africa), Swiss Air (Switzerland), TAP Portugal (Portugal), and THAI Airways (Thailand).
Some airlines that do not belong to these Airline Alliances have their own partnership deals. Alaska Airlines and Jet Blue are 2 examples. For example, Alaska Airlines has partnership deals with Aeromexico, Air France/KLM, American Air, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Condor, Emirates, Fiji Air, Finnair, Hainan Air, Japan Air, Korean Air, Latam, and Qantas.
Get to know these airline alliances and take advantage of your airline frequent flyer programs to travel to anywhere in the world. Here is some information about airline credit cards for various airlines: