An airline alliance is an organization where multiple airlines agree to cooperate and establish a mutually beneficial relationship for both the businesses and their travelers. These alliances allow for greater inter-connection of flight paths and flight times while stabilizing the prices of flights between otherwise competing airline brands.
Alliances translate your frequent flyer rewards across their member airlines, allowing you to travel with the elite status benefits you’ve earned more often.
There are 3 global airline alliances: Star Alliance, SkyTeam, and OneWorld. Choosing the best airline alliance for you will largely depend on factors such as where you live, where you fly, and your preferred membership benefit programs.
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Star Alliance is the largest airline alliance, so wherever you’re based, you can enjoy perks of loyalty if you’re a silver or gold member. You might already have Star Alliance gold or silver status if you are a frequent flyer at any of the 26 Star Alliance members programs.
Star Alliance partners with 26 airlines, making it easy to find airlines frequenting your local airport, no matter where you live.
Star Alliance’s United Airlines is one of the largest airlines in the world for the number of passengers carried. United’s major hub airports are mainly in the US, including Chicago O’Hare, Denver International, Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles, and Guam airports.
Lufthansa Group is the largest airline group by a different metric—the number of employees. And Turkish Airlines serves more countries than any other airline alone: 121, an unrivaled number amongst competitors.
Along with other formidable allies such as Air Canada and Air China, these airlines together make Star Alliance a powerful force in global aviation. For a full list of Star Alliance airlines, continue below to find our section of Alliance Member Airlines.
SkyTeam operates flights to more than 1000 destinations in over 170 countries all around the world. Domestically in the US, some of the most popular routes include flights to San Francisco, flights to Seattle, and flights to Las Vegas. Internationally, flights to Cancun, Barcelona, and Vancouver are popular amongst SkyTeam travelers.
Wherever you’re headed, when you book SkyTeam flights on Expedia, you can easily bundle those with convenient hotels near the airport, like these recommended hotels near Vancouver International Airport or the hotels near Manchester Airport. You’ll not only be getting a great deal with bigger discounts on all your travel bookings, but you’ll also maximize your rewards back from SkyTeam and Expedia Rewards. Packaging bookings all in one place with Expedia lets you see all your costs upfront, save more money, and have a one-stop-shop for all your travel itineraries.
Pretty much everywhere. Star Alliance has a member from at least one of every inhabited continent, meaning there are lots of options for flights at most airports, but some more than others.
United Airlines is headquartered in Chicago, so the flights from Chicago O’Hare International Airport are dominated by a robust United presence. And the flights from Montréal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport are well-represented by the home-turf advantage of Air Canada. You’ll measure the value of an alliance by looking at your most-frequented airports and which airlines have a prominent presence there.
And even when you’re not flying from home, Star Alliance status can enhance your experience. For example, leaving one of the hotels near Denver International Airport, this airport will welcome you into the Gold Track Priority Lanes to go through security instead of the regular lines.
You’ll measure the value of an alliance by looking at your most-frequented airports and which airlines have a prominent presence there.
Savvy travelers know how to get the best deals. They enter their frequent flyer number to book Star Alliance flights with their travel rewards credit card, all on Expedia.com. We are your one-stop-shop for optimizing personal and business travel rewards, getting you more points back on both.
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