An airline alliance is where multiple airlines establish a mutually beneficial relationship for both the airlines and their passengers. One of the biggest benefits associated with loyalty to any airline alliance is how alliances can translate your frequent flyer rewards across their member airlines. This means that if you have earned elite status benefits with one airline, you can experience those same perks even when you fly with other airlines, as long as they are in the same alliance.
There are 3 major global airline alliances: SkyTeam Airline Alliance, Star Alliance, and OneWorld Alliance. How you choose the best airline alliance for you will greatly depend on where you live, where you fly to, and which frequent flyer benefit programs you’re a part of.
To receive the benefits of booking Skyteam flights, you must be considered one of two status levels: SkyTeam Elite or SkyTeam Elite Plus. You may already have Elite or Elite Plus status if you have earned Elite membership at one of the alliance’s member airlines frequent flyer programs. Once Elite status is earned in a SkyTeam airline’s frequent flyer program, then you become a SkyTeam Elite frequent flyer which is recognized across all 19 SkyTeam carriers and all SkyTeam flights.
SkyTeam Elite travelers enjoy:
SkyTeam Elite Plus travelers enjoy:
SkyTeam partners with 19 member airlines, and has grown their extensive global network to fly to more than 1000 destinations in 170 countries. So no matter where you live, it’s not hard to find SkyTeam flights operating out of nearby airports.
SkyTeam was formed in 2000, when four formidable founder airlines came together to join forces, including Delta Air Lines, Aeromexico, Air France, and Korean Air. Other large airlines were soon to join, adding Alitalia, KLM Airlines, and others to the roster. In 2004, SkyTeam surpassed OneWorld to become the second-largest airline alliance and is close to matching Star Alliance for the most amount of passengers served each year.
For a full list of SkyTeam’s airlines, continue below to find our section of SkyTeam members
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 andExpedia 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.
SkyTeam’s 19 member airlines operating over 15,000 daily flights means that you’ll have a lot of options when looking for SkyTeam flights at most airports, but some airports more than others.
One of the founding members of SkyTeam, Air France, has a dominant presence at its home airport in Paris, making it easy to book flights from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in France, regardless of where you may be headed. Delta Airlines has a large offering at many airports throughout the US, including Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), and Salt Lake City International Airport(SLC), just to name a few. China Eastern Airlines is well-represented with its home-turf advantage in Shanghai-Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) and Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).
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 on all their travel bookings, whether that’s business class flights, the best hotel deals, or even last-minute deals. They enter their frequent flyer number to book SkyTeam airline flights and pay 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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