oneworld airlines offer frequent flyers up to 15 000 bonus miles

08 September 2004

oneworld, the leading global airline alliance, is offering air travellers the world over an enticing incentive to encourage them to sample more of its unrivalled international network – a bonus of up to 15 000 frequent flyer miles or points that can be redeemed for flights across the grouping's 575-destination map.

To participate, you must already be a member or enroll as a new member of any one of the eight oneworld airlines' frequent flyer programmes – American Airlines AAdvantage, the British Airways Executive Club, Qantas Frequent Flyer, Cathay Pacific's Marco Polo Club, Iberia Plus, LAN's LANPASS, Finnair Plus or Aer Lingus' Gold Circle Club.

Then you need fly on at least three oneworld airlines, including the one with which you have registered as a frequent flyer member, between 1 October and 30 November 2004, on eligible fares. These include a number of economy/coach class fares, besides those for travel in First, Business or British Airways' World Traveller Plus.

There are minor differences in the way the promotion operates in some member airlines' frequent flyer schemes. Some require participants to register for the bonus promotion first. The size of the bonus varies too between some member airlines, because of the different structures of their individual frequent flyer schemes. For instance, members of Iberia Plus will be eligible for a 1 200 point bonus.

Full details of the bonus offer are available on each airline's frequent flyer programme website:

Since oneworld was launched five years ago, members of its partner airlines' frequent flyer programmes have been able to earn miles and tier status points when they fly on eligible fares on any other airline in the alliance and redeem them across the entire grouping's network, covering 135 countries, from Australia to Zimbabwe.

So those bonus miles could help take you anywhere from Aalborg, Albuquerque or Accra to Zaragoza or Zurich or anywhere else served by the alliance's by eight member airlines and their 17 associated carriers.

oneworld Managing Partner John McCulloch said: "The bonus is just that – a bonus, in addition to the regular rewards earned for each of those flights. It's a way of highlighting to customers new and old that if their travels take them beyond their regular airline's schedules to other parts of oneworld's unrivalled international map, they'll receive the same high level of care, service, support and frequent flyer privileges from all other carriers in our group."

Besides frequent flyer awards, those privileges include tier points towards higher status frequent flyer programme membership, which in turn leads to lounge access, priority check-in and wait listing whenever you fly with any oneworld carrier anywhere in the world.


· For full details, see the frequent flyer pages in each airline's website.

· Flights must be in First, Business, British Airways World Traveller Plus, or in Economy Class with reservations made and ticketed in fare classes Y, B or H.

· Frequent flyer award flights do not qualify for the bonus. Nor do travel industry discount fares or any other travel excluded from earning miles or points.

· The bonus does not count towards tier status points.

· Each customer is eligible for one bonus. You cannot gain more than one bonus, nor earn a bonus in more than one oneworld frequent flyer programme.

· oneworld benefits are only available to passengers on scheduled flights that are both operated and marketed by a oneworld member airline or on a oneworld member airline affiliate. Marketed means there must be a oneworld airline flight number on the ticket.

· Where flights are operated by a oneworld airline, and marketed by another oneworld airline (code-share flights) the airline whose flight number is on the ticket will count towards bonus qualification, not the operating airline.

· At peak periods, access to certain lounges may be restricted due to capacity constraints. Access is available on the day of departure when the next onward flight is with a oneworld airline. Access may not apply at a limited number of lounges operated by third parties. Access is not available to AAdvantage members travelling on solely North American itineraries.

· American Airlines AAdvantage and British Airways Executive Club members can earn and redeem miles, and earn tier status credit, on all eligible flights except:

o American Airlines AAdvantage members will not earn or redeem miles or earn tier status credit on British Airways flights between the USA and Europe and vice versa.

o British Airways Executive Club members will not earn or redeem miles or earn tier status credit on American Airlines transatlantic flights.

· Each oneworld alliance airline reserves the right to change its frequent flyer programme rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers, and to end its frequent flyer programme, in accordance with its relevant frequent flyer program rules. Miles/points may be earned only on eligible purchased, fares. Awarding of the bonus is at the discretion of each frequent flyer programme.

· American Eagle, AAdvantage, AAdvantage Executive Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum and AAdvantage Gold are marks of American Airlines Inc. American Eagle is American's regional airline affiliate.

· LAN affiliate LAN ECUADOR is not a member of oneworld.

· All information contained in this document is correct at time of going to press but is subject to change without notice.