• Oneworld pushing back on bespoke own-brand airport lounges to 2020?

    Airline alliance Oneworld may not open its first own-branded airport business class lounge until 2020, with at least three major airports around the world still said to be on the shortlist. Oneworld previously planned to announce the location of the first lounge at the 2019 Annual General Meetin...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2019 20 Comments

  • Will Seoul be home to the first Oneworld-branded airport lounge?

    Seoul is believed to be on the shortlist of airports set to host new airport lounges for the Oneworld alliance, and could even be the first of the Oneworld-branded lounges to open later this year. Oneworld last week announced plans to develop its own airport lounge network, with alliance CEO Rob...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2019 3 Comments

  • Oneworld’s new brand, app platform puts focus on business travellers

    With snappy new branding and app-based smarts, the Oneworld alliance is sharpening its appeal to globe-trotting business travellers hopping between its 13 member airlines. Those seamless connections which travellers always wish for – along with alliance-based creature comforts such as loun...

    POSTED 4 Feb, 2019 9 Comments

  • Aer Lingus looks increasingly likely to rejoin Oneworld

    Aer Lingus stands ready to rejoin the Oneworld alliance under the new Oneworld Connect partner model, says Willie Walsh, CEO of parent company IAG. "Aer Lingus would certainly like to look at the Oneworld alliance again, and given the way that Oneworld has evolved I think that's a fairly realist...

    POSTED 1 Feb, 2019 7 Comments

  • Royal Air Maroc joins Oneworld, opening up new links to Africa

    North Africa-based Royal Air Maroc is joining Oneworld, giving the alliance a much greater reach throughout Africa, the Middle East, Europe and beyond. Members of other Oneworld airlines' frequent flyer schemes, including Qantas Frequent Flyers, will be able to earn and redeem points on num...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2018 12 Comments

  • New benefits for Qantas flyers as Fiji Airways joins Oneworld Connect

    Fiji Airways is now affiliated with Oneworld, joining the global alliance as a ‘Oneworld Connect’ partner this week: unlocking valuable perks for eligible Qantas Frequent Flyer cardholders taking Fiji Airways flights. Chiefly, there's access to priority check-in and boarding, althoug...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2018 14 Comments

  • Oneworld Connect brings Fiji Airways into the fold

    Fiji Airways will join Oneworld as first member of the alliance's new Oneworld Connect program, announced today at the IATA airline summit in Sydney. Oneworld Connect offers what could be called a 'membership lite' package for the alliance, and will be less arduous for an airline compared to tak...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2018 6 Comments

  • The winners and losers in Cathay Pacific's radical Asia Miles revamp

    Regional flights to earn more Asia Miles, even in economy Some business class fares to earn less points More award seats available, but mostly at higher prices Cathay Pacific is shaking up its Asia Miles loyalty program with a sweeping overhaul of how points are both earned and redeemed. V...

    POSTED 24 May, 2018 29 Comments

  • Travel tip: find new airport lounges via these online directories

    When travelling in business class or first class, or with a Gold or Platinum-grade frequent flyer card in your passport wallet, chances are you’ll have access to an airport lounge: and there’s an easy way to see which lounges you can enter by searching through various online directori...

    POSTED 18 May, 2018 3 Comments

  • Oneworld lounge access: why some frequent flyers are shut out

    Access to airport lounges around the world is a cornerstone benefit of building up frequent flyer status within a particular airline alliance, and it's the one which business travellers appreciate the most. In the case of the Oneworld alliance – which counts Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Malaysi...

    POSTED 12 Feb, 2018 26 Comments

  • Why Oneworld Emerald is the best status a frequent flyer can have

    Frequent flyers pack plenty of plastic in their well-worn wallets, but when we're asked which is the best card to aim for – the single shiny card which trumps the rest – it's any airline loyalty card which equates to the Emerald tier of the Oneworld alliance. This covers the top rung...

    POSTED 2 Jan, 2018 37 Comments

  • How to fly around the world using Qantas frequent flyer points

    Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. A round-the-...

    POSTED 28 Dec, 2017 30 Comments

  • China Southern to leave SkyTeam, join Oneworld?

    IN BRIEF | 2018 could see China Southern exit the SkyTeam airline alliance and take a seat at the Oneworld table as the Chinese airline looks to reposition itself on the global stage. The Guangzhou-based airline is one of China's 'big three' three state-run carriers, alongside fellow SkyTea...

    POSTED 27 Nov, 2017 15 Comments

  • Aer Lingus now has "no plans" to join Oneworld

    Aer Lingus has no intention of rejoining the Oneworld alliance, dashing the hopes of sibling British Airways for the Irish flag-carrier to take its seat at the Oneworld table sometime in 2018. "We have no plans to join Oneworld," Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh told the European Aviati...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2017 9 Comments

  • Oneworld CEO sees "new strategic direction" for alliance

    Oneworld CEO Rob Gurney is counting down to the alliance's 20 year anniversary in early 2019, and reflects that “everything has changed” over those two decades. “Markets have changed, industry structures have changed – every one of our member airlines has undergone a...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2017 7 Comments

  • Oneworld: no Diamond tier plans, no issue with first-only lounges

    The Oneworld airline alliance is content with its current three alliance-wide tiers and has no plans to introduce a top Diamond level to incorporate the loftiest 'above Emerald' status of several member airlines. "We're not looking at adding a formal additional tier," Oneworld CEO Rob Gurney tel...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2017 26 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines CEO re-engages with Oneworld, reboots Enrich

    Malaysia Airlines plans to be a more active member of the Oneworld alliance, says CEO Peter Bellew while also launching "a complete reboot" of its Enrich frequent flyer scheme. The Malaysian flag-carrier joined Oneworld in early 2013 under the sponsorship of Qantas. “But I think we did ve...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2017 14 Comments

  • Qatar Airways ditches Oneworld's restrictive baggage rules

    EXCLUSIVE | Qatar Airways is taking a welcome step back from the Oneworld alliance's traveller-unfriendly baggage rules for connecting flights. From March 1, the Gulf airline will once again allow passengers to have checked baggage sent ahead from any Qatar Airways flight to any connecting ...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2017 15 Comments

  • Oneworld alliance open to low-cost carriers

    The Oneworld alliance is reconsidering the role of low-cost airlines as potential members, especially when it comes to filling the gap in 'emerging markets' outside of its established global footprint. Newly-minted Oneworld CEO Rob Gurney admitted he is rethinking how low-cost operators – ...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2017 15 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific abandons unpopular Oneworld checked baggage rules

    EXCLUSIVE | Cathay Pacific will scrap its restrictive and unfriendly through-checked baggage rules from January 1 2017, reverting to the airline's previous policy. Introduced earlier this year as part of an alliance-wide policy change at Oneworld, the new rules required passengers with connectin...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2016 23 Comments

  • Qantas clarifies access rules for LAX first class lounge

    Staff at Qantas’ Los Angeles First Lounge are in for a refresher course on the rules covering lounge access, following reports that top-tier frequent flyers from American Airlines have been denied entry for spurious reasons. Those travellers turned away have been Executive Platinum members...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 2016 21 Comments

  • Oneworld launches $10,500 'Around The World' business class trip

    Flying around the world in business class always sounds like a good idea, and a new round-the-world (RTW) fare from the Oneworld airline alliance delivers this country-hopping trip for just $10,500 plus any applicable taxes and government charges. The catch? It's restricted to the southern hemis...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2016 8 Comments

  • BA, Emirates chiefs doubt the future of airline alliances

    It's neither unusual nor unexpected to hear Emirates questioning the need for global airline alliances such as Star Alliance, Oneworld and SkyTeam... but when the chief of British Airways' parent IAG says they're on the way out, that's one from left field. BA, alongside Qantas and Cathay Pacific...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2016 18 Comments

  • Connecting baggage policies for Oneworld, Star Alliance, SkyTeam

    It's not always practical or even possible to book all connecting flights under a single reservation, with many travellers fronting up at the airport with two or more separate bookings and hoping their bag will reappear at their final destination. But it's not necessarily that simple: many airli...

    POSTED 30 Jun, 2016 23 Comments

  • Oneworld airlines revise baggage policy for connecting flights

    Many airlines belonging to the Oneworld alliance will no longer transfer checked luggage onto connecting flights if that onwards flight has been made under a seperate booking. The changed rules – which in several cases are not being clearly communicated to passengers – are bound to c...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2016 34 Comments

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