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Airline alliances are what makes many Round The World trips possible. By combining with airlines in different continents, alliances can make sure you have a seamless trip. There are three major airline alliances Star Alliance, oneworld and SkyTeam, each made up of different carriers which determines what routes and options are available for their respective Round the World airfares.

Star Alliance

Star Alliance were the original global airline alliance, formed in 1997. The Star Alliance network includes 28 airlines which have more than 18,500 daily departures combined.  These flights reach 1,330 airports in more than 192 countries, with an annual number of 641.1 million passengers.

As of Sep15 – Number of aircraft: 4657; Number of employees: 432,603; Sales revenue (USD): $179.05 billion; Number of lounges: over 1,000

Member Airlines –

  • Adria Airways
  • Aegean Airlines
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air India
  • Air New Zealand
  • ANA
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Austrian
  • Avianca
  • Avianca in Brazil
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Copa Airlines
  • Croatia Airlines
  • EGYPTAIR
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • EVA Air
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South Africa Airways
  • SWISS
  • TAP Portugal
  • THAI
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United

This broad array of airlines means that Star Alliance have some unbeatable routes. Particularly for travel to/within South East Asia, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, North and South Africa, the US and Canada. Their major downfall is not having an airline to fly between Australia and South America, but this part of their network has improved over recent years with COPA and TACA joining the alliance.

oneworld

oneworld is a worldwide airline alliance with fourteen of the world’s biggest and most awarded airlines.  oneworld is the current holder of an unprecedented six of the eight leading international “best airline alliance” titles, mainly due to their high standard across the board.

oneworld offer flights to some 1,000 destinations across the globe, on more than 14,000 daily flights, with in excess of 500 airport departure lounges such as Qantas Club.  Their frequent flyer programs are among the most common and popular programs, particularly through Qantas.

Member Airlines –

  • Airberlin
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Finnair
  • Iberia
  • Japan Airlines
  • LATAM
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Jordanian
  • S7 Airlines
  • SriLankan Airlines

SkyTeam

SkyTeam are a prodominantly Northern Hemisphere based airline alliance. They have 20 member airlines that fly to 1057 destinations, and have 636 lounges worldwide.  Skyteam price their round the worlds at a price point that is not quite attractive enough to warrant the lower quality airlines involved, and thus we don’t tend to recommend or book their round the world tickets.

Member Airlines –

  • Aeroflot
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • Aeromexico
  • Air Europa
  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern
  • China Southern
  • Czech Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Saudia
  • TAROM
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • XiamenAir