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“Oneworld has scheduled a press conference Dec. 5 in New York to announce its “first full member airline recruit for six years,”
The main focus of the article is actually about Alaska looking at the benefits of becoming a ‘oneworld connect’ partner, which obviously isn’t the same as becoming a full member, so we can rule Alaska out.
If it’s not Alaska, then which airline is it going to be?
IAG-owned Aer Lingus would seem an obvious fit too. There was certainly a stated intention to join a couple of years ago, though that was put on the backburner. Perhaps the idea has been resurrected.
Philippine Airlines is known to be in the middle of joining an alliance, so is certainly a contender, but I’m not entirely sure what significant extra value it would really bring to oneworld.
Any other ideas? – let us know in the comments!
Why does this matter?
It can take a while for the systems to be set up properly when a new member joins an alliance, but basically there will soon be another airline (and presumably a fair few new routes) that you will be able to enjoy oneworld elite status benefits with, earn redeemable miles and status points on, and redeem other oneworld miles to fly on.
For most InsideFlyer UK readers, the main benefits are likely to be the ability to redeem Avios for flights on the new partner airline, and (possibly) to rack up some cheap Avios/Tier Points by crediting paid flights on the new partner to British Airways Executive Club.
Of course, if the new member ends up being Aer Lingus, it’s rather less exciting as they already have a very extensive partnership with sister airline BA.
File this one under ‘potentially very interesting’. We’ll be keeping a close eye on New York come 5th December, if the details haven’t already been leaked by then.