Airline Alliances can be confusing. Knowing which airlines belong to which alliance, and who they partner with etc. can be an easy way to book the flights you want and maximize the mile you earn.
There are 3 main airline alliances: OneWorld, Star Alliance and SkyTeam. Below are the list of member airlines for each alliance.
AirBerlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, and SriLankan.
Star Alliance (*A)
Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, All-Nippon Airways (ANA), Asiana, Austrian, Aviana, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Thai, Turkish Airlines, and United.
Aeroflot, AeroMexico, Air Europoa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia Airlines, Tarom, and Vietnam Airlines
The benefit of knowing about airline alliances is that you know which airlines you can travel on and earn frequent flier miles (and usually elite qualifying points/miles) on your preferred airline. For example, I can fly on LAN Airlines LAX-Lima and earn American Airline miles. Or NewYork to Johannesburg on South African and earn United miles. I think you got the point.
This not only helps you accumulate miles on your preferred airline. But also you can usually fly on the partner airlines when you are redeeming your miles. I can redeem my AA miles to fly on Cathay Pacific to China, or Delta SkyMiles (as they are called) to fly on Korean Air to Seoul. As you can see, It greatly expands your travel options.
Post last updated May 24, 2017 – updated alliance member airlines