Oneworld Alliance Introduces New Tier, Oneworld Connect, Adds Fiji Airways

By Anna Breuer on 3 June 2018
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An American Airlines plane in oneworld livery

An American Airlines plane in oneworld livery

Oneworld announced a new membership tier for airlines, oneworld connect, and named Fiji Airways its first oneworld connect member.

While not a full membership, oneworld connect will offer travelers a variety of benefits and allow those airlines with full membership to offer complementary services.

“Oneworld connect enables us to bring together more airlines to complement the alliance’s global leaders, so customers can earn rewards and feel recognised while travelling even further,” said Pekka Vauramo, chairman of the alliance’s governing board.

Travelers holding oneworld Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald status will be able to use the priority check-in desks of a oneworld connect member, with priority boarding available to oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members.

In addition, the airlines that sponsored the oneworld connect airline will offer travelers the opportunity to earn and redeem points and miles, earn status credits, obtain lounge access, and have luggage checked through to the final destination.

Travelers will be able to use oneworld connect airlines for oneworld’s Global Explorer round-the-world fare.

The alliance did not announce when it expects Fiji Airways to become part of oneworld but it did say that it is in discussions with other airlines about oneworld connect membership.

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