Ovrpowrd727 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 96 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1546 times:
i'm sorry if this is an amateur question but what does it mean to be in an alliance or group?? Star Alliance, OneWorld and Skyteam are the first ones to come to mind plus there other smaller ones that cover regional areas like South America or something like that elsewhere. Are these alliances strict? there are airlines that clearly have agreements with others that have nothing to do with their respective group.
Delta763 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 287 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1265 times:
Yes, airlines within an alliance will typically codeshare, but more than that, they work together to develop complementary route structures and schedules. Airlines can take advantage of feed at other airlines' hubs.
They also typically share their loyalty programs so that you can earn miles throughout the alliance and get rewards on any carrier.
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7061 posts, RR: 17 Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1231 times:
Cross-alliance code shares are common. Hence BA, a oneworld Alliance member, code shares with BD, a Star Alliance member, on many routes as diverse as BD's LBA-LHR (BA7611) and FRU (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)-LHR services (BA7592).
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23184 posts, RR: 23 Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1174 times:
Quoting Pilotboi (Reply 1): Well I'm not expert on alliances, but I believe the main purpose of them is for code sharing. In other words you only code share within your own alliance.
Quoting VV701 (Reply 4): Cross-alliance code shares are common. Hence BA, a oneworld Alliance member, code shares with BD, a Star Alliance member, on many routes as diverse as BD's LBA-LHR (BA7611) and FRU (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)-LHR services (BA7592).
Yes, there are dozens of cross-aliance codeshare agreements. Another example - AF (SkyTeam) codeshares with QF (oneworld) between CDG and Australia, connecting at SIN and HKG.
And virtually all major carriers have interline ticketing and prorate agreements with almost all other major airlines, regardless of alliance affiliation.