I agree, OneWorld does suck!! I am at the "sapphire" level in OneWorld due to my President's Gold status with Canadian, well I guess I used to be "sapphire". Anyway, Canadian publishes all this great literature about how great it is to be part of oneworld and how passengers can use AA lounges in the USA and how passengers can use stickers to upgrade on AA flights etc.... Well, what a load of crap!!! Someone should tell the AA people about this little arrangement. I have gone into Miami, Dallas, and LAX AA lounges in the last year and been questioned about my "status". And, forget about upgrading on an AA flight! When you call ahead to the Canadian "GOLD" desk and try to prearrange upgrades (which you can do on Canadian flights) they tell you that they can't help you with the American Airlines portions and that you will have to "check at the airport". Well, as if a Canadian "Gold" passenger is going to get a BC seat over an AAdvantage member, I don't think so!
So, these alliances are a bunch of crap for the passenger. They don't work the way the airlines say they are going to work, there is always a very fine string attached that you must watch for. It sure works well for the airlines though as a cost saving measure. Hmmmmmmmm.
Thanks for listening to the rant. Not very constructive but I feel better!