In an announcement on 1st December, oneworld has revealed details of two new benefits for frequent flyers with oneworld Emerald and Sapphire tier status.
The addition of priority baggage delivery for both categories and additional checked baggage allowance for Sapphire cardholders will come in handy with the holiday season just round the corner. These new privileges are in addition to the benefits already offered to frequent flyers with oneworld Emerald or Sapphire status when they fly on any oneworld member airline in any class.
When announcing the new benefits, oneworld Chief Executive Bruce Ashby said: “oneworld aims to be the first choice airline alliance for regular international travellers. Our frequent flyer benefits – which we believe are already the most compelling offered by any airline alliance – provide them with the highest levels of recognition, services and benefits when they need to travel beyond their home airline’s own network.
“Six months ago, oneworld concluded its biggest yet membership expansion, with the addition in the past two years of 15 airlines as full members or affiliates. With this successfully completed, we are now carrying out a full review of everything the alliance provides its member airlines and customers to ensure oneworld offers the best. These two new benefits are the first initiatives to be rolled out as part of this process.”
All oneworld member airlines currently offer Sapphire-level members of their own frequent flyer programme additional baggage benefits when they fly on their “own” airline and today’s move extends this privilege to travel on oneworld partner airlines. The additional benefits are quite generous. Where luggage is calculated by weight, Economy passengers (domestic and international) will be entitled to an extra 15kg and on domestic flights where the ‘piece’ method is used, at least one piece of checked baggage weighing up to 23kg, even if there is no free baggage allowance in the ticket.
For mixed domestic/international itineraries with a ‘piece’ allowance, a second bag weighing up to 23kg will be allowed even if the ticketed allowance is only one piece.
There are some restrictions specific to certain partner airlines, particularly British Airways and LAN Airlines.
For more information and FAQ on the full range of oneworld’s services and benefits for frequent flyers and full details of these new baggage benefits, you may visit the oneworld website.