American Airlines, British Airways And Iberia Announce Better Deal For Trans-Atlantic Fliers
On October 1, 2010, American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia launched their joint business after receiving approval from regulatory authorities earlier this year. The three airlines can now co-operate commercially on flights between the EU, Switzerland and Norway and the US, Canada and Mexico.
The CEOs of the three airlines met in London on Oct. 6 for the official start of the new trilateral relationship, which enables oneworld® to compete far more effectively with other global alliances on routes between Europe and North America.
Customers will receive even more benefits than they currently do through the airlines as members of the oneworld alliance, in turn enabling oneworld to compete more strongly with its rival alliances across the Atlantic.
Specifically, it means more destinations, more flights and therefore more fares to choose from. Customers can travel more easily on all three airlines’ combined route network to 400 destinations in 105 countries with 5,200 daily departures, providing more frequent and convenient schedule options than any of the three carriers could offer individually. By working together, the three airlines can expand customer choice by supporting routes that would not be economically viable for a single airline.
Additionally, the airlines announced four new routes that will start from next April as an early benefit of the new joint business. They are: New York JFK-Budapest and Chicago-Helsinki (operated by American), London Heathrow-San Diego (operated by British Airways) and Madrid-Los Angeles (operated by Iberia).
Additional customer benefits include:
More opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer benefits:
- Greater access to a wider choice of fares
- Coordinated schedules to give customers a choice from a range of conveniently timed flights that better complement one another Dedicated support teams for customers transferring at five of the airlines’ hubs: New York JFK, London Heathrow, Madrid, Chicago and Miami.
- Online check in and boarding pass printing with either the airline operating the flight, or the one the ticket was booked through
- Integrated online flight information on all three airlines’ websites
- Increased opportunity to earn and redeem frequent flyer benefits on trans-atlantic flights
- More integrated account management for corporate customers
Under the trans-atlantic joint business, members of American Airline’s AAdvantage, British Airways’ Executive Club and the Iberia Plus scheme will be able to earn and redeem miles on each airline’s flights between the U.S. and the U.K. making all routes flown by British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia eligible for earning and redeeming miles.
Below are details specific to the American Airlines AAdvantage program:
More Ways to Earn Miles
More Flights for Award Travel
- AAdvantage members can now earn AAdvantage miles on allAmerican Airlines, British Airways and Iberia flights.* And the miles earned for flights on all three airlines count toward elite status qualification.
- In addition, when flying discount economy fares on any British Airways flight or any Iberia trans-atlantic flight, members will now earn 100% of the base miles flown.
- Plus, AAdvantage Executive Platinum® and AAdvantage Platinum®members will now earn their elite status bonus miles for all of their travel on British Airways.
More Premium Privileges
- Miles can be redeemed for all flights on American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia.*
- The new, expanded relationship will also bring members more opportunities to use miles to upgrade, and continue the reciprocal lounge access for trans-atlantic customers flying in First Class or Business Class, as well as oneworld Emerald® and oneworld Sapphire® status members. For complete details about upgrades and lounge privileges go to www.aa.com/upgrade and www.aa.com/loungeaccess.
*Due to government restrictions, not applicable to itineraries including Cuba.