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US Airways sent out a reminder that looked more like an email from American about the coming changes on 30th and 31st of this month.

US Airways Oneworld Update

US Airways will exit Star Alliance on March 30th and will enter Oneworld alliance on March 31, 2014. US Airways frequent fliers are no longer eligible for Star Alliance benefits after march 30, but can enjoy Oneworld Alliance ones. [click to continue…]

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SriLankan Airlines spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller (access here) that the airline is joining the Oneworld alliance on March 1, 2014.

Edit: Seems that this is further delayed and new information should be coming out in the next month or so.

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The airline has been sponsored by Cathay Pacific and was originally set to join the alliance by the end of 2013, but this was postponed. [click to continue…]

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Qatar Airways is going to become a full member of Oneworld alliance on October 30, 2013. Oneworld alliance just issued the following press release:

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Qatar Airways will become a full member of oneworld® with effect from Wednesday 30 October 2013, adding one of the world’s fastest growing and most highly rated airlines to the world’s leading quality airline alliance. [click to continue…]

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Qatar Airways is tweaking its Privilege Club in anticipation of joining the Oneworld alliance. These Privilege Club changes will take affect on October 4, 2013 (is that the joining date to Oneworld alliance as well?).

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There are quite a few changes to the program: new Platinum tier that requires 600 Qpoints, Qcredits for Gold and Platinum members, new award charts on October 4 (not yet available) and no fuel surcharges on awards on Qatar Airways. You can read more about these changes on Qatar’s website here [click to continue…]

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Qatar Airways just announced that they are shuffling around the booking class alphabet structure on October 1, 2013, in anticipation of joining the Oneworld Alliance. You can read more about this on Qatar’s website here.

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I wrote two weeks ago that Qatar representative had disclosed that the joining date would be sometime this coming October (you can read the piece here) and this change further proves that this is likely the case. [click to continue…]

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Qatar Airways and Oneworld signed an agreement in October 2012 that the airline would join the alliance in 12 to 18 months time and that the British Airways would be the sponsoring airline.

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It was expected that the official joining date for the Qatar to join the alliance would be sometime in late 2013 or early 2014. Due to heavy passenger traffic around the year end holidays, it is unlikely that the joining would happen in December or January. [click to continue…]

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Oneworld just made an announcement that LATAM has chosen Oneworld as the alliance for both airlines. TAM is expected to leave the Star Alliance on the second quarter of 2014. This is full 12 months from now. You can read the Oneworld press release about TAM joining the alliance here.

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LAN and TAM merged last year and it was expected that the combined airline would be in the Oneworld alliance. LAN is a member of Onworld and TAM member of competing Star Alliance. When AviancaTaca joined the Star Alliance one condition was that the airline couldn’t  be in the same alliance as TAM. [click to continue…]

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Both Qatar Airways and SriLankan Airlines are expected to join the Oneworld alliance sometime in the late 2013/early 2014. The joining dates for both of the airlines have not been confirmed yet.

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Now, you can, however, start using these two airlines on Oneworld alliance’s Global Explorer fares. At the same time, the gulf carrier, Gulf Air has withdrawn its participation on these fares. Gulf Air has never been member elect or future member of the alliance. You can read the press release about this announcement here. [click to continue…]

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Oneworld alliance top tier frequent fliers have been in disadvantage compared to their Star Alliance equivalent ones when it came to extra luggage allowance based on the frequent flier status.

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Now, Oneworld alliance has announced that both extra luggage allowance (one piece or extra 20 kilos) will apply across all Oneworld alliance carriers and passengers will also have an access to fast track security lanes where available. [click to continue…]

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There was a piece on the WSJ last week, that the negotiation of TAM joining the Oneworld that was supposed to take all the way until March, 2013, is almost wrapped up according to the unnamed sources cited by the paper.

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When the AviancaTaca joined the Star Alliance earlier this year and when the merge of LAN and Tam was approved, it was made clear that TAM couldn’t stay in the same alliance as AviancaTaca. The only two remaining options are SkyTeam and Oneworld. Delta bought a share of TAM’s domestic rival GOL, so it is unlikely that the alliance choice would be anything else than the Oneworld.

Conclusion

It seems rather likely that TAM will cease to be a member of Star Alliance sometime in the early second half of 2013. Obviously, all the award tickets will be honored past the exit date, but you won’t receive miles or get Star Alliance related status benefits once the airline has exited the alliance.