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Srilankan Airlines will become Oneworld Alliance member on May 1, 2014, and you can start earning and redeeming miles on their metal flights from that date.

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank SriLankan Airlines Earnings Chart

Japan Airlines has now published on its website the earning chart for Mileage Bank members when flying on SriLankan Airlines flights and you can expect other Oneworld Alliance airlines follow shortly. [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.


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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Hilton HHonors has number of promotions for triple miles for stays between July 1 and September 30, 2013, with number of Asian airlines that I have listed on the title. If you have come across any other offers for double/triple miles besides the airlines listed here and Air China, do send me an email.


You can read more about Hilton’s Double Dip airline options on an article that I wrote last year that is still valid. You can access it here. [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.


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 At the same time, the gulf carrier, Gulf Air has withdrawn its participation on these fares.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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There has been lot of noise in the past two weeks about the press conference that was going to take place in New York today. The CEO of Qatar Airways denied that the airline would have been joining the alliance last week contradictory what was published on Financial Times.

oneworld invites Qatar Airways on board

The airline is indeed joining the Oneworld alliance and completion of becoming a member is expected to take from 12 to 18 months. So, we are looking late 2013 or early 2014 as likely official joining date for Qatar. You can access the official Oneworld press release here.


Currently the oneworld alliance consists of eleven member airlines; airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines.


Malaysian Airlines and SriLankan Airlines are currently in the process of joining the alliance. Oneworld alliance member Malev went bankrupt earlier this year and the joining of Kingfisher Airlines was cancelled due to its financial difficulties.

Qatar is the first of the big three of the Middle Eastern carriers to join an alliance. Emirates has always said that they are not interested in joining and they just formed a partnership with oneworld member airline Qantas. Etihad announced earlier today the deep codesharing agreement that they are going forward with Air France-KLM.

It is interesting that Qatar chose Oneworld. It has had more frequent flier ties with Star Alliance carriers like United, US Airways, and BMI than with oneworld ones (none).

Qatar Airways route network


The airline already serves 120 destinations worldwide. The latest one was reintroduction of flights to Yangon, the capitol of Myanmar, last week.



The airline flies to New York, Washington DC, Chicago (in 2013), Houston, Montreal and to Sao Paulo with a continuing service to Buenos Aires.

Europe, North Africa & Middle East


The airline serves more than 30 destinations on continental Europe. The airline has an extensive network in Northern Africa and in the Middle East.



The airline serves nine destinations in Central and Southern Africa + Seychelles.

Indian Subcontinent & Asia


The airline servers number of destinations in India and Asia.



The airline currently serves both Perth and Melbourne


This is interesting movie from Qatar’s part. We’ll see if Star Alliance is able to lure either Emirates or Etihad. For the most part, I have liked the service that I have received on Qatar flights. I am not huge fan of the transfer experience in Doha, but it should get better in 2013 when the new airport is ready.

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It was announced today in Beijing that the Sri Lankan flag carrier, SriLankan Airlines, is set to join Oneworld in late 2013 and that the sponsoring airline is Cathay Pacific.


This is good news for Oneworld and especially American Airlines AAdvantage members. Due to American’s very restrictive routing rules on awards, it has been sometimes very difficult to find award availability on certain routes. Sri Lanka is on Asia 2 on AA’s award chart (Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Saipan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam). This helps especially if you are trying to find your way from Europe to Asia 2 using American miles.

Last year, I had six segments on SriLankan’s business class and wrote a piece about the experience on Beijing to Bangkok segment. SriLankan also provided me with STPC (Stopover Paid by Carrier) when I had a long transfer in Colombo.

SriLankan serves number of destinations in Europe and also offers non-stop service from Moscow to Dubai.


The airline also serves number of destinations in the Middle East.


Airline’s Asian network is very interesting. There are number of routes that are served via Bangkok, where SriLankan has local traffic rights as well.