Oneworld Enhances Sapphire & Emerald Benefits

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Oneworld made an announcement today about the enhanced benefits for Sapphire and Emerald level frequent fliers on its member programs.

Oneworld Enhanced Sapphire Benefits

Sapphire and Emerald level members are now eligible for Priority baggage delivery (where it works) and Sapphire members are eligible for extra baggage allowance.

You can access Oneworld’s web page for elite benefits here.

Oneworld Enhanced Sapphire Benefits Table

Here’s the relevant part of the press release:

Priority baggage delivery for Emerald and Sapphire cardholders

Most oneworld member airlines already aim to deliver as a priority checked baggage for their own top-level frequent flyers, along with other passengers flying in First or Business Class.

Now, this benefit is being extended to all frequent flyers with the equivalent of oneworld Emerald and Sapphire in any of the alliance member airlines’ loyalty programmes when they fly in any cabin class with oneworld member airlines anywhere in the world.

Additional checked baggage allowance for Sapphire tier customers

Following the launch last year of an additional baggage allowance for the alliance member airlines’ most loyal customers – those with the top tier oneworld Emerald status – now cardholders with the next highest status, Sapphire, will also receive an additional baggage benefit.

From today (1 December 2014), when travelling on any flight operated and marketed by any oneworld member airline, the following special baggage privileges will apply to all Sapphire cardholders:

  • On international or domestic itineraries using the baggage allowance “weight” system – 15 kgs in addition to the ticketed Economy allowance.
  • On international itineraries (including domestic sectors flown as part of international itineraries) using the baggage allowance “piece” system – a second bag, weighing up to 23 kgs, when the ticketed allowance is one bag.
  • On purely domestic itineraries with flights using the baggage allowance “piece” system – the assurance of at least one piece of checked baggage, weighing up to 23 kgs, even when the regular ticketed allowance has no free allowance.

And here are the only three exceptions:

Priority baggage delivery is not available on flights operated by British Airways.

The Sapphire baggage benefit does not apply to tickets issued using British Airways’ “hand baggage only” fares.

For domestic routes operated by LAN Airlines, Sapphire cardholders may check in up to two bags with a combined weight not exceeding 23 kgs.

Conclusion

These are welcomed additions to the Oneworld frequent fliers that have Sapphire or Emerald status. Star Alliance have had both of these benefits for the Gold members for a while.

I would have liked to see the expedited security/fast track added to Sapphire benefits as well. That could come handy at times.

The added checked baggage allowance is a very good deal for those that tend to travel with some package. I always try travel with my carry on that is not always possible.

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