For Enrich members that are flying within to or from the Americas this is good news that TAM and US Airways have joined Oneworld. As the Oneworld press release states there are some good fundamental benefits of them joining:
- Expanding the annual capacity offered by the alliance by 20 per cent.
- Adding almost a hundred destinations to the oneworld network – a near 10 per cent increase.
US Airways Joins Oneworld
As a result of the American Airlines and Us Airways merger last winter US Airways has joined Oneworld
Malaysia Airlines is also a member of the oneworld alliance, and allows reciprocal ‘earning and burning’ of miles. This means that you can now book US Airways flights with your Enrich Miles. You will also be able to earn Enrich Miles when you fly with US Airways.
Its merger with American Airlines has created the world’s largest airline on most measures. With both American and US Airways on board, oneworld becomes the leading alliance in the USA, the world’s largest air travel market.
It has added more than 50 destinations to the oneworld map – most in its US home but also two in Canada and one each in Ireland and Mexico – along with its key hubs of Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington DC’s Reagan National.
TAM Joins Oneworld
It has added nearly 45 destinations in Brazil to the oneworld network, and its home base Sao Paulo, the biggest city in the Southern Hemisphere and in the Americas, becomes a new hub for oneworld.
Earning and Burning with US Airways and TAM
Unfortunately Malaysia Airlines has not yet released its earning chart for either airline, but I would speculate that the charts will be similar or the same as that for American Airlines and LAN – I will update this post as soon as they are available, I would expect the next issue of World of Riches will include them.
The other main benefit for Enrich members is that you’ll now be able to access the Oneworld benefits when flying with TAM and US Airways including lounge access, Fast Track services, as well as extra luggage – full details can be found here. This is especially good for those that are Gold or Platinum.