TAM Airlines and US Airways have officially completed their transition from Star Alliance to Oneworld.
Both carriers have started offering Oneworld services and benefits with effect from 1 April.
As a result, Oneworld now has just under 100 new destinations in its network, almost a 10 per cent increase.
Sri Lankan Airlines will be the next airline to become a Oneworld member on 1 May 2014.
What TAM and US Airways bring to oneworld
TAM Airlines has now added nearly 45 destinations within Brazil to the alliance's network, with its home base in Sao Paulo now acting as a hub in the southern hemisphere for Oneworld.
US Airways' entry into Oneworld sees the addition of more than 50 destinations worldwide.
Reciprocally, the two new members can now offer their passengers travel options to each of the global regions through other Oneworld member airlines including:
- South America - LAN and now TAM Airlines
- North America - American Airlines and now US Airways
- Europe - Airberlin, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia and S7 Airlines
- Middle East - Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian
- Asia - Cathay Pacific Airways, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Qantas
What it means for frequent flyers
For frequent flyer programme members of both carriers, the switch from Star Alliance to Oneworld does not affect their tier status and all points/miles earned up to the point of entry have been retained.
New cards bearing the Oneworld logo have been posted to them and can be used immediately to accumulate and redeem points on all flights operated by Oneworld member airlines.
Likewise, members of the Oneworld airlines frequent flyer programmes can earn and redeem awards as well as tier status points when flying on TAM and US Airways.
In addition, Black and Red Plus cardholders of TAM Fidelidade frequent flyer programme, as well as US Airways' Dividend Miles Chairman's Preferred members have been granted the Emerald status on Oneworld's tier programme.
Meanwhile, Oneworld has offered Sapphire status to both TAM Fidelidade Red and US Airways Dividend Miles Platinum and Gold Preferred cardholders.
The entry-level Oneworld Ruby status has therefore been designated for both TAM Fidelidade Blue and US Airways Dividend Miles Silver Preferred members.
Frequent flyer members who have been granted Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire status are now able to use more than 600 airport lounges worldwide offered by any member airline.
When available, Emerald members will have access to the first class lounges, while Sapphire members can use the business class or frequent flyer lounges.
Special frequent flyer miles offers to celebrate
To celebrate TAM's addition to oneworld, all Fidelidade cardholders will receive double their usual Multiplus awards when flying on most oneworld partners throughout May 2014. Members of most established member airlines' loyalty programmes will receive double the normal mileage awards when flying on TAM during May also.
US Airways' Dividend Miles cardholders can earn a bonus of up to 25,000 miles by flying on most oneworld partner airlines between 1 April 2014 and 30 June 2014:
- 500 bonus Miles by flying on two of US Airways' oneworld partners
- 2,500 bonus Miles by flying on three of its oneworld partners
- 5,000 bonus Miles by flying on four of its oneworld partners
- 15,000 bonus Miles by flying on five of its oneworld partners
- 25,000 bonus Miles by flying on six or more of its oneworld partners