The oneworld alliance recently added 3 new member airlines.  US Airways and TAM Airlines joined oneworld on March 31 and SriLankan Airlines joined oneworld on May 1.

TAM Airlines is Brazil’s largest airline and mostly operates in Brazil but also offers flights connecting Brazil to cities in South America, US, Mexico and Europe.

SriLankan Airlines is the flag carrier of Sri Lanka and offers service to Europe, the Middle East, South Asia (including the Maldives) and Southeast Asia.  Here is a link to its route map.

As most of you know, US Airways is merging with American Airlines so US Airways will not be in the oneworld alliance as a separate airline for much longer.  Both US Airways and American Airlines recently made some changes to their award programs.  See Summary of American Airlines Changes.

If you are a member of one of the frequent flyer programs that are part of the oneworld alliance (such as American AAdvantage and British Airways Avios), this is good news because you now have more options when it is time to redeem your miles.

Our two favorite airlines for using miles in the oneworld alliance are American Airlines and British Airways.  You can use your American AAdvantage miles and British Airways Avios to book award travel on any of the oneworld airlines, including the 3 new airlines added.

US Airways, TAM and SriLankan can all be booked online on British Airway’s website.  While you can use your American AAdvantage miles to book flights on these and other oneworld airlines, TAM and SriLankan fights cannot be booked online at aa.com.  You will have to call American and incur a $35 telephone booking fee to book award tickets on TAM and SriLankan.

If you are unfamiliar with the frequent flyer programs of American Airlines or British Airways check out our How to Travel for Free, A Beginner’s Guide To Travel Hacking: Which Frequent Flyer Programs Should I Sign Up For? post.

The airlines in the oneworld alliance currently are airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, TAM, Malaysia, Quantas, Qatar, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines.

Readers any thoughts on the new oneworld airlines?

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