Frequent flyers of the world's biggest airline - American Airlines - and Asia's biggest carrier - China Southern Airlines - have something exciting to look forward to. The two behemoth carriers have announced the commencement of their new frequent flyer partnership.
With the latest agreement, American Airlines' AAdvantage and China Southern's Sky Pearl Club members can now earn and redeem air miles on each other's flights. American Airlines' AAdvantage members who are looking to hop aboard flights deeper into China while earning miles will have to book their China Southern flights through American Airlines' phone reservations agents for now. Online availability is said to be planned for the later part of 2019.
The chart detailing AAdvantage miles accrual when you travel on China Southern Airlines marketed and operated flights as well as China Southern codeshare flights operated by American Airlines is available here.
Beyond earning and redeeming miles reciprocally, loyalty members of both airlines' frequent flyer programs can also reap benefits when they book flights through the other carrier's website directly. Also, eligible China Southern passengers will get to enjoy access to selected American Airlines lounges worldwide while eligible American Airlines passengers will enjoy access to China Southern Sky Pearl Lounges across Asia.
The partnership is certainly great news for frequent flyers who use the two airlines despite the fact that China Southern Airlines is not part of the Oneworld alliance at this time. No confirmation has been given at the moment whether China Southern Airlines will join Oneworld in the future. In case you didn't know, China Southern Airlines officially left the SkyTeam alliance on January 1 of this year.