Customers looking for frequent flyer award travel with the SkyTeam alliance
have more mileage redemption options than ever before.
“With SkyTeam Awards, you have the convenience of using just one award
ticket for travel to more than 500 worldwide destinations in more than 100
countries on a combination of the SkyTeam airlines,” said Paul G.
Matsen, senior vice president – international and alliances, Delta Air Lines.
The carriers have consolidated their individual award travel charts into one
easy-to-read chart and added new destinations, which gives customers more
options to redeem miles on the carriers. In addition to more travel options, in
several regions the carriers have reduced the number of miles needed for
The SkyTeam Awards are available for frequent flyer program members of
Aeroméxico, Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines and Delta. Korean Air will
offer the benefits to its frequent flyer members early next year.
With the addition of Korean Air, SkyTeam will offer customers the ability to
gain and redeem miles on any SkyTeam carrier, regardless of destination.
Unlike other alliances, these awards include travel on all North Atlantic flights
– including travel from SkyTeam hubs Atlanta Hartsfield, New York JFK and
Cincinnati International to Paris CDG, Milan Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino and
"For example,” Matsen said, “you may choose to fly with CSA Czech Airlines
from Prague to New York, and then proceed with Delta to Los Angeles. For
your return, you may fly with Air France from Los Angeles to Paris and connect with a CSA flight from Paris to Prague.”
The award chart prepared by the alliance - available on the individual carrier’s
Web sites – is an easy way for passengers to determine the best SkyTeam
award for their travel needs.
In addition to using SkyTeam Awards for travel to specific destinations, the
alliance offers customers the advantage of an around-the-world trip award.
The around-the-world trip award can be selected for only 140,000 miles and
allows you up to six economy flights with different members of the alliance
with a single ticket.
SkyTeam members Aeroméxico, Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta
and Korean Air provide a route network concentrated in the most competitive
markets where nearly 80 percent of airline travelers want to fly.
SkyTeam offers frequent flyers the opportunity to earn mileage
counted towards elite status when flying any of the six member airlines. These miles
can be exchanged for rewards (such as tickets for flights on any SkyTeam
airline). Furthermore, top-tier flyers on each of the alliance airlines
automatically attain SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus status with enhanced benefits that are additional to all member airlines’ current frequent flyer
program offerings. SkyTeam Elite members receive priority waitlist for reservations and at the airport, as well as separate check-in in addition to
other special travel benefits.
Customers with Elite Plus status qualify for the same benefits as SkyTeam
Elite members as well as guaranteed full fare economy-class reservations on
sold out flights, priority baggage handling, and access to more than 300
SkyTeam airport lounges for international trips, regardless of travel class.