Seniors on the Go: Take advantage of airline alliances

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  1. sobore
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    These days, when you see an airline executive's comments about his line's future strategies, you're apt to see a lot of stuff about "alliances." That's no surprise; alliances are becoming increasingly important to the airlines -- and to you, as travelers. And although they've been expanding recently, some holes remain.

    Star Alliance -- 17 members. North American anchors are United, US Airways and Air Canada; others include intercontinental lines Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, Avianca/TACA, Brussels, Egyptair, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, SAS, Singapore, South African, Swiss, TAM, TAP Portugal, Thai, and Turkish; regional lines Adria, Aegean, Blue 1, Copa, Croatia, and Ethiopian; plus future members EVA and Shenshen.

    Skyteam -- 17 members. U.S. anchor is Delta; others include intercontinental lines Aeroflot, AeroMexico, AirFrance, Alitalia, China Eastern, Chine Southern, Czech, KLM, Korean, Middle East, and Saudia; regional lines AirEurope, Kenya, Tarom, and Vietnam; plus future members Garuda, Aeroleas Argentinas, and Xiamen,

    Oneworld -- 11 members; U.S. anchor is American Airlines; others include intercontinental lines Air Berlin, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan, LAN, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, and S7; plus future members Kingfisher and Malaysia

    These lineups are likely to change soon. TAM and LAN recently merged, and the industry speculates they will wind up in the same alliance -- most likely Star. And if US Airways merges with American, the merged company would probably remain with Oneworld.

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