When you go to redeem your miles, you can often use Airline B’s miles to fly on any number of other airlines, including back on Airline A!Several of the Star Alliance airlines actually share a frequent flyer program, Miles & More, so that adds an extra layer of confusion. By contrast, the oneworld alliance isn’t quite as big, but has been growing a lot lately: Similar to the Miles & More program within Star Alliance, several Sky Team airlines share a frequent flyer program called Flying Blue.This information can be found on your primary frequent flyer program’s website and in the programs terms and conditions.The frequent flyer programs within Sky Team are independent and miles earned cannot be combined.In the event of any mileage or financial discrepancy, the payment calculations under this Agreement shall be based upon data contained in Delta's records, and the data in Delta's records shall take precedence over the data in any other records.• Any miles transferred through this agreement may not be conveyed to persons engaged in the sale, direct or indirect, of flight miles or arranging for the sale of such miles.Any improper usage of miles pursuant to this Agreement and the Transfer Miles Program, or any other misuse of miles, shall be grounds for immediate confiscation and forfeit of such miles, and may be grounds for the forfeiture of all miles in the Member's account and the Member's ejection from the Sky Miles Program.• Miles can be transferred in increments of 1,000 miles, with a minimum transfer of 1,000 miles.
So here is a snapshot of the policies of a few of the major programs, and then I’ll go into more detail below: Even though Alaska has partner airlines that belong to multiple alliances, they don’t belong to an alliance themselves.
Most legacy airlines (that means the big-name traditional carriers, as opposed to the smaller or low-cost carriers) are affiliated with other legacy airlines, either through alliances or individual partnership agreements.
In many cases, this means that you can fly Airline A, and earn miles on Airline B.
Each Member is limited to transferring no more than 150,000 miles from his/her account and no recipient may receive more than 300,000 transferred miles from any other Sky Miles Program account or combination of accounts in any calendar year.
Any miles beyond this limit will not be transferred from member's account or posted to any recipient's account.• The Member's acceptance of the terms of this Agreement authorizes Delta to charge the credit card that such Member provides under the Transfer Miles Program for the amount stated, based on the number of miles transferred by such Member.