• Aditya Bagaria

Your guide to SkyTeam!

Updated: Dec 17, 2020


You may have seen the wavy-blue-like structure whenever you traveled on Delta Airlines within the States. That’s because Delta is part of the SkyTeam alliance!


Airlines:

1. Aeroflot

2. Aerolineas Argentinas

3. Aero Mexico

4. Air France

5. Alitalia

6. China Airlines

7. China Eastern

8. Czech Airlines

9. Delta Airlines

10. Garuda Indonesia

11. Kenya Airways

12. KLM

13. Korean Air

14. MEA

15. Saudia

16. Tarom Vietnam Airlines

17. Xiamen Air


Status:

If you hold qualifying status with any SkyTeam member, you will have Star Alliance Elite or Elite Plus status. For instance, Delta SkyMiles Diamond Medallion status holders are SkyTeam Elite Plus.


For this example, let’s assume I am a Diamond Medallion member on Delta. If I book a flight on Air France, I am sure to put my Delta SkyMiles number into the booking (done at the time of booking or on the reservation page). As soon as I link my Air France reservation with my Delta SkyMiles number, Air France verifies the number with the SkyMiles server and recognizes my Elite Plus status. This is extremely valuable as it lets every SkyTeam member knows I am a special customer and allows me to access lounges, priority boarding, etc.


Benefits:

SkyTeam Elite Plus

  • Lounge access

  • Guaranteed reservations on sold-out flights

  • SkyPriority recognition

  • Priority at transfer desks

  • Priority at immigration and security lanes

  • Extra baggage allowance

  • Priority baggage handling

  • Priority check-in

  • Priority baggage drop-off

  • Priority seating

  • Priority boarding

  • Priority airport standby

SkyTeam Elite:

  • Extra baggage allowance

  • Priority check-in

  • Priority baggage drop-off

  • Priority seating

  • Priority boarding

  • Priority airport standby


Bottom line:

SkyTeam has provided value at every status level. While Elite doesn’t have lounge access, it does have extra baggage allowance which can save costly extra luggage charges! Alliance status is a major perk when traveling abroad or in economy class. It can get you free upgrades, lounge access, and more!