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Air China: Air China Club
Air France: Frequence Plus
Air India: Flying Returns
Air New Zealand: Air Points
All Nippon Airways: ANA Mileage Club
American Airlines: AAdvantage
Ansett Airlines: Global Rewards
Asiana: Asiana Bonus Club
British Airways: Executive Club
Canadian Air: Canadian Plus
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China Airlines: Dynasty Flyer
China Southern Airlines: Skypearl Club
Continental: OnePass
Delta: SkyMiles
Eva Air: Evergreen Club
Finnair: Finnair Plus
Gulf Air: Falcon
Iberia: Iberia Plus
Japan Airlines: JAL Mileage Bank
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines: Flying Dutchman



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Lufthansa: Miles and More
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Northwest Airlines: WorldPerks
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Philippines Airlines: PALsmiles
Qantas: Frequent Flyer
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Singapore Airlines: Krisflyer & PSS
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There are currently seven members of the oneworld alliance: American Airlines, British Airways, Canadian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia and Qantas. Members of the individual airline FFP plans can earn miles by flying any oneworld partner.

PASSAGES
Passages, Asia's first frequent flyer program, was a joint venture FFP between Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines. It ended on Jan. 31, 1999, although credits may be redeemed until Jan. 31, 2000.

QUALIFLYER
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The Star Alliance has nine member airlines: Air Canada, Air New Zealand (joining March 1999), ANA All Nippon Airways (joining October 1999), Ansett (joining March 1999), Lufthansa, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways, United and Varig. Members of the individual airline FFP plans can earn miles by flying any Star Alliance partner.

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A shared FFP between Northwest, Continental and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

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