Fiji Airways will soon join oneworld connect – the airline won’t be a full oneworld member but will rather be a connecting partner for oneworld and the goal is to transport passengers from/to oneworld airlines on Fiji Airways throughout the South Pacific. For most oneworld elite members (Sapphire and Emerald), this won’t mean much as the only benefits that will apply will be Priority Check-In and Priority Boarding.
Oneworld Connect will work a bit differently in that four airlines are sponsoring Fiji Airways to be a part of Oneworld Connect – American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Qantas Airways. Frequent flyer programme members from these four airlines will enjoy more benefits on Fiji Airways than members from other oneworld airlines. Specifically:
- Lounge Access (Sapphire and Emerald elites)
- Earning Miles (both Redeemable and Elite Qualifying)
- Redeeming Miles
- Baggage interlining
This means that you will be able to earn and redeem AA miles, BA Avios, CX miles, and QF miles on Fiji Airways! Out of those four airlines, the only one that currently does not partner with Fiji Airways in one way or another is British Airways.
As FJ is not fully joining oneworld, I expect to see these benefits implemented sooner rather than later as it can’t take that long for everything to be configured. The biggest benefit I see here is being able to redeem British Airways Executive Club Avios points for travel on FJ throughout the South Pacific. Flights to/from Australia/New Zealand and other islands around the South Pacific will be a great use of Avios points as most are short, nonstop flights. My only hope is that British Airways does not impose fuel surcharges on FJ flights, as that would probably kill the value of redeeming Avios.
Fiji Airways is an awesome airline and Fiji is a beautiful destination, so this new oneworld connect programme opens up more opportunities to visit paradise.