Guide to the SkyTeam Alliance Airlines and Elite Status

SkyTeam Alliance Logo


The SkyTeam is the youngest alliance and my least favorite. Most of the airlines are based in the middle east or in Asia, and the SkyTeam lacks several elite airlines. Additionally, four of the SkyTeam airlines are partially owned by Delta (Aeromexico, Air France, KLM, and China Eastern). Delta is pushing a revenue-based award system, which kills off most of the good premium cabin awards.

SkyTeam Airlines

  • Aeroflot
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • Aeromexico
  • Air Europa
  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern
  • China Southern
  • Czech Airlines
  • Delta
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • MEA
  • Saudia
  • Tarom
  • Vietnam
  • Xiamen Airlines

China Southern is transitioning out of SkyTeam throughout 2019. 

Other SkyTeam Members: Hertz Car Rental

Lounge Finder: You can find a list of lounges by airport on the SkyTeam website.


Award Space Rules and Tips

Delta– Finding award space on Delta to use with a SkyTeam’s partners points is somewhat difficult. You “found” award space if it is at Delta’s lowest level. However, Delta does not publish an award chart, so knowing what the lowest level can be somewhat difficult.

Air France/KLM– Air France’s Flying Blue award search system is your best bet for searching SkyTeam award space, but you need to create an account first. 

Korean– You can search SkyTeam awards through Korean, but you must search only roundtrip awards. Korean’s system is a little clunky, so it is best to use Air France’s system to find dates and then use Korean’s system to verify those dates. 


SkyTeam Elite Status and Benefits

SkyTeam provides a tool where you see your how your elite status in a SkyTeam airline translates into SkyTeam Status. For example, Delta Silver is only SkyTeam Elite, but Delta Gold, Platinum, and Diamond equals SkyTeam Elite Plus, which gets you the Elite perks plus lounge access when flying internationally on a SkyTeam airline and priority immigration.

SkyTeam Elite Benefits

  • Extra Baggage Allowance
  • Priority Check-In
  • Priority Seating
  • Priority Boarding
  • Priority Airport Standby

SkyTeam Elite Plus Benefits

  • Lounge Access
  • Guaranteed reservations on sold-out flights
  • SkyPriority recognition
  • Priority at Transfer Desks
  • Priority at Immigration and Security Lanes
  • Priority Baggage Handling.
  • Extra Baggage Allowance
  • Priority Check-In
  • Priority Seating
  • Priority Boarding
  • Priority Airport Standby