On Friday Malaysia Airlines officially joined the OneWorld alliance, and it seems around the same time two new benefits were added for top tier OneWorld Emerald members. These two new benefits are as follows:
- An extra checked baggage allowance, above the standard limit for the cabin class in which they are traveling – either one additional item where the piece concept applies, or an extra 20 kg (44 lbs) where the weight concept applies – when they fly on any oneworld member airline.
- Use fast track lanes through security when flying from select key airports worldwide on select oneworld member airlines.
I don’t know what the fast track benefit means in practice sine I’ve found most airlines to already offer priority security for elite members, though the baggage benefit sure is welcome. OneWorld was lagging behind Star Alliance in this regard, given that Star Alliance has long offered an extra piece of luggage or an extra 20kg.
So now as a OneWorld Emerald member you get an extra piece of luggage or an extra 20kg of luggage beyond what you’d otherwise be entitled to.
Kudos to OneWorld on this!