TAM, a major Brazilian airline, and US Airways, which is merging with American Airlines, have joined the oneworld frequent traveler program alliance. Both are no longer members of the Star Alliance.
With these two airlines joining the oneworld alliance, the number of passengers carried annually within the alliance will increase by a third -- another 120 million customers a year.
Annual capacity offered by alliance members will expand by 20 percent. Nearly 100 destinations, a 10 percent increase, will be added to the global oneworld network.
American Airlines issued a statement on its Web site, providing detail about what the program means to both airlines' flyers.