China Southern--where to credit in 2019


Old Feb 12, 19, 7:27 am
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China Southern--where to credit in 2019

I understand from this forum that China Southern is out of the Skyteam Alliance. I have a flight on Feb. 23 in business. Although Delta's website still lists China Southern as a partner airline for which one can earn Delta miles, I'm not sure that is correct. And I'm not seeing any evidence that the relationship with American is active yet. Assuming one cannot get Delta or American miles, as a US traveler with frequent flyer accounts in all the US based airlines, as well as BA, what would folks suggest for where to credit my upcoming flight on China Southern? In other words, where would the miles not get wasted? Thank you in advance for your thoughts.
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Old Feb 12, 19, 9:34 am
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My end of 2018 understanding was that they would only continue to award SkyTeam partners for 2019 flights booked during 2018, but I'm honestly not certain of this interpretation. Would be interested in getting a data point or two.

Meanwhile, many CZ flights have AA flight numbers. For now, I believe you need to book with the AA code in order to earn miles. Of course, this often entails paying a substantial premium.

Eta: I just checked out where to Although not a definitive source, they currently list a lot of SkyTeam airlines, but not Delta.

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Old Feb 12, 19, 5:50 pm
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I just called China Southern and was told they have no partners for the Toronto to Guanzhou flight. We spent a lot of money for our business tickets, booked through CZ, thinking they were part of Skyteam, and am so disappointed the only miles we could earn would be on CZ, which I will not likely fly again. Any suggestions?
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Old Feb 13, 19, 3:12 am
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For 2019, CZ is treated as a ST member, even though it left ST. What happens after 2019 is unknown.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 8:51 am
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Correct I flew CZ just the past few weeks they are still admitting skyteam elite plus members to their lounges (while flying economy/premium economy) and I also had the miles added to my CI (China airlines ) account. So you should have no trouble getting the miles into your Delta account. At the end of 2019 look in the news for any announcement from CZ if they intend to fully end cooperation with Skyteam members.
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