Have you ever had to untangle your way out of a codeshare? Do you even know what a codeshare is?
One of the most troublesome kinds of airline reservations is the codeshare where one airline places its ‘code’ on another airline’s flight and sells it as though it’s on their own planes and operated by their own crew. This often doesn’t work out well.
There are several ways that two airlines can partner with each other.
- Airlines can sell tickets on other carriers. This is part of interlining.
- They can enter a frequent flyer partnership, which may involve mileage-earning and some recognition for elite frequent flyers like priority check-in and boarding.
- … and more. It can be confusing for us mere mortals – and sometimes costly.