Although China Southern formally left the SkyTeam alliance already back on January 01, not much has changed so far for frequent flyers since all partnerships with SkyTeam carriers continue to be in place, except for the one with Tarom. A first step towards the future has now been completed in the form of a mutual Frequent Flyer partnership in the Sky Pearl Club with American Airlines. As China Southern might not join oneworld nevertheless, it is definitely possible that it will stick to hand-picked partnerships with SkyTeam members bringing it a real added value. For instance, Air France KLM and Kenya Airways would be such candidates as well as Xiamen Airlines, in which they hold a majority stake. But it still remains to be seen what the impact of Qatar Airways’ new minority stake in China Southern will be.