The more you fly on the Star Alliance network, the faster you will earn sufficient miles or points to redeem for a reward ticket or upgrade.
There is no single Star Alliance Frequent Flyer Programme; simply join one of the programmes offered by our member airlines. Membership in any of the programmes gives you full access to the whole Star Alliance network, with no need to register with any additional programme.
Whenever you fly with one of our member airlines, provide your frequent flyer number when booking your flight or when checking in, and the miles or points will be credited to your account automatically, if you travel in eligible booking classes.
If you flew with one of our member airlines and forgot to enter your frequent flyer number, you can retroactively credit the miles via your Frequent Flyer Programme’s website.
You can join multiple member airline Frequent Flyer Programmes if you wish, but they are each managed separately, so you cannot transfer miles or points between them or combine them into one. By using a single Frequent Flyer Programme whenever you fly, you will reach Star Alliance Silver or Gold status faster.
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Steps to Earn Miles
Enrol in one of the 21 Frequent Flyer Programmes of our member airlines
Add your frequent flyer number to your flight booking. If you forget, you can always do it at check-in
Collect your miles and points across our 26 member airlines and achieve Star Alliance Silver or Gold Status
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Stuck in economy on a Star Alliance airline such as Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways or United, but without the Star Alliance Gold frequent flyer status that’ll get you into an airport lounge?
As it happens, you can buy your way into those lounges for a single yearly fee, thanks to lounge membership schemes run by Air Canada and United Airlines.
It’s a stark difference to the Qantas Club scheme where you’re granted lounge access only where Qantas or American Airlines flies, rather than across the full Oneworld network with other airlines such as Cathay Pacific or British Airways.
Star Alliance lounge locations
Air Canada and United’s lounge membership schemes – Maple Leaf Club and United Club, respectively – provide lounge access with their ‘home’ airline, but also double to unlock over 230 Star Alliance partner lounges around the world.
Included on that list is the Star Alliance business class lounge at LAX, Thai Airways’ Royal Silk Lounges in Bangkok, Singapore Airlines’ SilverKris lounges in Sydney and London, and SQ’s KrisFlyer Gold lounge at Changi Airport.
But unlike Star Alliance Gold status, lounge-only members can’t visit Star Alliance ‘contract’ lounges – that is, where the airline operating the flight doesn’t have its own lounge, and rather than using one from a fellow Star Alliance airline, it chooses (or needs) to use a different lounge facility.
For example, business class passengers and Star Alliance Gold members on Air India’s Melbourne-Delhi flights are invited to visit the Qantas International Business Lounge in Melbourne, whereas United Club and Maple Leaf members would be left at the front door.
Instead, hunt down a business class lounge of a Star Alliance airline in the same terminal – in this case, Air New Zealand’s Koru Club, Singapore Airlines’ SilverKris Lounge or the United Club – for a quiet place to work or rest before your flight.
It’s worth highlighting that this isn’t always a possibility as other airline lounges may open and close throughout the day, and that this tip also doesn’t apply in cities such as Mumbai, Shenzhen and Cape Town where only Star Alliance contract lounges are available.
Paid lounge membership: Air Canada vs. United
Maple Leaf ‘worldwide’ and United Club members can access the same basic set of lounges, but the price you’ll pay varies between the two.
Air Canada’s global Maple Leaf membership comes in at CA$665 (A$682).
A United Club card sets you back US$500 (A$637) with a joining fee of US$50 (A$64) in the first year.
Both programs allow you to bring one guest into any Star Alliance-operated lounge, although only United Club grants its members two adult guests in United’s own lounges the world over – including in Melbourne.
United Club members are also welcome in Amtrak’s ClubAcela lounges in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC when travelling by rail – and with a cheaper ongoing annual cost than Air Canada, United Club membership is the clear choice if it suits your travel habits.
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For a smoother connecting flight, travelers will want to look into these three airline alliances and find out how they improve the ride.
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A Guide to the Three Major Airline Alliances: Star Alliance, Oneworld and Sky Team
Originally conceived as a small-scale agreement to cooperate made between two airlines, airline alliances have grown into huge and ambitious projects, aiming – in the words of the world’s biggest alliance – to “take passengers to every city on earth.” Three major passenger airline alliances now exist, bringing together between 15 and 27 airlines to reach over a thousand destinations scattered all across the globe.
The advantages of airline alliances are clear. They offer passengers an extended network through code sharing agreements, where two or more airlines share the same flight, listing it in both their reservation systems; this makes booking easier and moving between connections more efficient. Flight times are therefore reduced, and – with operational costs more streamlined – ticket prices lowered (though of course alliances can also lead to a loss of competition on some routes and so occasionally have the opposite effect).
Furthermore, frequent flier rewards can be accumulated across airlines within the same alliance, reducing the time it takes to reach those sky-high mileage rewards. And round-the-world tickets can be bought far more easily, and cost a lot less, as the alliances work together to formulate an overall offer that takes passengers from the palms of the east Pacific to the ice-clad peaks of Patagonia – or wherever else you may wish to go.
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Star Alliance was the first major airline alliance and remains the biggest today. Operations began in 1997, when five airlines – Thai Airways International, Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines and United Airways – joined forces to provide more expansive and efficient air travel. At the time, the alliance stated its intention to “take passengers to every major city on earth,” and they have made significant strides towards this end in the years since. Membership has expanded to 27 airlines, with Copa Airlines bringing coverage of South America, Ansett Australia and Air New Zealand doing the same for Oceania, and Ethiopian and South African Airlines stitching in Africa. Recently, the alliance has lured huge providers of the future, such as Air China and Air India, into its embrace. At the time of writing, its members launch over 20,000 flights daily and encompass 1316 destination airports in 192 countries, knitting together the globe in spectacular fashion.
All 27 airlines in Star Alliance:
- Adria Airways, Slovenia
- Aegean Airlines, Greece
- Air Canada
- Air China
- Air India
- Air New Zealand
- All Nippon Airways, Japan
- Asiana Airlines, South Korea
- Austrian Airlines
- Avianca, Colombia
- Brussels Airlines, Belgium
- Copa Airlines, Panama
- Croatia Airlines
- Ethiopian Airlines
- EVA Air, Taiwan
- LOT Polish Airlines
- Lufthansa, Germany
- Scandinavian Airlines
- Shenzhen Airlines, China
- Singapore Airlines
- South African Airways
- Swiss International Airlines
- TAP Portugal
- Thai Airways
- Turkish Airlines
- United Airlines, United States
Oneworld was the second of the three major alliances to be born, launched two years after its rival Star Alliance. The founding members were all long-established, well-respected airlines such as British Airways, American Airlines and Qantas, who were soon joined by two more highly regarded European carriers, FinnAir and Iberia. LanChile then came on board to provide coverage of Latin America, followed by Royal Jordanian in 2005, the first Middle Eastern carrier to join any alliance. Notable recruits since then have included Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines, ensuring the alliance offers extensive coverage of Asia. Oneworld aims to forge relationships with “frequent international travelers,” particularly from the corporate and business world, a goal reflected in its HQ location on Park Avenue, NY. It serves just under 1000 destination airports in over 150 countries – substantially fewer than either of its rivals, but carefully targeted to appeal to its business clientele.
All 15 airlines in Oneworld:
- Air Berlin, Germany
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong
- Finnair, Finland
- Iberia, Spain
- Japan Airlines
- LAN Airlines, Chile
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qantas, Australia
- Qatar Airways
- Royal Jordanian
- S7 Airlines, Russia
- SriLankan Airlines
- TAM Airlines, Brazil
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SkyTeam is the youngest of the three major airline alliances, founded in 2000 by four airlines that together provided strategically broad coverage of the world’s air travel hotspots: Aeromexico, Air France, Delta Airlines and Korean Air. But the alliance has grown rapidly since its launch, overtaking Oneworld to encompass 20 member airlines travelling to 1,064 destination airports in 178 countries. Significantly diversified coverage has been brought to to the alliance by such carriers as China Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Saudi Airlines and Kenya Airways. Depth of experience is provided by KLM, the Dutch flag carrier which was founded in 1919 and is the oldest airline in the world still operating under its original name. In total, SkyTeam has 564 lounges dotted around the globe, serving around 588 million annual passengers.
Eventually during your time with Dawn of Titans you will want to join forces with others in order to conquer more lands and wreak havoc on the general populace. This is known as “Alliances” in this series and act as the main way to play with others that aren’t just the A.I. However, you are going to need to play a fair amount of the game before the online component unlocks for Dawn of Titans.
In order to even have the option of joining an Alliance players will need to accumulate 1,000 Victory Points (V.P.) before this feature is unlocked. You will start gathering this experience once you’ve upgraded your castle to level 3 and performed the raiding/capturing tutorial. After this, simply go about Dawn of Titans as you normally would, raiding and winning battles for your army. This will net you more points and eventually unlock the Alliance feature for your game.
After it’s unlocked click the tiny shield icon in the top left by your profile and it will take you to the Alliances menu area. From here you can browse, form, and search for different Alliances along with view the leaderboards to see who’s the best of the best. Typically you won’t be able to join an Alliance right away, so make sure to message the group and ask if their not open.
If you want to leave your current Alliance you will go through the same menu screen only this time choose to leave instead of sending a request to join. It may take some time, but Alliances are perhaps the best way to play Dawn of Titans. This is mainly because you will acquire troop reinforcements based on how many members are part of your new group. This can save you some headaches in battle and will let you use your resources elsewhere.
Say I’m a guy who’s fed up with The Empire. They’ve annexed my planet, killed my family and denied me my basic rights.
However, I’ve heard that there’s an alliance of Rebels working to fight The Empire. Rumor has it that they destroyed the Death Star.
How do I go about joining this Rebel Alliance? They aren’t going to have public recruitment stations, obviously, so is there any way to join without already knowing someone affiliated with them?
I suppose I could go the way of those Lothal rebels, and work with my own smaller group and perhaps the Rebel Alliance would come to me. Unfortunately, I don’t have the resources to do this, so it isn’t really a viable choice.
Do I have any real options here?
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You know a guy who knows a guy
“You’re going to join the rebellion?” he started. “You’ve got to be kidding. How?”
“Damp down, will you?” the bigger man cautioned, glancing furtively back toward the power station. “You’ve got a mouth like a crater.”
“I’m sorry,” Luke whispered rapidly. “I’m quiet—listen how quiet I am. You can barely hear me—”
Biggs cut him off and continued. “A friend of mine from the Academy has a friend on Bestine who might enable us to make contact with an armed rebel unit.”
“A friend of a—You’re crazy,” Luke announced with conviction, certain his friend had gone mad. “You could wander around forever trying to find a real rebel outpost. Most of them are only myths. This twice removed friend could be an Imperial agent. You’d end up on Kessel, or worse. If rebel outposts were so easy to find, the Empire would have wiped them out years ago.”
“I know it’s a long shot,” Biggs admitted reluctantly. “If I don’t contact them, then”—a peculiar light came into Biggs’s eyes, a conglomeration of newfound maturity and … something else—“I’ll do what I can, on my own.” – Star Wars: A New Hope – Official Novelisation
You form a cell, then do some low-level stuff against the Empire
In Star Wars: Rebels, our rebellious heroes are actually unaware that they’re working for the Rebellion proper. Only Hera has a connection to a planner, unaware that that planner; Fulcrum is actually a part of the Rebellion against the Empire.
When the time was right and they’d proven themselves to be both reliable and ideologically sound, the crew were invited to become part of the main cell. They were then tasked with recruiting others to join the fight, resulting in the formation of other small Rebel cells.
You keep your ear to the ground and hope someone makes contact with you
“Hey,” he said. “Can’t sleep?”
Lohgarra admitted she’d woken up hungry, then said Thane looked worried. “‘Worried’ isn’t exactly the word.” The number of people he trusted enough to share this with could have been counted on one hand, with fingers left over—but Lohgarra was among them. “Lieutenant Commander Antilles, from the, uh, unaffiliated group earlier today? He wants me to fly with them.”
That earned a roar of indignation. How dare that man try to steal her best pilot? Taking advantage of a crisis like that was unthinkable. She’d see to it that Thane got a raise, if that was what it took to keep him—
“No, no, Lohgarra, you don’t understand.” Thane lowered his voice. “They’re with the Rebellion.” – Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Lost Stars
Some Rebel units host open recruitment sessions on planets that they’ve (temporarily) liberated from Imperial control
When the civilians came out of hiding and into the plaza, the open recruit began.
Sergeant Zab’s squad—the squad Namir had once called, in a moment of pique, “morons who could make a hydrospanner backfire”—had somehow smuggled an astromech droid into the city surveillance center. From there, they’d accessed the public address system and broadcast the captain’s message: Twilight Company would soon depart Haidoral Prime. Those on Haidoral who shared the Rebellion’s ideals of freedom and democracy could remain to defend their homes, or they could sign on with Twilight to take the fight to the enemy. To go where the Rebellion was needed most. And so forth.
The captain recorded a new broadcast every time Twilight went looking to bolster its ranks, tailored to the needs and the circumstances of the local population. To Namir, all the messages sounded alike.
Open recruitments were technically against Rebel Alliance security policy, but they were a Twilight Company tradition and the captain was insistent the practice continue. So long as the Rebellion sent Twilight into hell time and again—and so long as Twilight survived—the company would replenish its losses from the ranks of the willing – Star Wars: Battlefront – Twilight Company
A number of threads have been started with members asking for guidance on which mileage programme they should join. In order to help users I have started this thread to allow people to post their requests for information here and to allow people to offer assistance.
For members asking for information please help people to assist you, can you provide:
(1) What is your home airport? (SFO, LAX, MCO, etc.)
(2) What types of fares do you usually buy ? (C, F, Y, etc.)
(3) How many miles do you usually fly each year? (<25K, 25k-50k, >50k)
(4) Do you have any kind of status at present? What is it? (UA Silver, M&M Senator etc)
(5) What is most important to you in a FFP? (Frequent upgrades on travel, priority services when flying the airline, good award redemption rates, free lounge access, etc.)
(6) Which routes do you fly most often (US Domestic, Transpacific etc)
(7) Preferred Airlines
(8) Do you travel for work or pleasure? (Can you chooose your airlines, class of service?)
If you fly less than 50k miles per year: it is almost guaranteed that your choice will be between Aegean Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Asiana Airlines. Please look up these airlines’ frequent flier programs, and make a decision as to which best suits your needs.
Some considerations to take into account:
Airlines tend to treat members of their own frequent flier program better than members of other frequent flier programs. If you fly one of these airlines, it is recommended that you choose that airline.
Some airlines have better earning/redemption charts for your pattern. For example, if you fly on cheap fares on a certain airline often, Turkish might give you miles for it, while Aegean might not. However, Turkish Airlines might charge much more for the redemption that you want to make than Aegean.
Asiana Airlines offers lifetime Star Alliance Gold for 500k miles over life. The other 2 airlines do not offer this benefit.
Asiana Airlines has a credit card in the USA and some other countries. If you are interested in credit cards, check to make sure that the program that you join has a credit card in your country.
If you still aren’t sure which frequent flyer program is for you after looking these up, feel free to ask on this thread.
I think Aeroplan suits my needs best:
1) No mile expiry so long as some activity every 18 months
2) Good deals on purchasing miles to arrive at balance for extravagant redemptions
3) 50K a year required for Star Gold, which is achievable for me (I might struggle to make LH Senator)
4) Quite a few non Star Alliance partners for earning / redeeming on
5) No AC metal requirement
Real taxes are the same for every airline flying the same route/class.
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Depending on the ffp, multi segment trips may cost more ff miles than indicated
I am currently trying to decide which FF program I should use for two upcoming business class trips until the end of the year from Canada to Europe on Star Alliance and how to make most out of it (I.e. to obtain a higher status with any of the FFP I am currently a member or any other better one).
The route will be identical on both runs – straight from Vancouver to Frankfurt with potential domestic transfer flights in Germany
A bit about my background:
(1) What is your home airport? YVR Vancouver
(2) What types of fares do you usually buy ? Usually I buy the cheapest Economy fares for private travel, but for intercontinental work trips it�s usually business class fares in either P, C or Z. For trips inside Canada or to the US it�s Economy Class and generally a flexible option.
(3) How many miles do you usually fly each year? 25k-50k, could be over 50k in 2022
(4) Do you have any kind of status at present? What is it? Finnair Plus Silver (27500 Tier points, 28/46 flights in current tracking period), LH Miles & More Basic (17k status miles in current year) and Aeroplan Basic (0 SQM,SQD or SQS)
(5) What is most important to you in a FFP?
As I travel outside of work generally in Economy, I would love to enjoy business class like benefits on these trips, like priority baggage drop and boarding. Lounge access is covered by priority pass using Canadian credit cards. Point redemption for flight awards is also important, as I collect Amex MR and Aeroplan points using various credit cards in Canada on a daily basis.
(6) Which routes do you fly most often? 1 – 2 times a year from Vancouver to Frankfurt/Berlin, a couple of times Vancouver – Toronto with potential transfers to Reykjavik and a few domestic flights from Vancouver to Winnipeg or other more nearby locations. Once or twice a year to destinations in the US.
(7) Preferred Airlines Open to anything, but flights to Germany are generally on LH direct. Otherwise Air Canada for domestic flights.
(8) Do you travel for work or pleasure? (Can you chooose your airlines, class of service?) For pleasure I choose my airlines, for work I am sometimes limited in the choices of which routes to use. Generally all flights over 6 hrs in business class and below that in Economy for work. Routing for work is generally the most direct option with least transfers.
Would really appreciate your expert advice of which FFP to go with! Many thanks in advance!
The Italian airline Alitalia has been trying for years to prevent a flight stop of its fleet caused by economic problems. Several rescue attempts by various investors have not been sustainable until today. A new ray of hope for the national airline could be joining the Star Alliance. This became evident when Giuseppe Leogrande, insolvency administrator of Alitalia, and Joerg Eberhardt, manager of Lufthansa’s Air Dolomiti subsidiary, spoke to members of the Italian Transport Commission yesterday.
According to Eberhardt, however, the purchase of Alitalia is not yet under discussion. Lufthansa is interested in a commercial partnership, but not in an investment. Giuseppe Leogrande welcomed the move, but this does not mean that it will be implemented – after all, Delta Airways, Air France-KLM, and the Italian state railway Ferrovie dello Stato are still interested in the insolvent company.
It is therefore interesting to see how the Italian flagship in passenger aviation will continue. Finally, we ask ourselves what interest Lufthansa might have in cooperating with a group that has been severely weakened economically. The main focus is probably on Rome Fiumicino Airport, which would be of interest to the company as a new hub in southern Europe. These intentions were also apparent from Eberhardt’s statements.
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No, not yet, but I think they are the most likely candidate for new member.
They recently introduces a FFP, the first sign that they are glancing further in the globe (although I think it might be only for UAE-based members).
Star Alliance has global coverage, with a gaping hole in the Middle East. IMO, Emirates is the best airline in the middle east. The other ones would be Gulf Air and El Al Israel. No one wants to show up two hours before a flight, and Gulf Air doesn’t have the coverage and reputation that Emirates has.
Oxford, what about Saudi Arabian? They seemed pretty good to me. although I would agree that Emirates are the best in the Middle East. best in the world, in fact.
I have to agree that without any doubt Emirates is the jewel of the Middle East Airlines – but why do you think they are linking with Star?
The have recently signed additional code-shares with OneWorld and Qualiflyer members, a strange strategy for someone about to join Star.
Emirates have linked up with United Airlines.
Maybe eventually with the rest of Star.
Ditto BA, CO & SAA.
As anyone who flies in the middle east knows, you have to differentiate between their local and long distance service. Short hops generally have awful service. You never know what seat you will have even with a confirmed ticket. The Dubai-Riyahd flights are especially bad on both Emirates and Saudi Air.
Longer flights out of the middle east are great on both Emirates and Saudi. But as someone else said, no way I’ll ever take El Al again no matter how good the on-board service is. For me it was 3 hours of questioning before they let me on the plane.
From what I’ve been told by folks I know there in upper management, Emirates prefers to stay independent and not be part of any alliance right now. They intend to remain independent for as long as possible.
I also seem to remember that UA has some type of alliance or partnership with Saudi.