Qantas and Virgin Australia frequent flyers can take advantage of a generous status match to top-tier Gold status across all Star Alliance airlines. Your Gold or Platinum membership in the Qantas Frequent Flyer or Velocity Frequent Flyer schemes is all it takes to unlock 90 days of Gold-grade be...
POSTED 6 Mar, 2018 22 Comments
The Heathrow Express is the quickest and easiest way for business travellers to scoot between Heathrow Airport and London city, or at least Paddington Station – which is a decent place to settle in your hotel (I'm a fan of the hip little Hotel Indigo) or hop a Tube train or an Uber to your ...
POSTED 28 Feb, 2018 6 Comments
Travellers visiting two far-flung destinations on a single trip can now book their entire journey as a Star Alliance round-the-world ticket – replacing the alliance’s previous minimum of three stopovers, to better-compete with Oneworld’s comparable two-stop tickets. That means ...
POSTED 30 Jan, 2018 2 Comments
Star Alliance Gold is normally your reward for regularly flying with Star Alliance airlines throughout the year – unlocking perks like airport lounge access, priority check-in and priority boarding – but there’s a handy shortcut that can elevate you to Gold status after taking j...
POSTED 11 Dec, 2017 17 Comments
IN BRIEF | 2018 could see China Southern exit the SkyTeam airline alliance and take a seat at the Oneworld table as the Chinese airline looks to reposition itself on the global stage. The Guangzhou-based airline is one of China's 'big three' three state-run carriers, alongside fellow SkyTea...
POSTED 27 Nov, 2017 15 Comments
Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer members will need more miles to book flights with Star Alliance partner airlines from December, but as a trade-off, will be able to search for Star Alliance reward availability and make these bookings online rather than over the phone. Online reward bookings with Kr...
POSTED 16 Nov, 2017 11 Comments
Want to be an instant mileage millionaire? Star Alliance is giving away 21 million frequent flyer miles to mark the group's 20th anniversary. The worldwide competition ends on July 31, 2017, with 21 winners each pocketing one million miles in each of Star Alliance members' 21 loyalty schemes &nd...
POSTED 14 Jul, 2017 10 Comments
TALKING POINT | One side-effect of Star Alliance having a surprisingly large footprint in Australia – 11 member airlines, in all – is that many of our international airports boast several Star Alliance lounges. A case in point: both Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand operate loun...
POSTED 10 Jul, 2017 11 Comments
Shanghai's Juneyao Airlines has become the newest member of Star Alliance, with the Chinese airline now listed as the group's first 'Connecting Partner'. Rather than the full Star Alliance membership enjoyed by countrymates Air China and Shenzhen Airlines, alongside regional heavy-hitt...
POSTED 23 May, 2017 6 Comments
Star Alliance says it has little interest in signing up Virgin Australia as a member, despite its description of Australia as a "white spot" lacking a domestic Star airline. Speaking at a Star Alliance press conference in Frankfurt, Germany to mark the group's 20th anniversary, Star Alliance CEO...
POSTED 18 May, 2017 26 Comments
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