• Star Alliance halts plan for new Platinum, Diamond status tiers

    Star Alliance is no longer actively considering new alliance-wide elite tiers above the Gold level – such as Star Alliance Platinum, or even Star Alliance Diamond as tipped in 2018 – with the alliance instead redirecting its focus to bolstering benefits for its long-standing Star Alli...

    POSTED 2 Jun, 2019 15 Comments

  • Star Alliance opens refurbished business, first class lounges in Paris

    Business class and first class passengers travelling with Star Alliance airlines from Terminal 1 at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport – a roster that includes Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines and more – can now retreat to an updated Star Alliance lounge before t...

    POSTED 8 May, 2019 7 Comments

  • Singapore KrisFlyer lifts Star Alliance business class reward rates

    Members of Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer scheme will need more miles to book business class and first class flights with Star Alliance airlines around the globe from next month, adding up to 30,000 miles to the cost of flight bookings with the likes of Air Canada, Thai Airways, United and m...

    POSTED 25 Mar, 2019 3 Comments

  • Star Alliance opens new Amsterdam business class lounge

    Star Alliance passengers jetting out from Amsterdam can now relax in an all-new business class lounge which opens its doors today. Located in Schiphol Airport's Departures Area 2, the lounge – which is the eighth Star Alliance-branded lounge worldwide – is geared towards member ...

    POSTED 8 Mar, 2019 9 Comments

  • Five things I learned flying round-the-world with Star Alliance

    Taking a round-the-world trip is quite different to a typical return flight: you’re always jetting onward to the next place rather than backward along the same path, and the nature of the ticket allows you to visit many cities (or clients) on a single trip abroad. I had the chance to fly r...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2019 22 Comments

  • London Heathrow T2 Star Alliance business class lounges

    Star Alliance passengers have many lounges to choose from at London's Heathrow Airport, helped by the fact that all Star Alliance flights depart from the same terminal, making it easy for passengers to choose their lounge. Whether you're travelling near or far, every business class departure lou...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2019 6 Comments

  • Star Alliance's new Amsterdam lounge will open March 7

    Star Alliance will open its new Amsterdam lounge on March 7, representing a substantial upgrade to the airport’s original Star alliance lounge, not only in capacity – with room for as many as 200 passengers – but in offering large windows with a view across the tarmac. &ld...

    POSTED 5 Feb, 2019 3 Comments

  • How to book a Star Alliance round-the-world trip

    To many travellers, jetting round-the-world could just be The Trip of a Lifetime – but for savvy high flyers, these itineraries can be both a time- and cost-efficient way to conduct business or attend to meetings around the globe. Well-planned trips can slash thousands of dollars off the p...

    POSTED 2 Jan, 2019 7 Comments

  • How to plan a Star Alliance round-the-world trip

    Flying around the world may seem like an extravagant sojourn, but smart business travellers can use these tickets to get more from their journeys – visiting clients in multiple cities one after the next, rather than taking a separate trip for every meeting, saving precious time. Round-the-...

    POSTED 2 Jan, 2019 2 Comments

  • Star Alliance Gold status match for Qantas, Virgin Australia

    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 20 Dec, 2018 45 Comments

  • AirNZ offers Star Alliance Gold status match to Qantas, Virgin flyers

    Air New Zealand is looking to bolster its frequent flyer ranks by raiding the Gold-grade ranks of competing airlines with the promise of an instant status match to its Airpoints Gold / Star Alliance Gold tier. The Kiwi airline's 'Touch of Gold' promotion is limited to residents of Australia and ...

    POSTED 11 Sep, 2018 53 Comments

  • A business traveller's guide to London Heathrow Terminal 2

    Officially dubbed The Queen’s Terminal, T2 at London’s Heathrow Airport houses almost every Star Alliance airline in the world, with 24 of the alliance’s 28 member carriers flying into and out of Terminal 2, along with a few others such as Aer Lingus, Eurowings and Flybe. For...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2018 14 Comments

  • Behind the scenes at Star Alliance's Frankfurt Connection Centre

    For any traveller, and especially for business travellers, making a connection between flights can be a case of when things run wonderfully smoothly or, from time to time, when things go unavoidably wrong. At Frankfurt Airport, in a nondescript building adjacent to the bustling main terminal, a ...

    POSTED 13 Aug, 2018 5 Comments

  • Etihad is reportedly open to joining Star Alliance

    Etihad Airways has opened the door to working with and potentially joining Star Alliance as the airline seek to re-invent its business model to include new alliances and codeshare partnerships. Etihad launched its own partner alliance scheme in 2014 with seven other airlines of which three &ndas...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2018 16 Comments

  • Your guide to Star Alliance business class lounges at Bangkok Airport

    Flying internationally from Bangkok with Thai Airways, or on another Star Alliance airline like Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines or Turkish Airlines? You’re spoiled for lounges at Bangkok Airport, with up to nine to choose from depending on your itinerary and Star Alliance status. Better yet,...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2018 4 Comments

  • A stylish Star Alliance lounge is now open at Rome's Fiumicino Airport

    Star Alliance travellers jetting out of Rome will enjoy a lush lounge experience following the opening of the new Star Alliance lounge at Fiumicino Airport. Located on the upper level of Boarding Zone D in Terminal 3, with room for 130 passengers, the lounge is handy to the departure gate...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2018 8 Comments

  • Star Alliance eyes new lounge, airline co-location at Hong Kong T2

    Star Alliance hopes to bring all of its member airlines together into a single terminal at Hong Kong and could open its own Star-branded lounge similar to those at Los Angeles, Paris and Buenos Aires. The alliance’s preference will be to take a ‘clean sheet’ approach with the n...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2018 2 Comments

  • Star Alliance keen on dynamic award pricing across all member airlines

    Star Alliance wants to see more of its members adopt dynamic pricing on seats booked using frequent flyer points or miles, with the eventual aim of opening up every seat on every flight across every member. Rather than airlines making just a handful of seats available to purchase with a fixed nu...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2018 7 Comments

  • Travel tip: find new airport lounges via these online directories

    When travelling in business class or first class, or with a Gold or Platinum-grade frequent flyer card in your passport wallet, chances are you’ll have access to an airport lounge: and there’s an easy way to see which lounges you can enter by searching through various online directori...

    POSTED 18 May, 2018 3 Comments

  • Star Alliance takes on Oneworld with two-stop round-the-world fares

    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

  • How to get Star Alliance Gold status after just three flights

    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 23 Comments

  • China Southern to leave SkyTeam, join Oneworld?

    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 increases Star Alliance award rates

    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 12 Comments

  • Star Alliance is giving away 21 million frequent flyer miles

    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

  • Sydney Airport Star Alliance lounges: Singapore Airlines vs AirNZ

    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

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