• 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 51 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

  • 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 8 Aug, 2018 4 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 6 Aug, 2018 2 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 2 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

  • Star Alliance is considering new status tiers above Gold

    Star Alliance Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond? The world's largest global airline alliance – which includes heavy-hitters such as Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and United among its roster – is looking at adding one or more top rungs to its frequent flyer ladder. Star Alliance...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2018 11 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 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 15 Apr, 2018 32 Comments

  • These frequent flyers get a free Heathrow Express first class upgrade

    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 7 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 22 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

  • Star Alliance signs up Shanghai's Juneyao Airlines

    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 won't chase Virgin Australia to join up

    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

  • Star Alliance wants it to be harder to lose bags, points

    No business traveller likes to lose their bags or their frequent flyer points, so Star Alliance is doing something about it through a series of new 'technology hub' services connecting each member airline. The baggage hub, which went live at the end of 2016, "allows us to track and monitor bette...

    POSTED 15 May, 2017 2 Comments

  • The Star Alliance business class upgrade guide

    Whether you’re flying with Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, United or any other Star Alliance airline, you may be able to use frequent flyer points to upgrade your economy class ticket into a business class seat. This perk isn’t limited to the frequent flyers of each air...

    POSTED 29 Dec, 2016 6 Comments

  • Star Alliance tamps down Virgin Australia speculation

    Many Australian business travellers would consider the best Christmas gift they could receive this year would be to hear that Virgin Australia was joining Star Alliance. But they may have to settle for something less ambitious being left under the tree, with Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab (below)...

    POSTED 16 Dec, 2016 21 Comments

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