• 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 17 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 11 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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