Star Alliance is a global airline network with 26 member airlines, including Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines. It was established in 1997 and is designed to offer "a seamless journey" for travellers, as well as innovations.
For frequent flyer members, the Star Alliance makes it easier to earn and redeem points on partnered airlines, including for round-the-world bookings. It also recognises frequent flyer status, giving anyone with an equivalent of Star Alliance Gold Status access to over 1,000 airport lounges, plus perks like priority check-in and additional baggage.
How does the Star Alliance work?
- Airline network. Star Alliance members can make it easier to travel to different destinations or on routes with stopovers. Some benefits can include codeshared flights, easier connections between airlines (and locations), checked baggage all the way to your destination and support if you miss a flight.
- Frequent flyer points. If you are a frequent flyer member of a Star Alliance airline, you can earn and redeem points when flying with 26 member airlines. For example, if you are a member of Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer and you travel with Lufthansa Airlines, you can earn Krisflyer Miles for that flight.
- Silver and Gold Status. As you earn frequent flyer status miles or credits with a Star Alliance airline (or airlines), you can also reach Star Alliance Silver or Gold status. Benefits can include priority reservation waitlists, lounge access, priority check-in and extra baggage.
Star Alliance member airlines
- Aegean Airlines
- Air Canada
- Air China
- Air India
- Air New Zealand
- Asiana Airlines
- Brussels Airlines
- Copa Airlines
- Croatia Airlines
- Ethiopian Airlines
- EVA Air
- LOT Polish Airlines
- SAS (Scandinavian Airlines)
- Shenzhen Airlines
- South African Airways
Do Qantas or Virgin Australia belong to the Star Alliance?
No, neither Qantas or Virgin Australia belong to the Star Alliance. Qantas belongs to the oneworld alliance. Virgin Australia doesn't belong to an airline alliance but is partnered with carriers including Delta Air, Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airways.
How do the status levels work?
Each partner airline maintains its own status levels which equates to Star Alliance Gold or Silver membership.
For example, if you have gold status with Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, you will also have Star Alliance Gold status. Your frequent flyer program card will also show your respective Star Alliance status.
Some of the benefits you can expect include:
- Priority waitlisting
- Priority airport standby
The same benefits as Silver and:
- Airport lounge access at over 1,000 lounges worldwide when you travel on a Star Alliance member airline regardless of your class of service (First, Business, Premium Economy or Economy).
- Priority check-in.
- Gold Track priority security and immigration lanes at participating airports.
- Priority boarding.
- Extra baggage allowance.
- Priority baggage handling so you can get your bags more quickly at your destination.
What are the benefits of flying with a Star Alliance partner?
There are a variety of benefits associated with flying with a Star Alliance partner. The alliance of 28 airlines means that you get unparalleled access to airport lounges and have the ability to earn and redeem points with any partner airlines.
Earn and redeem frequent flyer points
You can earn points with your preferred airline's frequent flyer program when you're travelling with a Star Alliance carrier. You can also use the points or miles that you earn to redeem flights with any of the 26 partner airlines. To earn points by flying with other member airlines you can either book directly through Star Alliance and enter your frequent flyer details during the booking process or when making the booking through the airline's website.
Airport lounge access
Start your next holiday in style by spending your time at the airport relaxing in a lounge. If you're a Gold Star Alliance member, you can visit any of the 1,000+ lounges operated y a Star Alliance airline worldwide. If you're not a Gold member, you can still visit a Star Alliance partnered lounge if you're travelling in international first or business class. Star Alliance offers its own lounges in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Paris, Nagoya, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Amsterdam and Sao Paulo.
Star Alliance fares
Star Alliance offers a number of special fare types. These are designed for those doing a fair bit of flying, and offer discounts and your own personalised itinerary.
- Round the World Fare. You can plan an unforgettable adventure with the Round the World Fare. This fare allows you to fly to 195 countries on any of the 28 participating airlines. It is a multi-destination fare that can take you anywhere from Australasia to the Middle East to the Americas.
- Circle Pacific Fare. Visit exciting destinations in 25 countries with only one ticket when you take advantage of the Circle Pacific Fare. There are two fare mileage levels available under this category. Simply pick the one that choose your needs. It can be used to visit places in North America, South West Pacific, and Asia as long as it is within the mileage of your chosen level.
Star Alliance benefits for businesses
Star Alliance offers Corporate Plus can help simplify the logistics of booking travel if your business is a multinational corporation. Your company may be eligible for Corporate Plus if it has:
- A dedicated travel management function
- A mandated travel policy
- The ability to consolidate travel spend and detail the appropriate data
What are the differences between oneworld and Star Alliance?
Star Alliance, SkyTeam, and oneworld are the three largest airline alliances. The services they offer to passengers are quite similar but they're partnered with different airlines. The Star Alliance is that it has the largest alliance of airlines which flies almost 1,300 destinations in 195 countries. In contrast, oneworld flies has 13 airline partners which fly to 1,000 airports. Some of the airlines in the oneworld alliance include Qantas, American Airlines, Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific.