The HSBC Star Alliance Credit Card provides travel perks that can be used with Star Alliance member airlines – including Air New Zealand, Air Canada, Singapore Airlines and United. It earns 1 Star Alliance Point per $1 on eligible spending up to $3,000 per statement period, then 0.5 points per $1 after that.
It also offers fast-tracked Star Alliance Gold Status when you spend $4,000 in the first 90 days from account opening. This gives you access to premium frequent flyer perks including over 1,000 airport lounges, priority check-in and additional baggage on eligible flights. You’ll also save in the first year with a waived annual fee. But the $450 annual fee after that is at the higher end of the scale, so you’ll need to make sure the value you get from points and other perks is worth it.