How Does Star Alliance Work

Star Alliance is the largest of the 3 global airline alliances and consists of 26 member airlines who fly to more than 1,300 destinations.

Star Alliance has 2 status levels.

Silver – Silver is acquired through flying 10,000-35,000 miles in a year or about 25-35 segments. The benefits of silver is Priority Reservations waitlist which means you will be given higher priority to book a flight if someone cancels. If you would like to take an earlier flight your Silver status grants you higher priority.

Gold – Gold status usually requires you to fly more than double the miles and segments of silver.  The Benefits of Silver include those of Silver as well as Airport Lounge access to over 1,000 lounges worldwide regardless of class of service. Gold members are allowed to bring one guest into the lounge who is also departing that day. Extra Baggage allowance of up to 20kg or an additional piece of luggage. Always check with your carrier. Priority Airport Check-in through the Priority counters which normally have shorter lines. Priority Boarding with first and business class passengers. Priority baggage handling with your baggage arriving first.

Redeeming, Earning and using frequent flyer points in Star Alliance

Star Alliance does not offer its own program. Each alliance member has its own frequent flyer program with its own rules. When you join any of the alliance members frequent flyer program you can then earn and redeem miles on all qualifying flights. It’s very important to remember to enter your membership number when booking flights.

You cannot transfer points from one member’s frequent flyer program to another airlines program or combine points from one airline’s program with another.

You are allowed to redeem your points earned in one program for travel awards on any of the Star Alliance partner airlines.

You can transfer points to a family member but fees may apply and you can use points to upgrade to the next class of service on many of Alliance member airlines. This can be requested when you book your flight.