Star Alliance – Member Airlines, Partners & Review

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star alliance logo Currently, Star Alliance has 26 member-airlines in its group. This will bring multiple travel benefits to the frequent traveler who is part of the Alliance Frequent Flyer Program.

Does your frequent flyer program belong to the Star Alliance? Discover how you can earn extra points and redeem rewards with other airlines around the world.

Airline alliances between multiple airlines offer flyers a number of benefits. While the primary aim of such alliances is to simplify inter-airline codeshare connections, belonging to a frequent flyer program that’s in an alliance also brings benefits like lower prices, access to shared airport lounges, extra points and more.

At the time of writing, Star Alliance rates as the largest global airline alliance and is considerably ahead of competitors oneworld and SkyTeam. Discover how you can take advantage of extra points and rewards with the Star Alliance.

What is the Star Alliance?

Star Alliance came into existence in 1997, with the coming together of five airlines from three continents. These included Lufthansa, United Airlines, Thai Airways International, Scandinavian Airlines, and Air Canada.

Every time you fly with an airline that is part of this alliance you get to earn points, and you can redeem accumulated points for flight tickets and flight upgrades. Given the number of airlines that are part of this network, you get scores of destination and flight options from which to choose. Depending on your membership status, you also get automatic access to a variety of travel benefits.

Which airlines belong to the Star Alliance?

Star Alliance currently includes 28 member airlines, and it serves over 641.10 million flyers every year through more than 18,500 daily departures. This alliance comprises over 4,600 aircrafts, more than 432,000 employees, and around 1,300 airports. It gives its members access to more than 1,000 airport lounges in over 190 countries. As a result, when you become part of this extensive network, you can look forward to flying to just about every destination in the world. Airlines that are part of the Star Alliance include the following:

  • Adria Airways
  • Aegean Airlines
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air India
  • Air New Zealand
  • ANA
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Austrian
  • Avianca
  • Avianca in Braz
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Copa Airlines
  • Croatia Airlines
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • EVA Air
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • TAP Portugal
  • THAI
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United

What are the benefits of belonging to the Star Alliance?

Some of the benefits you can expect from the Star Alliance include:

  • Earn and redeem points. While Star Alliance does not offer a frequent flyer program of its own, all you have to do to earn points is join a frequent flyer program of one of its member airlines. It is best that you choose the program that your favoured airline offers. Once you’re a frequent flyer program member, you stand to earn points no matter which member airline you use, and you can also redeem your points through all member airlines.
  • Status benefits. Every member airline defines its own tier status levels, which then translates to Star Alliance’s Silver and Gold status. When you get to the Silver status you can make use of priority reservations waitlist and priority airport standby. The Gold status, in addition to the Silver status benefits, also offers priority airport check-in, airport lounge access, priority boarding, extra baggage allowance, and priority baggage handling.
  • Airport lounges. All Star Alliance Gold status holders get access to more than 1,000 airport lounges globally. These include Star Alliance member airlines lounges as well as Star Alliance lounges, and these spaces give you the perfect way to relax and unwind just before a flight. You can access these lounges without Gold status, as long as you’re flying business class or international first. Star Alliance branded lounges exist in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Nagoya, Paris, and Sao Paulo.

What are the drawbacks of the Star Alliance?

While becoming a Star Alliance member can be a good idea, especially if you travel overseas from time to time, take into account that this alliance comes with drawbacks as well:

  • Limited to a certain number of airlines. The Star Alliance started with five member airlines, and it now consists of 28 member airlines. Given that there are hundreds of airlines globally, you can be sure there are scores that are not part of this alliance.
  • Independent rewards programs. The frequent flyer programs Star Alliance member airlines offer are independent of each other, so if you earn points through one frequent flyer program you cannot directly transfer them to another.

Being a part of the Star Alliance can open up a world of benefits for you, but make sure the airline you favour is part of this alliance. This is because not all popular airlines are part of the Star Alliance, and the airline or airlines you normally use might just be part of another airline alliance. As a result, compare your options well before making a decision.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I join a Star Alliance member airlines’ frequent flyer program?

You have to visit the member airlines website and complete the required formalities.

Do I get a Star Alliance card?

No, your frequent flyer program card comes linked to your Star Alliance account.

Do I earn miles or points through all Star Alliance member airlines?

Once you’re part of a frequent flyer program offered by a Star Alliance member airline, you stand to earn points or miles no matter which member airline you use.

Can I combine miles or points from different frequent flyer programs?

No. You cannot combine points and/or miles between two or more Star Alliance airline frequent flyer programs.

What do I have to do to redeem miles or points on Star Alliance member airline flights?

If you wish to redeem your points or miles for a flight onboard a member airline, you have to get in touch with your frequent flyer program service centre, and not that of the desired partner airline.

Is there a way I can find out about the location of lounges at different airports?

Yes. You can use the Lounge Finder Tool provided by Star Alliance, and you can also find maps of airports using Star Alliance airport information pages.

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24 Responses to Star Alliance – Member Airlines, Partners & Review

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    mary | October 13, 2015

    Can someone purchase a ticket from Aegean airlines in south Africa and fly to the US?

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      Sally | October 14, 2015

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for your question.

      Aegean’s flights only travel to Europe and the Middle East.

      You may like to consider Emirates or Etihad Airways if you’re looking to travel from South Africa to the US.

      I hope this has answered your question.



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    roger | April 23, 2015

    my mother has booked and paid for a return business class trip to Canada/USA for 3 weeks in June 2015 using her Commonwealth Bank(Aus) Mastercard(no annual fee) and flying with Air Canada(o/s) and United (nth. america) for a total cost of about $12,000.
    She is signed up as United mileage club member(part of star alliance) but signed up AFTER her airfares were fully paid for. Can she accumulate points or does Star Alliance only link up with Visa Cards?

    • Staff
      Jonathan | April 24, 2015

      Hi Roger, thank you for your inquiry!

      In order to gain frequent flyer points with United Mileage club, membership would be required before booking the flights. It would be best to directly contact United Mileage in regards to this inquiry. Star Alliance points can still be accumulated by providing the frequent flyer number with United Mileage at time of booking or check in for your flight.



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    Ravi | April 6, 2015

    Are Virgin or Qantas part of Star Alliance?

    • Staff
      Jonathan | April 7, 2015

      Hi Ravi, thanks for getting in touch with us!

      Currently Qantas and Virgin are not members of the Star Alliance. Qantas is a member of the Oneworld Alliance, more information on this program is available on this page. Please refer to the following link for more information on the Virgin Frequent Flyers program.



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    Kristin | February 26, 2015

    We have the United Explorer cards but aren’t earning enough miles to get us anywhere anytime soon. Is there another card with perhaps a bonus offer that can also help me accumulate Sky Miles? Thanks!

    • Staff
      Jonathan | February 26, 2015

      Hi Kristin, thanks for your inquiry!

      Velocity Rewards currently have a partnership with Delta Skymiles allowing you to purchase Delta reward flights with Velocity points. For a list of cards that support this partnership please see this page.



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    Valentine14 | January 13, 2015

    which credit cards are linked to Star Alliance?

    • Staff
      Jonathan | January 13, 2015

      Hi Valentine,

      Thanks for your question,

      If you belong to a frequent flyer programme offered by any Star Alliance member airline, and fly with another member airline, you can earn miles or points. Simply provide your frequent flyer number when booking your ticket or checking in for your flight. In the event your miles or points do not appear on your account, send all relevant tickets and boarding passes directly to your frequent flyer programme. As long a credit card is linked to a member airline frequent flyer programme, it will be effectively linked to Star Alliance.

      I hope this has helped!



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    tim | November 10, 2014

    I fly a lot throughout Asia for my work and would like to get an Australian Mastercard or Visa Card that is linked with Thai Airlines and the Star Alliance frequent flyer program. Does anyone know of any Aussie banks offering a good credit card like that? Thanks.

    • Staff
      Elizabeth | November 10, 2014

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can compare credit cards that allow you to earn or transfer points to the Thai Airlines rewards program on this page, and as you can see on this page Westpac offers a card linked to the Star Alliance program. You might also want to consider cards that allow you to transfer points into these programs, such as some American Express cards allow you to do.

      I hope this has helped.



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    owen | April 15, 2014

    I am a frequent flyer with Air New Zealand and would like to know what is the cost of joining the Star Alliance air port lounge access?

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      Jacob | April 15, 2014

      Hi, Owen.

      You can access any of the lounges from member airlines in the Star Alliance provided that you’ve reached the appropriate status level. Different lounges have different status requirements to enter. Alternatively, you can get a paid pass to one of the Star Alliance member lounges, the cost of the pass will depend on the lounge you’re visiting.

      Thanks for your question.

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    mark | February 27, 2014

    Is Belgium Airlines a member of Star Alliance????

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    Mark | January 3, 2014

    Is Emirates, Singapore and Qantas on this program?

    • Staff
      Jacob | January 6, 2014

      Hi, Mark.

      Thanks for your question.

      Qantas are a member of the One World airline alliance and Singapore Airlines are a member of the Star Alliance. Emirates are currently not a member of either of these airline alliances.

      I hope this helps.

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    Liz | May 8, 2013

    Hello I have a frequent flyer card with chase bank, but am australian and moving back to live in australia. i would like to find a credit card ( both for personal and for business) which gives me Frequent Flyer points to use with the star alliance.
    Currently I have a business account with Westpac bank and a personal account with Macquarie Bank and NAB ( National Australia Bank)

    • Staff
      Jacob | May 8, 2013

      Hi Liz. Thanks for your question.
      See this page on Singapore Airlines credit cards. If you belong to a Star Alliance member airline, you can use your points to fly with partner airlines. Jacob.

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