Star Alliance Airlines and Elite Status

The Star Alliance is the oldest and largest airline alliance with 27 member airlines. Star Alliance has by far some of the best points programs (Air Canada/Aeroplan, ANA, Asiana, Avianca/LifeMiles, Lufthansa, Singapore, Turkish, and United) and some of the top airlines in the world (ANA, EVA, Lufthansa, Singapore, Swiss, THAI, Turkish, and Austrian)

Star Alliance Airlines

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

Star Alliance Elite Status

You can see how your airline elite status matches to Star Alliance status using their tool. (e.g., United Silver is Star Alliance Silver, but United Gold/Platinum/1K are all Star Alliance Gold) 

Star Alliance Silver

  • Priority standby
  • Priority reservations waitlist

Star Alliance Gold

  • Airport lounge access 
  • Extra baggage allowance
  • Priority check-in
  • Priority baggage handling
  • Priority airport standby
  • Priority security
  • Priority immigration
  • Priority reservations
  • Priority waitlist
  • Priority boarding.

Award Space Rules and Tips

United and Aeroplan– United and Aeroplan are the easiest way to search for Star Alliance award space, but sometimes their systems will show phantom award space (award space that isn’t actually there). Therefore, you should call or check using ANA’s system to verify before you transfer points to a Star Alliance airline. 

ANA- ANA’s system is more accurate than United or Aeroplan, but it is harder to use. You must search round-trip itineraries, so if you need to search only one-way, pick a fake return 9+ months from the current date. 

Singapore Award Space– Singapore does not release all of their award space to their partners. Some award space is restricted, including Singapore’s first class, to their own points system. 

Swiss First Class- You can only book Swiss first class with their own points system.

Lufthansa First Class–  Only available to partners within 14 days of departure. If you want to book more than 14 days in advance, you need to use Lufthansa’s Miles and More points program. 

Air New Zealand– It is very difficult to find business class award space on Air New Zealand. Flying to Australia and New Zealand on points is very difficult and requires booking 6+ months in advance and a little luck. 


Other Things

Upgrades- You can see how many points you need to upgrade on a Star Alliance airline.

Lounge Access- Lounge Locations and Lounge Access Policy

Star Alliance Lounge Reviews

Wikipedia: Star Alliance Wikipedia Page