The Star Alliance: Everything You Need to Know [Partners Listed]

The Star Alliance

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Star Alliance

“The Way the Earth Connects”

Founded: May 14, 1997
Headquarters: Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The Numbers / Statistics

  • Annual Customers: 728 million
  • Daily Flights: 18,800+
  • Destinations: 1,300+
  • Countries: 193
  • Combined Fleet: 4,919 aircraft
  • Lounges: 1,100+
  • Employees: ~423,210
  • Annual Revenue: ~ $171 billion


Air CanadaEVA Air
Air ChinaLOT Polish Airlines
Air IndiaLufthansa
Air New ZealandScandinavian Airlines
ANAShenzhen Airlines
Asiana AirlinesSingapore Airlines
AustrianSouth African Airways
Brussels AirlinesTAP Air Portugal
Copa AirlinesThai Airways
Croatia AirlinesTurkish Airlines
Egypt AirUnited Airlines

How it Works

Consistent with the other major airline alliances, Star Alliance itself does not host an individual frequent flyer program.

To achieve Star Alliance status, members must first accrue status through their respective partner airline of choice. Once this is achieved, an equivalent Star Alliance tier status is issued (see “Status Equivalents” below).

Miles earned through multiple different airline programs cannot be transferred or combined to reach the designation for Star Alliance status.

That being said, passengers traveling on eligible flights operated by Star Alliance member airlines will accrue miles/points which can be redeemed across the entire Star Alliance network.

Status Levels

Star Alliance lounge in Rome FCO Airport
The new Star Alliance lounge in Rome FCO Airport. Image Credit: Star Alliance


Essentially, the purpose of Star Alliance status levels is to translate elite status benefits across partner airlines. For example, if you fly on United Airlines and have the equivalent of Star Alliance Gold, you should be able to get perks such as extra baggage when flying on Lufthansa or any other Star Alliance partner.

Star Alliance TierSilverGold
Priority Reservation Waitlist / Standby
Priority Check-In
Priority Boarding (where available)
Extra Baggage Allowance
Priority Baggage Handling
Worldwide Lounge Access
Priority Security Lanes (Gold Track – where available)
Priority Immigration (Gold Track – where available)

Tier Breakdown

Star Alliance Silver

When your respective tier status is equivalent to Star Alliance Silver, you may take advantage of the following benefits, no matter which Star Alliance airline you are flying or cabin class you’re assigned.

Priority on Waitlists and When on Standby (Where Offered)

  • This allows those with status to move ahead of other non-status flyers on reservation lists and standby lists, making it more likely to be granted a seat on the flight in question, except when flying on an award ticket.

Star Alliance Gold

When your respective tier status is equivalent to Star Alliance Gold, you may take advantage of the following benefits, no matter which Star Alliance airline you are flying or cabin class you’re assigned.

Priority on Waitlists and When on Standby (Where Offered)

  • This allows those with status to move ahead of other non-status flyers on reservation lists and standby lists, making it more likely to be granted a seat on the flight in question, except when flying on an award ticket.

Access to Priority Check-In Counters

  • This can significantly expedite the time spent in line/at the airport ticket counter.

Access to Priority Boarding

  • Star Alliance Gold members board along with First and Business Class passengers (where offered).

Extra Baggage Allowance*

  • Using the “weight” concept, Star Alliance Gold members are eligible for an additional 44 pounds (20 kg.) baggage weight.
  • Using the “piece” concept, Star Alliance Gold members are eligible for 1 extra piece of luggage.

* Exclusions apply, including intra-Europe “Light” fares from Lufthansa, Austrian, and SWISS; “Check&Go” fares from Brussels Airlines, and “Go light” fares from “SAS”. Also, Air New Zealand’s “Seat” fares are ineligible for extra baggage allowance. 

Priority Baggage Handling

  • This ensures Star Alliance Gold member baggage is among the first on the belt from aircraft to carousel when traveling on any cabin on any eligible Star Alliance flight.

Access to Over 1,100 Airport Lounges (When You Fly on a Member Airline Flight)*

  • This includes premium first class, business, and frequent flyer lounges, regardless of service class flown at the time of travel, for you and 1 guest traveling on the same flight.

* Exceptions apply.

Access to Priority Security Lanes (At Select Airports, for Select Carriers)

  • Star Alliance Gold Track can significantly decrease security wait times.
  • Restrictions and local agreements cause significant variations in the ability to utilize this benefit. More information is available here.

Access to Priority Immigration Lanes (At Select Airports, for Select Carriers)

  • Star Alliance Gold Track can significantly decrease immigration/customs wait times.
  • Restrictions and local agreements cause significant variations in the ability to utilize this benefit. More information is available here.

Status Equivalents

Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines

  • Miles & More Frequent Traveller = Star Alliance Silver
  • Miles & More Senator = Star Alliance Gold
  • Miles & More HON Circle = Star Alliance Gold

Aegean Airlines

  • Miles+Bonus Silver = Star Alliance Silver
  • Miles+Bonus Gold = Star Alliance Gold

Air Canada

  • Aeroplan Prestige 25K = Star Alliance Silver
  • Aeroplan Elite 35K = Star Alliance Silver
  • Aeroplan Elite 50K = Star Alliance Gold
  • Aeroplan Elite 75K = Star Alliance Gold
  • Aeroplan Super Elite 100K = Star Alliance Gold

Air China, Shenzhen Airlines

  • PhoenixMiles Silver = Star Alliance Silver
  • PhoenixMiles Gold = Star Alliance Gold
  • PhoenixMiles Platinum = Star Alliance Gold

Air India

  • Flying Returns Silver Edge Club = Star Alliance Silver
  • Flying Returns Golden Edge Club = Star Alliance Gold
  • Flying Returns The Maharajah Club = Star Alliance Gold

Air New Zealand

  • Airpoints Silver = Star Alliance Silver
  • Airpoints Gold = Star Alliance Gold
  • Airpoints Elite = Star Alliance Gold

All Nippon Airways (ANA)

  • ANA Mileage Club Bronze = Star Alliance Silver
  • ANA Mileage Club Super Flyers = Star Alliance Gold
  • ANA Mileage Club Diamond = Star Alliance Gold
  • ANA Mileage Club Platinum = Star Alliance Gold

Asiana Airlines

  • Asiana Club Gold = Star Alliance Silver
  • Asiana Club Diamond = Star Alliance Gold
  • Asiana Club Diamond Plus = Star Alliance Gold
  • Asiana Club Platinum = Star Alliance Gold


  • LifeMiles Silver = Star Alliance Silver
  • LifeMiles Gold = Star Alliance Gold
  • LifeMiles Diamond = Star Alliance Gold

Copa Airlines

  • ConnectMiles Silver = Star Alliance Silver
  • ConnectMiles Gold = Star Alliance Gold
  • ConnectMiles Platinum = Star Alliance Gold
  • ConnectMiles Presidential Platinum = Star Alliance Gold


  • EgyptAirPlus Silver = Star Alliance Silver
  • EgyptAirPlus Gold = Star Alliance Gold
  • EgyptAirPlus Platinum = Star Alliance Gold

Ethiopian Airlines

  • ShebaMiles Silver Club = Star Alliance Silver
  • ShebaMiles Gold Club = Star Alliance Gold
  • ShebaMiles Platinum Club = Star Alliance Gold


  • Infinity MileageLands Silver = Star Alliance Silver
  • Infinity MileageLands Gold = Star Alliance Gold
  • Infinity MileageLands Diamond = Star Alliance Gold

Scandinavian Airlines

  • EuroBonus Silver = Star Alliance Silver
  • EuroBonus Gold = Star Alliance Gold
  • EuroBonus Diamond = Star Alliance Gold
  • EuroBonus Pandion = Star Alliance Gold

Singapore Airlines

  • KrisFlyer Elite Silver = Star Alliance Silver
  • KrisFlyer Elite Gold = Star Alliance Gold
  • KrisFlyer PPS Club = Star Alliance Gold
  • KrisFlyer Solitaire PPS Club = Star Alliance Gold
  • KrisFlyer Solitaire PPS Club Life = Star Alliance Gold

South African Airways

  • Voyager Silver = Star Alliance Silver
  • Voyager Gold = Star Alliance Gold
  • Voyager Platinum = Star Alliance Gold
  • Voyager Lifetime Platinum = Star Alliance Gold

TAP Portugal

  • Miles&Go Silver = Star Alliance Silver
  • Miles&Go Gold = Star Alliance Gold

Thai Airways International

  • Royal Orchid Plus Silver = Star Alliance Silver
  • Royal Orchid Plus Gold = Star Alliance Gold
  • Royal Orchid Plus Platinum = Star Alliance Gold

Turkish Airlines

  • Miles&Smiles Classic Plus = Star Alliance Silver
  • Miles&Smiles Elite = Star Alliance Gold
  • Miles&Smiles Elite Plus = Star Alliance Gold

United Airlines

  • MileagePlus Premier Silver = Star Alliance Silver
  • MileagePlus Premier Gold = Star Alliance Gold
  • MileagePlus Premier Platinum = Star Alliance Gold
  • MileagePlus Premier 1K = Star Alliance Gold
  • MileagePlus Global Services = Star Alliance Gold

In order to enjoy Star Alliance Silver, you must have one of these statuses:

List of Star Alliance Silver Equivalent Statuses
Air Canada Aeroplan Prestige 25KLifeMiles Silver
Air Canada Aeroplan Elite 35KMileagePlus Premier Silver
Airpoints SilverMiles&Smiles Classic Plus
ANA Mileage Club BronzeMiles&Go Silver
Asiana Club GoldMiles+Bonus Silver
ConnectMiles SilverMiles & More Frequent Traveler
EgyptAirPlus SilverPhoenixMiles Silver
EuroBonus SilverRoyal Orchid Plus Silver
Flying Returns Silver Edge ClubShebaMiles Silver Club
Infinity MileageLands SilverVoyager Silver
KrisFlyer Elite Silver

Conversely, you’ll receive Star Alliance Gold if you have any of these statuses:

List of Star Alliance Gold Equivalent Statuses
Airpoints GoldKrisFlyer PPS Club
Airpoints EliteKrisFlyer Solitaire PPS Club
Aeroplan Elite 50KKrisFlyer Solitaire PPS Club Life
Aeroplan Elite 75KLifeMiles Gold
Aeroplan Super Elite 100KLifeMiles Diamond
ANA Mileage Club Super FlyersMileagePlus Premier Gold
ANA Mileage Club DiamondMileagePlus Premier Platinum
ANA Mileage Club PlatinumMileagePlus Premier 1K
Asiana Club DiamondMileagePlus Global Services
Asiana Club Diamond PlusMiles&Go Gold
Asiana Club PlatinumMiles&Smiles Elite
ConnectMiles GoldMiles&Smiles Elite Plus
ConnectMiles PlatinumMiles+Bonus Gold
ConnectMiles Presidential PlatinumMiles & More Senator
EgyptAirPlus GoldMiles & More HON Circle
EgyptAirPlus PlatinumPhoenixMiles Gold
EuroBonus GoldPhoenixMiles Platinum
EuroBonus DiamondRoyal Orchid Plus Gold
EuroBonus PandionRoyal Orchid Plus Platinum
Flying Returns Golden Edge ClubShebaMiles Gold Club
Flying Returns The Maharajah ClubShebaMiles Platinum
Infinity MileageLands GoldVoyager Gold
Infinity MileageLands DiamondVoyager Platinum
KrisFlyer Elite GoldVoyager Lifetime Platinum

Co-Location Airports

Connecting at London Heathrow Airport
Connecting at London Heathrow Airport. Image Credit:

Star Alliance offers a number of co-location airports where specific terminals are dedicated to Star Alliance member airlines offering combined ticketing and check-in counters, member lounges, baggage facilities, and other services. This is an “everything under 1 roof” operating logic, though some exceptions apply.

  • Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN): Terminal 1
  • Beijing Capital (PEK): Terminal 3E
  • Cairo International (CAI): Terminal 3
  • Chongqing Jiangbei International (CKG): Terminal 2B
  • Indira Gandhi International, Delhi (DEL): Terminal 3
  • Dublin Airport (DUB): Terminal 1; United Airlines located in Terminal 2
  • Frankfurt Airport (FRA): Terminal 1
  • Baiyun International Airport, Guangzhou (CAN): Terminal 1; Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways located in Terminal 2
  • Hong Kong International (HKG): Terminal 1; Thai Airways located in Terminal 2.
  • London-Heathrow (LHR): Terminal 2
  • Manchester International Airport (MAN): Terminal 1; Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, and Air Canada Rouge in Terminal 2; Adria Airways in Terminal 3
  • Benito Juárez International, Mexico City (MEX): Terminal 1; Copa Airlines is located in Terminal 2
  • Miami International (MIA): Concourse J; United Airlines is located in Concourse G
  • Munich Airport (MUC): Terminal 2; Turkish Airlines is located in Terminal 1
  • Domodedovo International, Moscow (DME): Concourse A; Air China, Brussels Airlines, and SAS located in Sheremetyevo Airport; Turkish Airlines is located in Vnukovo Airport
  • Charles de Gaulle, Paris (CDG): Terminal 1; Austrian Airlines and Croatia Airlines are located in Terminal 2D; Air Canada and Ethiopian Airlines are located in Terminal 2A; Air India is located in Terminal 2C
  • Phuket International (HKT): Terminal 1; Thai Airways is partially located in Terminal 2
  • São Paulo-Guarulhos International (GRU): Terminal 3; Avianca and Copa Airlines is partially located in Terminal 2
  • Incheon International, Seoul (ICN): Terminal 1
  • Shanghai Pudong International (PVG): Terminal 2
  • Stockholm-Arlanda (ARN): Terminal 5; SAS domestic flights depart from Terminal 4
  • Taiwan Taoyuan International, Taipei (TPE): Terminal 2; Thai Airways is located in Terminal 1
  • Narita International, Tokyo (NRT): Terminal 1 – South Wing; Air India is located in Terminal 2
  • Toronto Pearson International (YYZ): Terminal 1
  • Vienna International (VIE): Austrian Star Alliance Terminal (Check-in 3); Aegean and Turkish Airlines are located in Check-in 1.

Global Travel

Due to the number of cooperating airlines, providing travelers with opportunities for global travel is simplified within alliance networks.

Star Alliance provides the following global travel options:

Round the World Fares

  • Choose from over 1,250 destinations in 191 countries
  • Full 26 member airlines available
  • Individually planned or Star Alliance Inspired Itineraries such as World Food, World Wonders, Romantic Journey, etc.

Circle Pacific

  • Choose from over 85 destinations in 25 countries
  • 12 out of 26 member airlines available: Air Canada (AC), Air China (CA), Air India (AI), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), EVA AIR (BR), All Nippon Airways (NH), Air New Zealand (NZ), Asiana Airlines (OZ), Singapore Airlines (SQ), Shenzhen Airlines (ZH), THAI (TG), United (UA)

For more information on these fares, please visit the Travel Centre on

Star Alliance “Exclusive Lounges”

Star Alliance provides “Exclusive Lounges” at the following airports:

  • Amsterdam, Amsterdam Airport Schipol (AMS):
    • after the security checkpoint for Schengen flights on the upper level next to gate area D
  • Buenos Aires, Ministro Pistarini / Ezeiza International (EZE):
    • Airside, after security & immigration; upper level opposite Gate 9; via elevator or stairs
  • Los Angeles, Los Angeles International (LAX):
    • Tom Bradley International Terminal; Level 6, via escalator or elevator from the main atrium
  • Nagoya / Chubu Centrair International (NGO):
    • after customs/immigration, access via elevator near Gates 12-18; lounge entrance on Level 2
  • Paris, Charles de Gaulle (CDG):
    • after passport control, before security checkpoints; access via elevator to entrance on Level 11 of the Central Terminal Building
  • Rio de Janeiro, Galeão International (GIG):
    • International Departures Pier, Level 3; after passport control, before the departure gates; via escalators or lifts
  • Rome, Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO):
    • Terminal 3 after the security checkpoint for intra-Schengen flights on the upper level of gate area D
  • São Paulo, Guarulhos International (GRU):
    • Terminal 3 on the Mezzanine level above duty-free; accessible via escalators or elevators after passport checkpoint

Frequently asked questions

What airlines are in Star Alliance?

The airlines that make up the Star Alliance are:

How do you join Star Alliance?

You can create a frequent flyer account for any of the Star Alliance airlines to start the process. Simply associate your frequent flyer number in all your Star Alliance bookings to earn miles and enjoy perks!

How does Star Alliance work?

Star Alliance was created in 1997. Its central idea was to offer ease of access and smooth transitions when flying on different airlines across its vast network of routes.

Overall, it’s a hugely important part of global aviation travel, and it transports hundreds of millions of people in nearly all the countries in the world!

Which is the best Star Alliance frequent flyer program?

This is always up for debate. However, we find that it’ll depend ultimately on your travel goals.

Some popular frequent flyer programs are United Airlines MileagePlus, Air Canada Aeroplan, and All Nippon Airways Mileage Club.

What are the benefits of Star Alliance Silver?

With Star Alliance Silver, which is the introductory Star Alliance status, you’ll enjoy priority reservation waitlist and standby over non-members.

What are the benefits of Star Alliance Gold?

Star Alliance Gold is one of the most valuable alliance elite status tiers out there. You’ll enjoy:

Star Alliance Gold Benefits
Priority Reservation Waitlist / Standby
Priority Check-In
Priority Boarding (where available)
Extra Baggage Allowance
Priority Baggage Handling
Worldwide Lounge Access
Priority Security Lanes (Gold Track – where available)
Priority Immigration (Gold Track – where available)
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  1. Medhat Soliman December 31, 2018

    I need to know what is the exact weight of the extra baggage for the business class on Lufthansa from Orlando International airport to Cairo international airport?


  2. Ashna Mathema March 11, 2019

    I am flying Turkish Airlines from D.C. to Istanbul in business class, and connecting from there on a Turkish flight in economy to New Delhi. I am a star alliance gold member. What is my exact baggage allowance? Can I check in two bags through from DC to Delhi?


    • Hey Ashna, the Star Alliance website states that as a Gold Member: “You can take an extra 20 kg (44 pounds) where the weight concept applies or an extra piece where the piece concept applies.”

      Since Turkish Airlines Elite & Elite Plus are both technically equivalent to Star Alliance Gold, their information is a bit tricky in that Elite is allowed 20k and Elite Plus 25k where weight applies and both allow for an extra piece where the piece concept applies.

      This is made more complicated in that you’re flying both business and economy. Usually, when this is the case, you’re subject to the lesser fare’s policies… but we can’t confirm 100% since we aren’t Star Alliance OR Turkish Airlines.

      If you’re at all nervous or unsure, we suggest calling Turkish Airlines customer service (if you’re calling from the U.S. 1 800 874 8875). Hope this helps!


  3. Lee Cooper March 31, 2019

    In January we purchased tickets at A couple of weeks ago Turkish Airlines (TA) disrupted the Houston to Istanbul leg of our trip. We have spoken to TA customer representatives about 12 times. We have sent emails. TA has done nothing. We are now 5 days from the scheduled departure with NO resolution. This is the worst treatment we have EVER received. Lee Cooper (XXX) XXX-XXXX.


    • Hi Lee, we’re sorry to hear you’re having issues but please be advised we are not affiliated with Turkish Airlines in any way. We’re simply a website that produces content on award travel and related topics. What type of disruption was/is it? It’s possible you’ll be eligible for compensation of some sort if they don’t resolve prior to your flight.

      That being said, some customers have reached out to the airlines via Social Media, especially Twitter… when people voice a concern on such a public platform, this seems to grab the airline’s attention… not sure if Turkish Airlines is the same???


  4. Francis Ali Osman April 2, 2019

    I am a United Airlines Platinum member with Star Alliance Gold status. I get an automatic seat upgrade to Economy Plus when I travel on United Airlines. Because of my Star Alliance Gold Status, am I entitled to a similar upgrade on other Star Alliance airline partners?


    • Hi Francis, according to the Star Alliance Website, Star Alliance Gold Status gives the benefit of a “Priority Reservations Waitlist” on Star Alliance airlines. Specifically, this is what’s stated:

      “If seats in your desired class of service are not available, your status gives you higher priority on the waitlist when a reservation is possible, except when you are traveling on an award ticket. Please note that Priority Reservations Waitlist is subject to individual member carrier’s policy and legal regulations.”

      Hope this helps! 🙂


  5. Hi, I had a question. I do a lot of domestic travel with United, hence my premier 1K MileagePlus status. However, I’m not elegible to use the United club when flying domestic with them, so my question is, if I were to book a flight with United, using my MileagePlus account for mileage accruals purposes, could I potentially go to the United club and show them my ANA platinum membership card, since I have that, and would they allow me to go in? Or would they refuse because my boarding pass would reflect my MileagePlus only? Thank you!


    • Hello Pedro. I have used my ANA Platinum membership card to enter the United Club at Chicago O’hare when flying on a United ticket domestically. My United MileagePlus number was on the boarding pass. I hope this data point helps.


  6. Roddy June July 18, 2019

    What is “Star Alliance Platinum” under Egypt Air Plus Platinum equivalent? I thought Star Alliance only had Silver and Gold Tiers.


  7. Hi, I’m a Mileage Plus member with United Airlines. In a couple of weeks, I am traveling with Avianca. To earn miles for the trip, should I just give Avianca my United membership number? Or do I need to create a Star Alliance membership number?


    • Hi Nancy,

      If you wish to earn United miles for your trip, then yes you can provide Avianca with your United Mileage Plus number.

      Thanks for reading!


  8. Hi folks some advice needed here. I’m a long time SA Gold member on Scandinavian. I just moved to the US and so logically I would use United.

    As my Scandinavian loyalty scheme (Eurobonus) is only really useful in Europe I opened a MileagePlus account with United.

    The problem…when I book with United and build up my status there on MileagePlus, there’s no way when booked that United knows I am a Star Alliance Gold member. Therefore the following happens:

    1. I don’t see baggage benefits when booking.
    2. When going through security, my boarding pass doesn’t have ‘priority status’ and fails, needing someone to come over and speak to me. Also applies to priority boarding.

    I thought the point of SA was to benefit from this globally but it seems airlines are not connected? Please help advise.


    • Hi David,

      In order to enjoy Star Alliance benefits, you need to input your SAS Eurobonus number when making your bookings. However, you will earn SAS miles and not United miles. Otherwise, if you want to pursue United elite status, you have to “start from scratch” and input your United MileagePlus number.

      Ultimately, it’s a trade-off as to which frequent flyer number you decide to use.


  9. bob leimgruber September 18, 2019

    I’m trying to find out how many One Pass miles it takes to fly round trip from Denver to Panama City, Panama. All I find is approximately 1.3 cents/mile but even that is questionable.
    Is there a site that I can plug in both airports and get that number?


    • Hi Bob,

      One Pass miles from Continental Airlines were converted to the United MileagePlus program back in 2011. To fly from Denver to Panama City, Panama with United will cost 35,000 for a round-trip Saver Award, or 80,000 for an Everyday Award. You can view this, and other destinations, by visiting this link:


    • Hi, is it possible to use my Copa points as part payment for a Turkish Airlines flight, or would the ticket need to be paid in full with points? Thank you!


      • Hi Carmen, the whole ticket must be paid with points if you’re redeeming Copa miles for a Turkish Airlines ticket. You may be able to purchase extra Copa miles to top off your account for the redemption, though. Thanks for reading!


  10. Rohit Kumar Pokharel October 11, 2019

    I was a member of Star Alliance but did not use it for long time. These days I am flying with the Airlines of Star Alliance. Can you trace my membership status (number) and guide me as to how to get my new mileage points?


    • Hello Rohit. First, please understand that we are not Star Alliance, we are a blog specializing in miles, points, travel, and credit card resources. You would need to contact the specific airline with which you had a frequent flyer membership to recover your membership number and request any miles flown. You can start by reviewing the list of Star Alliance airline partners is in the article and select the one you have a membership with, then contact that airline.


  11. Hello, I am currently a Star Alliance Gold member through United Mileage Plus. I will be switching to another SA frequent flyer program next year (with no status). While I understand I will lose benefits like priority check-in, baggage under the new frequent flyer program. I was wondering if I can still at least access the SA lounge with my UA Gold membership while credit the miles to a no status SA program. Of course, I will be flying SA airlines.

    Thank you!


    • Hi Rou,

      Yes you will still have lounge access. Star Alliance Gold has one of the best lounge access policies in which as long as you’re traveling on a same-day flight, you can access the lounge.


  12. Hi,

    Does Singapore Airlines automatically recognize my United Airlines MileagePlus Premier Gold status which is the same as Star Alliance Gold status? I have just recently (last week) achieved United Premier Gold and will be flying Singapore Airlines tomorrow so wondering if Singapore Airline’s system has been updated. Or should I just show my digital card on my United app?

    I am asking because United Airlines says they no longer issue physical cards for Premier Gold status.

    Also, is there a way to obtain a physical Star Alliance Gold membership card?

    Thank you so much for your insights and help!

    Best Regards,



    • Hey BG,

      While there’s no way to obtain a physical United Gold card, you will receive all associated benefits with your boarding pass. Just make sure to add your United MileagePlus number to your Singapore Airlines ticket. Your boarding pass will display your Star Alliance Gold status after adding the number to your ticket.




  13. I have United Gold Status. If I book an Air Canada flight using Lifemiles. Will I still get Gold Benefits?


    • Hi LM,

      You won’t receive every benefit that you receive with United Gold status, but you will receive all of the benefits included with Star Alliance Gold.


  14. I plan to book a business class seat via United Airlines that the flight is operated by Air Canada for an international flight from LAX to Casablanca, Morocco.
    I learn in year 2020 United airline states no miles expire, and also change the air miles accrual program to be based on revenue (purchase fare value), and not by flown miles distance.
    My question is whether I should use United Plus frequent flyer # or use EvaAir frequent fleure # ( to get the best miles accrue value for future award or upgrade) when booking business class seat with cash fare.


  15. Tom Kerestes February 17, 2020

    I am a United Mileage Plus Premier Gold member. I just booked a discount fare on TAP. The discount fare I have says that a checked bag will cost. I have been trying for days to understand if my bag is checked for free because I am a Star Alliance Gold member, but no one from TAP will reply. I tried calling but the language barrier makes it hard for them to understand me.

    Can you help?

    I found you site very very informative…


  16. Good day I’m holding 500k of Amex points, and I fly mostly United EWR/LAX. Is there any good way to use those points without getting killed on the exchange rate of 1:1 or better? Thanks.


    • Hello David,

      1:1 exchange rate doesn’t really mean much. The benefit of Amex points is that the partners you can transfer points to are very valuable. You can book round-trip business class to Europe for as little as 88,000 Amex points. That’s a $6,000+ ticket!

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