A list of Star Alliance members

One of my readers gave me a great suggestion, which was to post a list of the members of the various airline alliances on the site.  And while traveling on multiple alliance partners is not quite as seamless as traveling on a single airline, it gets the job done.  The major North American Star members are United, US Airways and Air Canada, although US Airways may depart for the oneworld alliance after its merger with American.  Here are the Star Alliance members:

 

 

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    • Arthur on February 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm
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    In terms of accruing miles for United Airlines status, does travel on any of these airlines (in star alliance, in your list below*) contribute to “lifetime miles” that eventually give you (1M status – e.g. if you fly 1,000,000 miles)?

    Also, is there any way to accelerate “lifetime miles” besides flying on United?

    Thank you!

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    United Star Alliance Partner list:
    Adria Airways JP
    Aegean Airlines A3
    Air Canada AC
    Air China CA
    Air New Zealand NZ
    ANA NH
    Asiana Airlines OZ
    Austrian OS
    Avianca AV
    Brussels Airlines SN
    Copa Airlines CM
    Croatia Airlines OU
    EGYPTAIR MS
    Ethiopian Airlines ET
    EVA Air BR
    LOT Polish Airlines LO
    Lufthansa LH
    Scandinavian Airlines SK
    Shenzhen Airlines ZH
    Singapore Airlines SQ
    South African Airways SA
    SWISS LX
    TAM Airlines JJ
    TAP Portugal TP
    THAI TG
    Turkish Airlines TK
    United UA
    US Airways US

      • Mike on February 2, 2019 at 6:52 pm
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      The answer to your first question is yes, but there are a few caveats. First, the list of Star Alliance members is not the same as it was when I first wrote the piece. The new list can be found here.

      In general, you will earn premier qualifying miles (PQMs) based on the flight distance with a partner. If you purchase it through United with a United code (the ticket number will start with “016”), you’ll get premier qualifying dollars (PQDs), as well. Those aren’t relevant for lifetime status, but you need them to earn status annually. More details here:

      https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/mileageplus/premier/qualify.html

      In terms of accelerating your lifetime mileage balance, the answer is “yes, but you may not want to take advantage of it.” United offers an “award accelerator” which allows you to buy additional PQMs for an itinerary. I’ve never used it, though, and my guess is that it’s extremely expensive on a per mile basis.

      https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/products/travelproducts/Pages/MileageProducts.aspx

      A better option might be to buy a higher fare class ticket, which offers bonuses based on the category that you purchase. If you are buying on a partner airline, the earnings may differ, based on which airline you fly.

    • gaz on October 28, 2018 at 6:17 am
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    will miles be added if yo ubook through alternative website eg Ebookers..(im registered with mile and more programme)

      • Mike on October 29, 2018 at 8:48 am
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      Usually yes, although I’d check with the airline in question, just in case.

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