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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    • Saurabh on June 23, 2019 at 8:44 pm
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    I want to become a star alliance member?

    • Huong Tran on May 23, 2019 at 6:41 pm
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    I would like to regiester a membership of star alliance. What can I do

    I leave my email address here, please guide me how to do ttlh72@yahoo.com

    1. You don’t really register as a member of the alliance. Rather, you register for the frequent flyer program of one of the airlines that is a member. You can then credit miles to other alliance members or take advantage of their benefits.

    • Teri Moneysmith on May 5, 2019 at 1:19 pm
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    If I have Miles and More from Lufthansa, does it add to miles I’m about to get from Eva?

    1. Only if you give them your M&M number when you book with Eva. It’s based on the fare code of your ticket:


    • 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!

    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
    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
    TAM Airlines JJ
    TAP Portugal TP
    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:


      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.


      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.

      • Joseph on April 6, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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      Sorry Mike but the answer to your question above is completely wrong!
      As a new million miler I can say that on miles flown on United counts towards your million miles status,
      they is no other way to add miles to this status.

      1. You are correct and I am not! While partner miles count toward your annual elite requirements, only United flights count toward lifetime. Good catch!

    • 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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