Shenzhen Airlines A320
The Four Alliance Airlines I Haven’t Flown

Here's a topic that I thought it would be fun to revisit, which I'm sure my fellow aviation geeks will appreciate. As most of you are probably aware, there are three major global airline alliances -- oneworld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance. Between them,…

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Filed Under: oneworld, SkyTeam
Thai Smile
Thai Smile Becomes Star Alliance Connecting Partner

For years the "big three" global alliances were all the rage, though over the past few years we've seen very few airlines join these alliances. That's due to a combination of factors, including high membership fees (which prevent smaller airlines from…

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Filed Under: Star Alliance, Thai
Lufthansa A380 First Class – 1
Lufthansa’s Outrageous 89% Increase In Fuel Surcharges

Reader Max posted a question on Ask Lucky last Saturday, wondering why he was getting a higher price for fuel surcharges than Ben had paid on his recent trip with his dad. I should probably have had a second cup of coffee, because when I looked at the…

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Filed Under: Awards, Lufthansa
United 737
Taking Advantage Of United’s Close-In Award Space

As a Tampa-based flyer, one of my biggest challenges is finding domestic short-haul award space to an international gateway. Over the last year, I had two Star Alliance awards for my wife and I where this was an issue: -- A mix of Swiss Business Class…

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Filed Under: Awards, MileagePlus
Eurowings A330
Star Alliance Wants To Add Low Cost Carriers As Partners

Low cost carriers are taking over an increasing amount of the global market share for air travel. It used to be that most low cost carriers operated short-haul flights, though now we're seeing many low cost carriers operate longhaul flights as well.…

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Filed Under: Star Alliance
Singapore 777 Business Class – 5
Singapore Award Space Returns To United.com

In December of 2013, with no notice, United removed Singapore award inventory from United.com. Singapore makes consistent award space available to all their Star Alliance partners, but the reimbursement rates can vary by airline. Singapore awards have…

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Filed Under: Awards, Singapore
Juneyao Airlines
Review: Juneyao Airlines Economy Class A320 Hong Kong to Shanghai

I'm excited to share this review of Juneyao Airlines since they recently joined Star Alliance as a connecting partner. I bought my flight for roughly $100, which was by far the cheapest in the market. The fare included 20kg of luggage, which seems to…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines, Star Alliance
Lufthansa First Class 747 – 1
Star Alliance Is Working On A Shared Award Flight System

The Star Alliance was founded the day after I was born (which can't be a coincidence). ;) Last weekend they celebrated their 20th anniversary in Frankfurt with 27 member airlines in attendance. However, a lot has changed since the alliance was formed,…

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Filed Under: Star Alliance
San Diego Approach
Edelweiss Adds Seasonal Service To San Diego

San Diego will see increased transatlantic traffic this summer, as Edelweiss (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swiss), is adding direct flights between Zurich and San Diego. This isn't earth-shattering news, but for those of us in San Diego where we currently…

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Filed Under: Edelweiss, Star Alliance
Air Canada 777 Business Class – 63
Extra Air Canada Award Space For Aeroplan Members (And Less For Everyone Else)

While there's rarely a dull moment around here, sometimes the nuances of searching award space or booking flights with miles aren't that interesting for a broader audience. Especially now that the US Airways Dividend Miles Comedy Hour is a thing of the…

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Filed Under: Air Canada, Awards
Juneyao Airlines
Star Alliance Announces Their Newest Partner Airline

Star Alliance is the world's largest airline alliance, though the last few years their expansion has slowed down a bit. Perhaps that's largely because the importance of alliances as such has decreased, as airlines focus more on joint ventures and strategic…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines, Star Alliance
Air Canada Business 2
Aegean’s Frequent Flyer Program Really Is Amazing!

A couple of days ago I wrote a post asking which Star Alliance frequent flyer program I should credit my miles to. I'm on a paid business class ticket on Air Canada and South African Airways to Cape Town, which has me flying 24,000+ miles. While I fly…

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Filed Under: Advice, Aegean
Avianca 787 Business Class – 8
Introduction: The Long Way To Spain

At the beginning of the year I vowed to review as many new business class products as possible, and in particular named 16 airlines I was eying. I've been doing everything I can to review as many of these airlines as possible, and as I've gone through…

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Filed Under: Aeromexico, AviancaTaca
Cape Town
I Just Booked A Cheap Business Class Fare To South Africa!

At the beginning of the year I wrote a post about the 16 airlines I want to review in 2016. You guys have asked for me to review new airlines (especially in business class), so I’ve been doing what I can to check out new carriers. So far in 2016 I’ve…

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Filed Under: Air Canada, Great Deals
Ethiopian 787 Business Class 04
Ethiopian Airlines Changes Which NYC Airport They’ll Serve

Ethiopian Airlines is Africa's fastest growing airline, and they're almost trying to turn into the Turkish Airlines of the region, in terms of trying to turn their home airport into a global hub. While they're great for connections to destinations in…

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Filed Under: Ethiopian, Other Airlines
Air India First Class – 15
Introduction: The Long Way Between LA And London

Welcome to my first new trip report of 2016, as my goal for this year is to sample as many new first & business class products as possible. And I'm sure you guys will agree this is a good start. ;) The way this trip came to be is sort of funny. In mid-December…

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Filed Under: Air India, American
Privatair 737
SAS All Business Class Flights Between Newark And Copenhagen

SAS has just announced that they'll be discontinuing their all business class flight between Houston and Stavanger, and instead will be adding an additional flight between Newark and Copenhagen. Last August, SAS launched an all business class flight…

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Filed Under: Business, Other Airlines
Air China Business Class
Air China Has Stopped Releasing First & Business Class Award Space To The US

Admittedly Air China isn't the most aspirational airline on earth to fly, though for a long time they've been a pretty reliable option for securing premium cabin Star Alliance award seats. I flew them between Paris and Beijing a bit over a year ago,…

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Filed Under: Air China, Other Airlines
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Changes To Star Alliance First Class To Sydney

Australia can be a rather difficult destination to get to using Star Alliance miles, in particular in first class. Finding nonstop award availability between the US and Australia/New Zealand is difficult, given that United releases very little saver…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines, Star Alliance
Air India Usa Destinations
Star Alliance Air India Award Availability

GOOD MORNING! There are certain milestones we all remember in our lives. For some it may be their wedding. For some it may be the day they met Justin Bieber. For some it may be the day they were deflowered by Lufthansa first class. For me it's definitely…

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Filed Under: Air India, Awards
Air India Joining Star Alliance July 11, 2014

Air India has sorta kinda (not really) been in the process of joining the Star Alliance for years now. Years back they were going to join, though their invitation was revoked when they didn’t meet Star Alliance standards. After a final vote by Star Alliance…

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Filed Under: Air India, Other Airlines