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What is an airline alliance?

An airline alliance is an organization where multiple airlines agree to cooperate and establish a mutually beneficial relationship for both the businesses and their travelers. These alliances allow for greater inter-connection of flight paths and flight times while stabilizing the prices of flights between otherwise competing airline brands.

 

Alliances translate your frequent flyer rewards across their member airlines, allowing you to travel with the elite status benefits you’ve earned more often.

 

There are 3 global airline alliances: Star Alliance, SkyTeam, and OneWorld. Choosing the best airline alliance for you will largely depend on factors such as where you live, where you fly, and your preferred membership benefit programs.


What are the benefits of booking flights with Star Alliance airlines?

Silver Status Benefits:

  • Priority Reservation Requests / Waitlist / Standby

 

Gold Status Benefits:

  • Silver Status Benefits and…
  • Priority Check-In
  • Priority Boarding
  • Extra Baggage Allowance
  • Priority Baggage Handling
  • Worldwide Access to Over 1000+ Airport Lounges
  • Gold Track Priority Security Lanes
  • Gold Track Priority Immigration Lanes
  • Upgrades to Business First Class on Select Airport Transfer Trains

 

Star Alliance is the largest airline alliance, so wherever you’re based, you can enjoy perks of loyalty if you’re a silver or gold member. You might already have Star Alliance gold or silver status if you are a frequent flyer at any of the 26 Star Alliance members programs.


What airlines are under Star Alliance?

Star Alliance partners with 26 airlines, making it easy to find airlines frequenting your local airport, no matter where you live.

 

Star Alliance’s United Airlines is one of the largest airlines in the world for the number of passengers carried. United’s major hub airports are mainly in the US, including Chicago O’Hare, Denver International, Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles, and Guam airports.

 

Lufthansa Group is the largest airline group by a different metric—the number of employees. And Turkish Airlines serves more countries than any other airline alone: 121, an unrivaled number amongst competitors.

 

Along with other formidable allies such as Air Canada and Air China, these airlines together make Star Alliance a powerful force in global aviation. For a full list of Star Alliance airlines, continue below to find our section of Alliance Member Airlines.


Where does Star Alliance fly to?

Star Alliance has flights to more than 1,300 destinations in 98% of the world’s countries. Some of the most popular routes within the network are flights to Portugal, flights to LAX, and flights to Vancouver.

 

And whether you’re flying domestic or international, you can book your Star Alliance flights, hotels, and more on Expedia. And you’ll not only got a great deal, but you’ll also maximize your rewards from Star Alliance andExpedia Rewards.


Where does Star Alliance fly from?

Pretty much everywhere. Star Alliance has a member from at least one of every inhabited continent, meaning there are lots of options for flights at most airports, but some more than others.

 

United Airlines is headquartered in Chicago, so the flights from Chicago O’Hare International Airport are dominated by a robust United presence. And the flights from Montréal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport are well-represented by the home-turf advantage of Air Canada. You’ll measure the value of an alliance by looking at your most-frequented airports and which airlines have a prominent presence there.

 

And even when you’re not flying from home, Star Alliance status can enhance your experience. For example, leaving one of the hotels near Denver International Airport, this airport will welcome you into the Gold Track Priority Lanes to go through security instead of the regular lines.

 

You’ll measure the value of an alliance by looking at your most-frequented airports and which airlines have a prominent presence there.


What other deals can I book with Expedia?

Savvy travelers know how to get the best deals. They enter their frequent flyer number to book Star Alliance flights with their travel rewards credit card, all on Expedia.com. We are your one-stop-shop for optimizing personal and business travel rewards, getting you more points back on both.

 

Expedia travelers find the best hotel deals on incredible properties around the world, offering discounted rates and even more savings when you choose to bundle it into a package. And when you’re tight for time, you'll love our last-minute deals. We help you find a room for tonight, tomorrow, or two weeks from now, at the best price possible.

 

With Expedia, business bookings are a breeze. You can always find the latest deals on business class flights, first-class flights, and the best hotels for your business needs here— because where you book matters.

 

Now go reap those rewards!

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