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No, you don't technically get the same status on other airlines. And it can't be requested. How it works is that Star Alliance has 2 generic levels of status - Star Alliance Gold and Star Alliance Silver. Each particular airline status corresponds to one of these two statuses. For example, if you're a Silver at Continental, you're also a Star Alliance ...


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They expire after 3 years: Any mileage not redeemed within 36 months of the date of accrual (date of flight, start of hotel stay, time of car rental) will expire at the end of that quarter (e.g. miles expiring in August of any given year would expire at the end of September of that same year), failing other arrangements published in the Miles & More ...


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The booking class is the basis for the fare you paid. Within the 'economy' ticket section, there are different fare "classes", A, B, C, D, etc, that have different price levels and a certain number of tickets allocated. Different fare classes can also affect what types of rights you have - like if it's refundable or changeable. So you could have 20 ...


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Star Alliance doesn't have a loyalty program. The individual airlines within the alliance each have their own loyalty programs, and each program has it's own criteria/promotions/etc. You would need to check with the individual program that you're a member of to see if they have any such promotions, but at least the few that I'm aware of do NOT have ...


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They are simply advertising, just the same as an airline may paint the logo of a sports team on an aircraft, or name it after a city. There is no other difference whatsoever, either in facilities or services, compared to the rest of the airline's fleet. There are several different Star Alliance livery schemes around, as a common design was not published ...


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I don't believe that the Continental and US Airways programs are directly integrated. It looks like you can earn US Airways miles on some Continental tickets. US Airways and Continental are Star Alliance carriers. So, if you're a member of one of their frequent traveller programs (with sufficient status) then you'll get benefits on other Star Alliance ...


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Yes, they are both members of the Star Alliance. So, for being gold on USAirways, you are automatically "Star Gold," across the entire Star Alliance network. The benefit of first class upgrades (unfortunately) is NOT one that you will be able to get when flying on Continental. That being said, most other benefits are reciprocal. For example, priority ...


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Generally if you flew with an airline, and you have points with them or their alliance, whoever you hold the points with, you can credit. So I had an itinerary last year that involved some major US Airline (Delta?) and then Alaska Airlines. It's possible to credit Alaska Airlines to One World alliance airlines, and I'm with Qantas. So when I'd done the ...


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The Lufthansa Miles and More site includes a page to help you find your booking class on your ticket, boarding pass etc. This boarding pass is in Business (C class) - whatever it says on yours where the 2 is, that's your booking class: This boarding pass stub is for Y, one of the Economy booking classes: If you have your itinerary, e-ticket, ...


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To get the HON Circle Status there is only one way: flying, flying, flying. As of this September only flights in Business and First Class will earn you HON Circle Miles and keep in mind: you have to fly with Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian or their affiliated companies (Star Alliance other than that doesn't count). Check out the program at ...


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I'd say your question is best suited for the gurus over at Flyertalk, who specialize in wrangling frequent flyer miles and the like. Take a look at the Miles and More forum, as well as the mileage run forum (which is their term for taking special trips that maximize mileage earned for minimum cost). However, if you're willing to settle for slightly less ...


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If you continue reading the same page you will be able to find the required information: Reservation, Ticketing and Check-in Reservations must be confirmed for the first domestic sector. The dates of the remaining sectors may be left open and booked at any time before the departure of each domestic sector. Reservations may be accepted no more ...


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Upgrading with points is a horrible plan when you're using your own money. You can only do it from the most expensive fares, and it costs about half the points of just getting a business reward ticket. I recommend you replace some of your purchased tickets with business reward tickets, which will run around 100,000 or perhaps 120 depending on where you're ...


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If your flight on ANA has a flight number that begins with "NH", then you can submit that flight to SAS's EuroBonus for consideration. But how many points you earn will depend on the fare class that was booked. Many times the cheaper fare classes get only a small percentage of what SAS would award (sometimes no points). The SAS website has a brief ...


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No, you can not transfer points between Star Alliance carriers. There are some mechanisms that can be used to transfer between specific carriers, such as points.com, or transferring via a hotel program (eg, carrierA -> hotel program -> carrierB), however these are generally poor value as you end up losing a significant number of points during the ...


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If you are flying three CDG-FRA-ORD round trips per year on deeply discounted economy tickets on Lufthansa or Swiss, you should accumulate enough miles to redeem for a one-way transatlantic segment after about 3 years, or about 6 years for a round trip. If you can accumulate those miles faster through a credit card or other Miles & More partners, you ...


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They have a section in the Terms and Conditions that addresses this: 2.5. Mileage expiry Any mileage not redeemed within 36 months of the date of accrual (date of flight, start of hotel stay, time of car rental) will expire at the end of that quarter (e.g. miles expiring in August of any given year would expire at the end of September of that ...


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I haven't tried it personally, but you might also try moving points back and forth between airlines using something like Points.com.


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As already mentioned, the answer depends on your travel patterns. In my case I did some calculations and I decided it doesn't make particular sense for me - I can save much more by choosing the cheapest airline (often one of the cheap ones) than getting the benefits from loyalty programmes. I think these loyalty programmes were designed for people who ...


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Well I a agree with the answer of @Grzenio in most cases. But there is a case, when choosing an airline alliance can be worth it. I had a friend who had to fly almost every week end / every other week end from Paris to London and vice versa because his parents are separated. By being a FlyBlue member (Sky team) he often got upgraded (not only on the Paris ...


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The points can't be merged once they are earned, as Doc says. What you need to do is stop earning in different programs. When you fly any Star Alliance airline, you can credit the points to your chosen program. You don't have to choose a program that is offered by the airline you fly the most, or the airline in your own country. Choose the one that is ...



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