An airline alliance is an organization where multiple airlines agree to cooperate and establish a mutually beneficial relationship for both the businesses and their travellers. 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 three global airline alliances: Star Alliance, SkyTeam, and OneWorld. Choosing the best airline alliance for you will largely depend on where you live, where you fly, and your preferred membership benefit programs.
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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.
While the UK’s largest airline, British Airways, is part of the OneWorld 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. Turkish Airlines serves more countries than any other airline alone: 121. And Avianca offers the most extensive network of destinations in South America, making it the second-largest Latin American airline.
Along with other formidable allies such as Air China helping the alliance reach every continent, these airlines together make Star Alliance a dominant force in global aviation. For a full list of Star Alliance airlines, continue below to find our section of Alliance Member Airlines.
Star Alliance has flights to more than 1,300 destinations in 98% of the world’s countries. In the UK, some of the most-flown flight paths include flights to Belfast, flights to London, and flights to Edinburgh. Internationally, the most popular routes within the network are flights to LAX and flights to Bruges.
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Pretty much everywhere. Star Alliance has a member from at least one of each inhabited continent, meaning there are many options for flights at most airports. But some more than others.
For example, the flights from Montréal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport are well-represented by Air Canada, where they have the home-turf advantage. United Airlines, headquartered in Chicago, dominates the flights from Chicago O'Hare International Airport with a robust United presence. But for flights from Belfast City Airport, you won’t find any Star Alliance airline flights available. You’ll measure the value of an alliance by looking at your most-frequented airports and which airlines have a prominent presence there.
Star Alliance status can enhance your experience. London flights heading through London Heathrow Airport will now receive the Star Alliance Connection Service, assisting passengers with tight connections between two Star Alliance member airline flights. Star Alliance travellers with fast turnarounds and checked bags will get a dedicated Connection Service agent to ensure connections go smoothly. For an even smoother experience, check out the hotels near Heathrow Airport.
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