While I focused first a bit on the introduction, I will now tell you more about the different benefits and requirements at the member airline frequent flyer programs.
In addition to the Star Alliance Gold benefits, you also get, what I call, “local benefits”. E.g. Upgrade voucher or Lounge access even If you’re only a Silver status member. These benefits depend on the member alliance and their frequent traveller program.
Here’s a list of benefits you enjoy in addition to the Star Alliance Gold benefits
|Airline program||Airline benefits||Qualification / Renewal|
(Air New Zealand)
||900 points / yr
renew: 810 points / yr
|Miles & More||Senator status
||100,000 miles / yr.|
|Miles & Smiles
| Miles & Smiles Elite
||40000 miles / yr. during Classic Plus status.
renew: 25,000 / yr or 37,500 miles / 2 yrs.
||50,000 Elite miles during 12 month period|
|Royal Orchid Plus
||50000 miles until 31 December or
50000 miles during first year after enrollment
80000 miles until 31 December the next year
40 flown international sectors on TK / yr
|These are only a selection of frequent flyer programs and highlighted benefits. More benefits maybe included.
||Qualifying booking classes and miles accrual factor differ from airline to airline.
Please read each program description on the airline websites for more details.
These are only examples and each airline may have even more benefits. What I show you with this is, that airlines offer different benefits to their Star Alliance Gold equivalent status.
A good comparison is Miles & More Senator vs. Turkish Airlines Elite. You need much more miles for Senator status, but you get 2 upgrade voucher, which you can even redeem on international flights.
Domestic lounge access
If you’re based in the US this may be (very) interesting for you. Did you know, that if you’re member of a foreign frequent flyer program you can access lounges even when flying domestically? I know quite a few people who are based in the US, but fly on an European or Asian Frequent flyer program, just to have airport access when flying domestic in the US.