Star Alliance adds Air Canada, TAM and US Airways to upgrade awards product

Frankfurt, GERMANY – Frequent flyers on the Star Alliance network can now also use their miles to upgrade when travelling on Air Canada, TAM and US Airways. These member carriers are now participating in the unique Star Alliance Upgrade Awards programme, the redemption option enabling customers to use miles or points from their Frequent Flyer Programme (FFP) accounts for one-class upgrades on scheduled flights operated by the participating Star Alliance member carriers.

Travellers enrolled in Aeroplan® (Air Canada), Fidelidade (TAM) or Dividend Miles® (US Airways) can exchange their collected miles for a Star Alliance Upgrade Award. With this award, a confirmed and ticketed booking can be upgraded to a higher class prior to travel. In order to redeem the award, customers need to contact their FFP, either by calling reservations or logging onto the web (depending on what is offered by the carrier). The upgrade is processed electronically, eliminating the need to issue paper certificates. Upgrades are permitted for one class of travel, either from Economy Class to Business Class or from Business Class to First Class*. Upgrades from certain types of fares are not possible.

“Our frequent flyers have always told us that upgrading using miles across the entire alliance is one of the highest sought after benefits. Hence, by now offering Star Alliance Upgrade Awards across all flights in the Americas we further increased the attractiveness of our Alliance product,” said Vice President Commercial, Star Alliance, Christopher Korenke. “We are working on getting the remaining Star Alliance member carriers into the product as soon as possible.”

Star Alliance, the way the Earth connects, is the first global airline alliance to offer such a product, which is now available to the FFP members of Air China (PhoenixMiles®), Air Canada (Aeroplan®), Air New Zealand (Airpoints®), ANA (ANA Mileage Club®), Asiana Airlines (Asiana Club®), Austrian (Miles & More®), Brussels Airlines (Miles & More®), Continental (OnePass), LOT Polish Airlines (Miles & More®), Lufthansa (Miles & More®), SAS (EuroBonus®), Singapore Airlines (KrisFlyer®), SWISS (Miles & More®), TAM (Fidelidade), TAP Portugal (Victoria®), THAI (Royal Orchid Plus®), Turkish Airlines (Miles & Smiles®), United (Mileage Plus®) and US Airways (Dividend Miles®).

With the latest additions, all five Star Alliance member airlines based in the Americas now offer this product.

Since its inception in 1997, emphasis has been placed by the Star Alliance network on adding value to each member carrier’s FFP by offering alliance-wide benefits to customers. For instance, Star Alliance was the first airline alliance to offer harmonised benefits for both Gold and Silver Card holders across the network, which include:

Priority Check-In
Star Alliance Gold members can make use of separate check-in desks.

Priority Waitlist
Star Alliance Gold and Star Alliance Silver members receive priority waitlisting if the desired flight is already fully booked.

Priority Airport Standby
Star Alliance Gold and Star Alliance Silver members receive priority standby listing if they arrive at the airport without any reservation for a specific flight (subject to local regulations).

Lounge Access
Star Alliance Gold members have access to more than 970 lounges at airports around the world.

Priority Baggage Tags
Star Alliance Gold members are entitled to priority baggage service across the network.

Increased Baggage Allowance
Star Alliance Gold customers are entitled to one additional piece of checked baggage (piece concept) or an additional 20 kilos (weight concept).

Moreover, Star Alliance is currently the only alliance that provides customers with one point of contact to book and ticket award travel on all other Star Alliance carriers.

* Note: not all participating carriers offer First Class. On certain flights offering First and Economy Class only, upgrades from Economy to First are possible.

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Brussels Airlines is de nationale luchtvaartmaatschappij van België en verbindt de Europese hoofdstad met meer dan 70 bestemmingen, waarvan 15 in Afrika, het continent dat Brussels Airlines nauw aan het hart ligt. Bovendien vliegt de maatschappij naar 54 bestemmingen in Europa en 2 in Noord-Amerika. Het bedrijf stelt 3.300 werknemers te werk en exploiteert 38 vliegtuigen.

Omwille van de wereldwijde coronaviruspandemie heeft Brussels Airlines zich geëngageerd tot de strengste gezondheidsmaatregelen in de luchtvaart wereldwijd, volgens van het EASA (Europees Agentschap voor de Veiligheid van de Luchtvaart). Sinds de uitbraak van het coronavirus hanteert de Belgische luchtvaartmaatschappij een aangepast vluchtschema dat gebaseerd is op de marktvraag en dat rekening houdt met de reisbeperkingen van de verschillende overheden.

Dankzij haar “no compromise” positionering combineert Brussels Airlines competitieve ticketprijzen met volledige flexibiliteit en de hoogste servicekwaliteit. Met jaarlijks wisselende Belgische sterrenchefs, haar groot aanbod aan Belgisch eten en drinken en de zes Belgian Icons, is Brussels Airlines een ambassadeur voor haar land en brengt het de wereld naar België en het beste van België naar de wereld.

Met meer dan 40.000 directe en indirecte arbeidsplaatsen speelt Brussels Airlines een belangrijke rol in de Belgische economie en maakt het bedrijf deel uit van de tweede grootste economische motor van België: de hub Brussels Airport. In 2019 vervoerde de luchtvaartmaatschappij meer dan 10 miljoen passagiers van, naar en via Brussels Airport.

Brussels Airlines biedt cargo capaciteit aan op al haar vluchten, gecommercialiseerd door Lufthansa Cargo. De maatschappij verzorgt zelf het dagelijkse onderhoud van haar vliegtuigvloot.

Brussels Airlines is één van de vier netwerkmaatschappijen van de Lufthansa Groep (Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa en Swiss) en lid van Star Alliance. Het bedrijf werd opgericht in 2002 en is voor 100% eigendom van Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Meer informatie op www.brusselsairlines.com.


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