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COMPARISON OF Highest Tier Star Alliance (b) Gold Frequent Flyer Programs
See also FLYGVA's Star Silver Comparison Chart at STAR SILVER CHART
Air Canada (AC), ANA (NH), Asiana (OZ), Continental (CO), Lufthansa (LH), Air New Zealand (NZ), SAS (SK), Turkish (TK), United (UA), and US Air (US)
--1999-2009 data October 27, 2009 with changes from 2008 in italics-- PAGE 1 of 2
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FEATURE

AC Aeroplan Super Elite (SE)

CO One Pass Platinum Elite

NH Elite Diamond (DI)

OZ Diamond (DI) /
Diamond Plus (DP)/ Platinum (PL)

LH Miles and More Senator /HON Circle (HON)

NZ AirPoints Gold Elite (GE)

SK EuroBonus Gold (EBG)

TK  Miles and Smiles Elite Plus

UA Mileage Plus 1K (1K)

US Dividend Miles Chairmen's Preferred (CP)

Paid 1st COS Bonus

50%

25% base/50% Q CO metal

50% (int'l)

50%

200%

varies, approx 250%

100%

50%

50%

50%

Paid Bus. COS Bonus

25% in J (50% AC Canada-US/Caribbean in J/C; 25% manual credit AC int'l RTW C)

25% base/50% Q CO metal

25% (int'l); 50% dom. "SuperSeat"

25%

100%

varies by route, approx 125%

100% (50% on full Y SK flights)

50% on TK and 25-50% c

25%; 50% Q on UA/US & LH US-Europe

25-50%; 50% Q US/HP, UA & NH

COS Bonus = status mi.

Y (all d flights)

Y (all e flights)

Y (all f flights)

Y (all g flights)

Y (all h flights)

Y

Y (all i flights)

Y (all j -flights)

Y (UA/US & LH US-Europe)

Y (US/HP, UA & NH)

*Access to Star Gold Lounges if flying k

Y (&AC Maple Leaf lounges only on AC/l flights; & to AC Arrivals)

Y; USA Clubs on same day dom./ intern'l connection when flying int'l ticket

Y

Y (DI/DP-OZ business/ PL-OZ 1st class lounge)

Y (also to LH Senator, arriving or departing, & SK RVC Gold)

Y (with up to 5 guests in NZ lounges, except not in regional Koru Club)

Y (& BM Euroclass, UK& all LH Senator); all SK Scandinavian, arriving or departing

Y

Y; US RCC/Club ONLY same day dom./ intern'l connection when flying int'l ticket

Y; US RCC & Club ONLY same day dom./ int'l connection on int'l ticket

m miles needed for status

100K or 95 segments

75K (or 90 points-about 45 segments in higher fare classes, 90 segments in lower fare classes)

100K Premium pts (50K must be on NH) / no qualifying by segments starting 2008; Premium pts = base miles X COS X route multiplier

DI/DP-40K/100K or 50/100 OZ segments (every 24 months from reference day); PL-1000K/1000 OZ segments (life)

100K (non-Germany) OR 130K Germany;
600K for HON (over 2 years, only on full Miles & More members)

1500 Q points; 900 on NZ metal; 1350 for Australia / Norfolk Is., 800 on NZ metal; 10% less to requalify

miles n/ segments (SK, Blue1 or Widerøe Business—excl. dom. Norway): 70K/25 segs Asia-Pacific, Sweden, Americas; 55K/30 segs Denmark & Finland; 45K/40 Norway/others

80K in 12 months; 40K/60K in 1/2 years to renew

100K (or 100 segments)

100K (or 120 segments)

% Bonus for Elite

§0-100 on AC metal; 0-25 LH, NH, BD; on base miles only

100% on CO metal; 500 mile minimum

125 on NH metal

10/15/20% for DI/DP/PL on OZ metal

25 full Miles & More members, AC, UA and US base miles based on distance flown or, in Europe, fixed miles (counts as status)

0

25 on SK, airBaltic, Blue1, Estonian, & Wideroe (except dom. Norway); counts as status

100% Q miles on TK business; purchase up to 10K Q miles for 240 Euro

100 (UA &. UA code share on LH, US & LH US-Europe)

100 on US/HP, UA, NH

+Special Bonus Miles
Q=status miles

gift or 25K^ at 150K Q; 40K^ @200K Q, 75K^ @250K Q, 150K^ @300K Q (see below!)

50% Q miles on all Y and B econo fares on CO flights any fare; 250 Q mile min

100% Q NH Japan domestic, 50% NH to China (after COS multiplier applied)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

+Upgrades-  Domestic
Q=status miles

see next--international upgrades are also good for North American flights

instant upgrades Y and B fares at time of ticketing; space available at 5 days for all other fares for member and companion; mileage based upgrades 5 15K miles

40 upgrade points for qualify/requalify plus 2 for every 10K Q miles over 100K Q minimum qualify

Y purchase for 3K miles

Y (except L,T); purchase for 10K-15K miles; confirmable at time of reservation; 2 1-way European upgrades on requalifying; HON get 6 on requalifying and 2 for birthday (unofficial)

N

purchase for 10K+ points, valid from flex fares in Europe; for member / companion

2 certificates/ yr good for domestic or int'l, non-transferable; also purchase upgrades for miles

500 mi NA -- 4 every 10K Q, confirm. 100 hr.; 2 1-way 1-class transferable HK49 / 10K Q miles—max of 8; confirm. @ res.

Unlimited N. Am./ Latin Am./ Carib., request 7 days prior OR anytime full coach on US (Y,B,U)/HP (Y,H)

+Upgrades 1-class  Int'l
Q=status miles

§6 SWU or 4 SWU/ 4 NA or 2 SSWU/ 2 SWU or 2 SSWU/ 4 NA on qualifying & 2 SWU @ 20, 60, 90, 105, 135, 150K & every 30K after; 2 SSWU @40, 75, 120, 165K & every 30K Q after; confirm at ticketing Y/M/U; 7 days other fares

- instant upgrades Y and B fares at time of ticketing and space available at 5 days all other fares for member and companion, all but longest haul flights
- mileage based upgrades 7.5 55K miles (on all routes)

- see above for earning; 4 points to upgrade domestic, 8 for int’l business and 15 for int’l first except China/Asia resorts=5 points business and 7 first

purchase for miles (varies)

Y (except S,W); purchase for 35K-75K miles; confirmable at time of reservation; 2 European upgrades = 1 international

2 segments/yr, transferable, confirm. 12 months, also good on reward travel, standby or higher cost at reservation one-way upgrades for points

purchase for up to 30000 points (from any fare outside Europe; use on a standby basis), for member / companion

2 certificates/ yr good for domestic or int'l, non-transferable; also purchase upgrades for miles

6 SWU; +2 @ 150K EQM /150 EQS & every 50K EQM/50 EQS after; buy upgrades from select (non-deep discount) fares for 10-60K miles—confirm @ res.

2 HI/Europe (& 2 companion) good on Y,B,M, H,Q fares

Reward notes#

no blackout on AC; if not oversold, seat even if award seat unavailable for +30% points

better Econo and BusinessFirst reward availability

extensive reward list; any revenue seat for 2x miles even if normal reward unavailable

no blackout OZ; 10% off multiple same itinerary redemptions

50% companion awards

 

50% off awards for under 17 year old children

no blackout on TK for member; if not oversold, seat even if award seat unavailable

no blackouts on standard awards

no blackouts on standard awards


Other Bonuses (all have priority check-in, waitlist, standby, baggage)

(Star Gold members get at least 1 extra piece if piece concept applies or 20 kg if weight concept applies on any o airline)

§Choice of 2 of :

    • 5K Q Miles
    • 100% bonus miles AC metal, 25% LH NH BD
    • 4 SWU Upgrades
    • 2 SSWU Upgrades
  • 100% bonus miles AC metal, 25% LH NH BD

AND Choice of 2 of:

  • 2 SWU Upgrades
  • 6 NA Upgrades
  • 6 MLL guest passes

AND Choice of 1 of:

  • 2500 Q miles OR 2 SSWU Upgrades for flight pass

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  • threshold gifts (see !)
  • awards transferable but member must fly on int’l itineraries for ‘instant kk’
  • no miles expiration
  • priority board/seat
  • 100% Thai econo
  • guarant. AC Y seat-Y/J fare incl. companion
  • concierge service
  • 500 miles/AVIS airport car rental
  • 2 pc extra baggage-AC
  • transborder upgrades from Y/M fares
  •  select Can. airports fast-track security/ dedicated check-in
  • 1 mile/$1-2 CAD at aircanada.com
  • 1-way awards
  •  Elite security screening
  • no same-day change fee
  • guaranteed CO econo seat 24+ hrs Y
  • first and second bag fee exemption
  • discounted President’s Club membership
  • discounted same day flight changes
  • telephone booking/ reissue fee exempt
  • reduced short notice reward booking fee
  • dedicated priority phone line for Platinum
  • free reward travel change
  • 100% Q miles on all fares
  • no Saturday night stay required for rewards
  • NH 1st Class check-in
  • Premium Econo seating
  • advance domestic res., seat selection
  • no miles expiration
  • dom. lounge access 2000 pts/ 1 upgrade cert. for compan./ family (max. 4)
  • upgrade certs. for on-board purchase (1=1000 JNY)
  • 2 free night NH hotel certs.
  • Travelex commiss. exemption
  • extensive partners
  • Diamond desk
  • priority award waitlist
  • 5 NH lounge certs.
  • 10,000 JNY on-board purchase coupon
  • 1 flower delivery
  • 1 "From the Heart" gift
  • eligible for SuperFlyers credit card & 2 upgrades
  • premium credit card bonus miles
  • 30 kg for OZ Flights
  • pool with up to 5 family members
  • priority boarding
  • compensate irregular flight ops on award tickets
  • high award availability
  • awards transferable
  • full refund of award ticket within 1 year
  • 7 year mileage expiry
  • no peak period OZ award surcharge
  • 1-way awards
  • welcome gift
  • 1/2 DI/DP 50% upgrade miles discount coupon

plus for PL:

  • first-class OZ check-in
  • guaranteed OZ seat full fare Y 72 hr
  • lifetime membership
  • 2 50% upgrade miles discount coupon every 100K OZ miles
  • guarant’d full fare bus/ econo seat LH int'l 48/ 72 hrs; bus-24 hr HON
  • adjacent seat blocking
  • awards transferable
  • high award availability
  • LH 1st Class check-in
  • 40 kg baggage allow.
  • car/hotel upgrades
  • 500 miles/car rental
  • car rental miles w/o flight
  • SEN parking @FRA
  • lasts 2 yrs (requalify one Jan-Dec. period); 2 yrs FTL if no requal.
  • overdraw 50K miles

HON: SEN benefits plus

  • HON Circle lounges/ 1st Class terminals w/ personal assist., limo to plane/gourmet cuisine
  • free HON Circle credit card, spouse SEN card, magazine subscriptions
  • Sixt/Avis/Hilton elite memberships
  • bus./econo rewards if revenue seats available
  • highest waitlist priority
  • 6 upgrade vouchers
  • dedicated phone #
  • birthday/Xmas gifts
  • fast track security lines
  • overdraw 100K miles
  • transferable upgrades
  • 2 pieces cabin baggage up to 14 kg total for all p Gold
  • gifting to anyone at same address PLUS 4 nominees
  • online upgrades
  • free valet parking tickets
  • drop to Gold if no requal.
  • 1 hotel & 1 car upgrade coupon
  • variety of hotel & car rental partners
  • any seat awards
  • no mileage expiry if Gold or Gold Elite
  • Gold Elite card for partner (with more limited benefits)
  • Christmas gift
  • gift at 2500 Q points
  • 1-way rewards
  • Space Plus seating on short/medium haul flights (also for Star Golds)
  • hotel upgrades; car discounts
  • mileage rounded up to next 100 miles
  • specials, incl. 2 for 1 bus. class awards
  • 300-500 Q/night-Radisson SAS hotels; guaranteed room-3 days ahead
  • guaranteed SK Y seat 48 hr bus. class booking (24 hr some domestic)
  • special events
  • free MasterCard & Diners Club incl. extra insurance
  • Radisson SAS awards w/o taking bonus trip
  • breakfast @ Radisson SAS on bonus stays
  • day room at CPH airport
  • priority parking, Stockholm airport (Stockholm residents)
  • 500 miles/car rental
  • Hertz #1 Club Gold
  • guarant'd full fare bus/ econo seat TK 72 /48 hrs; bus/econo
  • dedicated phone line
  • 50% discount on companion business class ticket
  • complimentary Elite card for friend or relative
  • family membership allows credit/spend from one account for TK flights only-do not count as Q miles
  • if fail to requalify, drop to Elite
  • guaranteed UA econo seat 6+ hrs Y
  • 50% Q miles full fare econo UA metal
  • Econo + seating
  • 1 companion cert. at 25, 50, 100k Q
  • confirm companion upgrades
  • awards transferable
  • no blackouts-UA
  • special 1K saver award inventory
  • no mileage expiry
  • 100% TG/LH Econo intercont'l
  • hotel/car upgrade
  • priority board/seat
  • NA upgrade good for Region 1 (N. & Cent. America, Carib.)
  • no flight needed for car rental miles (excl. Hertz)
  • upgrade awards select fares UA/LH
  • automatic upgrade select Y/B fares
  • Million Miler – life PE, 2 HK49 and 3 SWU upgrades; 2 Million Miler – life RCC, gift, 4SWUs; 3 Million Miler – gift, 4 SWUs
  • guaranteed US econo seat 24+ hrs Y
  • preferred seat, incl. UA Econo +
  • free Club member for 150K Q miles OR discount
  • UA upgrades
  • Chairman’s Liaison Reservation Service
  • Crowne Plaza Passport to Privilege
  • Hyatt Platinum @ 3 stays
  • Avis 500 bonus miles & $15 off
  • Dollar double miles; Hertz double miles or free upgrade; Thrifty 200 bonus miles
  • silver status for friend
  • FTD 200 bonus miles

Other Minuses

  • need flight to earn miles Hertz/US Avis
  • no upgrade award
  •  
  • awards only for close family
  • miles expire 3 yr if not elite
  • no op. upgrades even if 1st or bus. class empty
  • miles expire 3 yr (not if HON/SEN/FTL or have LH VISA card)
  • miles expire 4-5 yr if not Gold
  • fee if no flights on NZ
  • fixed earn/ burn rates per sector/airline/class
  • econo miles for disc. bus. class on AC
  • miles expire 4-5 yr

 

  • 50 miles per rental day/1 or 2 points/$, except Sixt/ (500/rental)
  • no miles on AC Tango fares

!, +, *, ** -- see last page

COMPARISON OF Middle Tier Star Alliance (m) Gold Frequent Flyer Programs
Star Alliance GoldAir Canada (AC), Air China (CA), ANA (NH), British Midland (BD), CO (Continental), Air New Zealand (NZ), Singapore (SQ), South African (SA), Spanair (JK), TAP Air Portugal (TP), Thai (TG), United (UA), and US Air (US) PAGE 2 of 2 NOTE: Middle Tier on some carriers not shown if not Star Gold (LH, SAS); some Top Tiers (e.g. SQ BD CA) only equivalent in benefits to most Middle Tier programs so are placed in Middle Tier.


FEATURE

AC Aeroplan Elite (E)

Air China Companion Gold (G)/ Platinum (PL)

CO One Pass Gold Elite

NH Elite
Platinum (PL)

BD Diamond Club

NZ AirPoints Gold (G)

SQ Solitaire PPS Club/PPS Club/ KrisFlyer Elite Gold (eff Sep 2007)

SA Voyageur Gold/ Platinum*

JK Spanair Plus Gold

TP Victoria Gold Winner

TG Royal Orchid Plus Gold

TK Miles and Smiles Elite

UA Mileage Plus Premier Exec (PE)

US Dividend Miles Platinum/ Gold Preferred (PP/GP)

Paid 1st COS Bonus

50%

50%

25% base/50% Q CO metal

50% (int'l)

200% (100% SQ)

varies by route, approx 250%

50%

50%

varies by route, approx 312%

100% TAP

50%

50%

50%

50%

Paid Bus. COS Bonus

25% in J (50% AC Canada-US/Caribbean in J/C; 25% manual credit AC int'l RTW C Class)

30%

25% base/50% Q CO metal

25% (int'l); 50% dom. "SuperSeat"

100% (50% SQ)

varies by route, approx 125%

25%

25%

varies by route, approx 200-300%

50% TAP

25%

50% on TK and 25-50% n

25%; 50% Q on UA/US & LH US-Europe

25-50%; 50% Q US/HP, UA & NH

COS Bonus = status mi.

Y (all o flights)

Y (all p flights)

Y (all q flights)

Y (all r flights)

Y

Y

Y (all s flights)

Y (all t flights)

Y?

Y (all u flights)

Y

Y (all v -flights)

Y (UA/US & LH US-Europe)

Y (US/HP, UA & NH)

*Access to Star Gold Lounges if flying w

Y (& to AC Arrivals)

Y

Y; USA Clubs on same day dom./ intern'l connection when flying int'l ticket

Y

Y

Y (with up to 1 guest, except not in regional Koru Club)

Y (& VS Clubhouses)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y; US RCC/Club ONLY same day dom./ intern'l connection when flying int'l ticket

Y; US RCC & Club ONLY same day dom./ intern'l connection when flying int'l ticket

x Miles needed for Gold status

35K or 50 segments

56K G/ 160K PL;
OR 50 G or 90 PL. segments; 50K G / 90K PL OR 45 G / 80 PL segments to requalify; Life PL @ 1 million on CA

50K (or 60 points-about 30 segments in higher fare classes, 60 segments in lower fare classes)

50K Premium pts/no qualifying by segments starting 2008; Premium pts = base miles X COS X route multiplier

57K (i.e. 3K plus Silver @ 16K plus 38K for Gold); 38K to requalify

900 Q points; 800 for Australia / Norfolk Is.; 10% less to requalify

Elite: 50K on y 
PPS value: S$25,000/yr; PPS Solitaire: S$250,000 within 5 consecutive years (existing convert at S$1000/sector); only SQ/Silk Air in paid first or business count

50K Gold/ 100K Plat.;
OR
60/6 Gold or 100/12 Plat. domestic/int'l sectors in Full Fare Econo (domestic), Bus. or First

10K Starpoints / 50 JK flexible segments

70K Q 12 mos to qualify; 70K Q calendar yr requalify

50K in 1st year OR 80K over 2 years OR 40 TG int'l segments

40K in 12 months; 30K/45K (Turkish residents) or 25K/37.5K (non Turkish residents) in 1/2 years to renew

50K (or 60 segments )

PP 75K (or 90 segments); GP 50K (or 60 segments)

% Bonus for Elite

§0-50 on AC metal; 0-25 on LH, NH, BD; on base miles only

25 G / 50 PL on CA flights

100% on CO metal; 500 mile minimum

100 on NH metal

25 (all z flight)
35 (bmi)

0

25 (only on SQ)

2000 mi./10K Q & 50/100% Gold/Plat. only on SA metal

15 (JK only)

40% TAP

0

100% Q miles on TK business; purchase up to 10K Q miles for 240 Euro

100 (UA &. UA code share on LH, US & LH US-Europe)

75 (PP)/50 (GP) on US, UA, NH

+Special Bonus Miles

gift or 25K^ at 150K Q; 40K^ @200K Q, 75K^ @250K Q, 150K^ @300K Q (see below!)

0

50% Q miles on all Y and B econo fares on CO flights any fare; 250 Q mile min

100% Q NH Japan domestic, 50% NH to China (after route multiplier applied)

100% over 55K Q (note this means up to 625% total miles paid F after 55K Q!)

0

0

0

0

0

5000 on qualifying/ requalifying

0

0

0

+Upgrades- Domestic
Q=status miles

- see next: different choices available with varying NA, SWU & SSWU upgrades

upgrades available for 3-7.5K miles  (B, H, K and L class and higher fares)

instant upgrades Y and B fares at time of ticketing; space available at 3 days for all other fares for member and companion; mileage based upgrades 5 15K miles

20 upgrade points for qualify/requalify plus 2 for every 10K Q miles over 50K Q minimum qualify

4 econo to bus UK/Europe

N

N

same day airport 1 class upgrades available for 7K miles

1 on birthday

Y purchase for miles

N

purchase upgrades for miles

500 mi NA -- 4 every 10K Q--confirm. 72 hr; can purchase upgrades for miles

Unlimited N. Am./ Latin AM./ Carib., @ 4 (PP)/3 (GP) days prior / anytime full coach on US (Y,B,U)/HP (Y,H)

+Upgrades- 1-class Int'l
Q=status miles

§6 SWU or 4 SWU/ 4 NA or 2 SSWU/ 2 SWU or 2 SSWU/ 4 NA on qualifying & 2 SWU @ 20, 40, 60, 90, 105, 135, 150K & every 30K after; 2 SSWU @ 75, 120, 165K & every 30K Q after; confirm at ticketing Y/M/U; 4 days other fares

upgrades available for 6-20K miles (B, H, K and L class and higher fares)

- instant upgrades Y and B fares at time of ticketing and space available at 3 days for all other fares for member and companion, all but longest haul flights
- mileage based upgrades 7.5 55K miles (on all routes)

- see above for earning; 4 points to upgrade domestic, 8 for int’l business and 15 for int’l first except China/Asia resorts=5 points business and 7 first

N but can use domestic certs to upgrade to new econo

2 segments/yr, confirm. 3 days, also good on reward travel; standby or higher cost at reservation one-way upgrades for points

N

same day airport 1 class upgrades available for 7500-45K  miles

N

N

Y (one 1 class RT upgrade on qual. or renewal; one 1 class RT upgrade @ 50K Q miles (annually); one sector upgrade awards for 16K-60K miles

purchase upgrades for miles

N; upgrades from select (non-deep discount) fares purchasable for 10K-60K miles --confirmable at time of reservation

N

Reward notes#

blackouts; non-award Y inventory for up to 2X regular miles (member/ family)

 

better Econo reward availability

extensive reward list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

no blackouts on standard awards

no blackouts on standard awards

Other Bonuses (all have priority check-in, waitlist, standby, baggage)

(Star Gold members get at least 1 extra piece if piece concept applies or 20 kg if weight concept applies on any aa airline)

§ Choice of 2 of:

  • 2.5K Q miles
  • 2 SSWU Upgrades
  • 4 SWU Upgrades
  • 50% bonus miles AC metal, 25% LH NH BD

AND Choice of 2 of:

  • 2 SWU Upgrades
  • 4 NA Upgrades
  • 4 MLL guest passes

AND Choice of 1 of:

  • 1250 Q miles OR 2 SWU Upgrades for flight pass 

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  • transfer awards to anyone
  • no mileage expiry
  • priority boarding/ seating
  • 100% TG econo
  • 2 extra baggage pieces on AC
  • 500 miles/AVIS airport car rental
  • auto no cert. upgrade transborder Y/M fares
  • fast-track security at select Can. locations
  • 1 mile/$1-2 CAD at aircanada.com
  • 1-way awards
  • free ticket delivery BJS, CTU
  • First Class treatment during irregular ops (lodging, food)
  • Elite security screening
  • guaranteed CO econo seat 48+ hrs Y
  • first and second bag fee exemption
  • discounted President’s Club membership
  • discounted same day flight changes
  • dedicated priority phone line for Gold
  • $25 reward travel change fee
  • 100% Q miles on all fares
  • no Saturday night stay required for rewards
  • NH 1st Class check-in
  • Premium Econo seating
  • advance domestic res., seat selection
  • no mileage expiry
  • dom. lounge access 2000 pts/ 1 upgrade (max. 4/flt)
  • upgrade certs. for on-board purchase (1=1000 JNY)
  • Travelex commission exemption
  • Platinum desk
  • extensive partners
  • eligible for SuperFlyers credit card & 2 upgrades
  • premium credit card bonus miles
  • 50% bonus on JK Y & BD Y,S,U, & L fares
  • 3 day advance booking of award flights
  • redeem for business Europe/ new econo int'l @ econo miles
  • guaranteed BD seat 48 hr, bus. ticket
  • Q miles over 55K convert to Destination miles
  • car discounts/ upgrades
  • drop to Silver if no requal.
  • space avail. upgrade awards, incl. companion
  • lifetime Gold after 10 years
  • hotel/car upgrade coupons
  • variety of hotel & car rental partners
  • any seat awards
  • gifting to anyone at same address PLUS 2 nominees
  • 2 cabin bags up to 14 kg total for all bb Gold
  • no mileage expiry if Gold or Gold Elite
  • Space Plus seating on short/medium haul flights (also for Star Golds)
  • qualification period is 12 months from joining/ achieving current status

PPS:

  • credit any cc scheme
  • guaranteed SQ Y seat if waitlisted J/P
  • use business Silver Kris Lounge if flying SQ/Silk
  • renewal/qualify gift

plus for
Solitaire PPS:

  • SQ 1st Class Lounge if flying SQ/Silk
  • spouse card

Note: all Plat. benefits apply to Lifetime Plat. except:

  • 5000 (Gold)/ 7500 (Plat) / 10000 mi. (Life Plat.) bonus on requalify
  • drop 1 tier level if not requalified
  • 2 lounge guests for Plat; 1 for Gold
  • no fee for expedited award-Plat
  • Life Plat. flying Gold mi./ sectors get Gold companion card annually
  • chauffeur service on int'l flights-Plat/Life Plat
  • free Silver companion card
  • guaranteed seat in econ/bus full fare up to 2/48 hr prior
  • free spousal membership
  • 1-way awards at 75% of return
  • companion ticket at 60% of award ticket
  • companion lounge access
  • upgrade at gate for miles
  • emergency assistance return ticket
  • exemption from some service fees
  • 100% on most econo flights, incl. LH
  • status for 2 yr
  • TG 1st Class check-in
  • guaranteed TG Y seat booked 72 hr
  • ·birthday gift (e.g. upgrade, discount on reward travel)
  • shopping discounts in Thailand
  • 500 miles/car rental
  • no flight to earn car rental miles
  • awards – anyone on your list

 

  • ·dedicated phone line
  • ·50% discount on companion business class ticket
  • ·if fail to requalify, drop to Classic Plus
  • 50% Q miles full fare econo UA metal
  • confirmed companion upgrades
  • Econo plus seating
  • awards transferable
  • 100% Thai & LH inter-continental Econo
  • hotel & car upgrades
  • priority boarding/seating
  • NA upgrade good for Region 1 (N. & Cent. America, Carib.)
  • no mileage expiration
  • car rental miles w/o flight (except Hertz)
  • autom. upgrade select Y/B fares
  • Million Milers – same as for 1K
  • upgrade awards from select fares UA/LH
  • guaranteed US econo seat @ 24+ hrs
  • preferred seat, incl. UA Econo +
  • disc. for Club membership
  • UA upgrades
  • Private Connections Reservations Service
  • Crowne Plaza Passport to Privilege
  • Hyatt Platinum @ 3 stays
  • Avis 500 bonus miles & $15 off
  • Dollar double miles; Hertz double miles or free upgrade; Thrifty 200 bonus miles
  • FTD 200 bonus miles

Other Minuses

  • no upgrade awards
  • miles expire 2 yrs
  •  
  • awards only for close family
  • miles expire 3 yr if not elite
  • reduced earning on deep discount fares
  • expire 4-5 yrs <Gold
  • annual fee if no NZ flights
  • fixed earn/ burn rates by sector/ airline/ class
  • 25% elite bonus only when crediting miles to PPS
  • miles expire 3 yrs
  • miles expire 3 yrs

 

  • miles expire 3 yrs
  • expire 3 yr

 

 

 

NOTES

Prepared by BlondeBomber from data supplied by Rudi, Catman, QuietLion, PremEx, auh2o, AnnaS, Celestar340, 3544quebec, Austman, Merry, Gekko, Koru Flyer, Dorian, Bernie, Curt, Gaucho100K, indogulf, ozstamps, LordLuck, craigm, Shareholder, james, paulo, UAL Traveler, miler, celbrian, peter42, Hagbard Viking, milehighj, guava, UALRSSRDTWRR, Nigel, pb9997, Patron, zaco, yvr-runner, ahrz, BrisbanePE, unixone, uli, cbellero, 1k-all-the-way, wingnut, Cloud Lounger, kempis, f4free, kawoh, Norway_Asia, g3space, bruin, Gustaf, Rojo, ackang, LH738, pt, CGK, Kiwi Flyer, mad_atta, flamboyant1, OSLflyer, Al B, Point_Chaser, Banton, PappaG, ntddevsys, fbessoles, stargold, RWY02KTM, dd, cedric, NihonNick, Andrew Yiu, jamespvg. Stranger., ACORD, HPtunco, demiurg, dia15222, Tante Kaethe, JeffISU, qasr, QF009, AndreasFromVienna, Zinzan, ulev, planeluvr, hclee01, zvezda, KenF, madman, totti, FCYTravis, edta450, beaubo, traveloguy, efrem, Chiangi, DownUnderFlyer, tnt537, Nick C, futaris, kiam

# see Hagbard Viking's Star Alliance Reward Comparison Chart for award comparability                     
* -- see 2005 Star Alliance Lounges for list of Star Gold lounges
** Minimum Miles/Earning -  see Star Alliance Cross Earning Chart; all published fares eligible in most programs; (changing rapidly--check ff program websites for updates); Earn no miles for reward booking classes, e.g. O,I,X on most carriers D,W on AC and, in many programs, other than that airline's own ff program for the following fares:

 

!Non-mileage Threshold Gifts on AC Aeroplan-- 150K Q ($300 Fruits & Passion cert. OR 25K miles OR 2 nights at Starwood hotels OR 1 week AVIS full-size rental OR Maple Leaf Lounge membership for friend), 200K ($500 Roots cert OR Elite status for friend OR 40K miles OR 1 month AVIS full-size rental OR 3 nights at Starwood hotels), 250K ($2500 Harry Rosen OR Air Canada Vacations cert; OR 75K miles OR 8 flight North American Economy pass for two OR 2 months AVIS convertible rental for summer OR 4 nights at Starwood hotels), 300K Q miles ($4000 Air Canada Vacations cert; SE status for friend, OR 8 flight North American Executive Class pass for two OR 6 months AVIS full-size rental OR 5 nights at Starwood hotel OR 150K miles)
+Bonuses & Upgrades -- AC threshold bonuses & upgrade certificates awarded based on Q miles earned on all mm flights; UA bonuses & upgrade certificates (except System Wide Upgrades) awarded based on Q miles earned on UA flights only (incl. UA codeshare on LH from N. America-Germany & LH transatlantic). One UA 1-way SWU upgrade origin-destination; UA mileage upgrades on paid higher coach International fares (Y,B,M ,H) & business class (C, D) & USA/Hawaii/Canada/Mexico/Central America in D,C,Y,B,M,H,Q,V,W,S,K,L,T. SWU Cert may also be used on same day one class standby basis on international LH metal flights for most paid booking classes.)  SWUs are eligible for travel in Americas/Hawaii from all booking classes except Z & G, & elsewhere from all booking classes except Z, S, T, K, L & G. Complex rules--see http://www.united.com/page/article/0,6722,51127,00.html for latest.
§- Upgrades-One AC SWU or SSWU upgrade required origin-destination worldwide, including NA; NZ allows upgrades on any paid fare.

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