Star Alliance Posts

Lufthansa pilot strike 'imminent'


Looks like Lufthansa pilots are ready to strike again. There is no set dates as of yet, but it could be very soon! The Germans are good at giving days and times when they will strike. In the past Thursdays are most common for LH strikes. 

So if you are flying with Lufthansa or ...


Abundant Turkish Airlines Award Space on New San Francisco - Istanbul Route


Turkish Airlines is launching new non-stop service between San Francisco and Istanbul in April 2015 and the award space is abundant in both business and economy class - even on the inaugural flights! We're not just talking about one or two seats - most days have at least nine award seats ...


Lounge Review: Asiana First Class Lounge at Seoul Incheon


This lounge visit was part of my trip to Turkey and China. My index including trip reports for Air Canada, Asiana, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines, and lounge and hotel reviews can be found here. 

The Asiana Airlines ...


United Loosens Award Routing Rules Between North America and Africa


Fearing that United Airlines had further tightened up award routing rules to Asia based on a new and restrictive revision of the fine print, I warned in May that if enforced, United's draconian new routing rules would mark a stealth devaluation of the MileagePlus program. Though the new ...


Brussels Airlines to position itself 'as a hybrid airline'


Brussels Airlines (SN) announced last week its new market strategy, "a hybrid airline which offers a high value for money solution for all market segments and budgets, without having to compromise." Brussels Airlines will also launch a new slogan, "We go the extra smile"

The changes will ...

Air India Joins Star Alliance


After years of drama, Indian flag carrier Air India has formally partnered with Star Alliance and becomes the first Indian carrier to join a global air alliance. I remember all too well how the drama unfolded in 2011 while I was working at Star Alliance and am ...


United's seasonal scale-back in Europe underscores cost concerns

United Airlines is temporarily halting winter services to several secondary European markets, as well as a few key primary ones such as Rome and Manchester, from its largest East coast gateway hubs at New York/Newark Liberty International and Washington ...


Trip Report: Thai Airways A330 Business Class, Shanghai to Bangkok


If you haven't flown on Thai Airways before, here's one thing you should know about them. They switch out more airplanes on more routes than any other airline that I know. When I originally booked this trip, I was booked into first class on a Boeing 747-400. For ...


Lounge Review: Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge at Istanbul


The Turkish Airlines CIP lounge at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport is located on the departure level near gate 220.  The lounge is accessible by first and business class passengers on all Star Alliance flights, Star Alliance Gold members and Miles and ...


Trip Report: Thai Airways A380 First Class Bangkok to Paris


Flight: TG 930
Aircraft: Airbus A380
Bangkok (BKK) to Paris (CDG)
Depart: 12:10 AM on Thursday (12:42 AM actual)
Arrive: 6:50 AM on Thursday (6:30 AM actual)
Duration: 12hr 40mn
Seat: 3K First Class

The Royal Orchid Spa and Royal ...

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Turkish Airlines 777 Business Class from Istanbul to Houston


The last portion of my trip report of my Business Class award on Turkish Airlines is the return trip between Istanbul and Houston.  I had already had an eventful day, getting up early to see some of the sites in Istanbul.  I then returned to the crowded airport and had a brief visit at ...


Lounge Review: Star Alliance Lounge at LAX


This lounge visit was part of my trip to Turkey and China. My index including trip reports for Air Canada, Asiana, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines, and lounge and hotel reviews can be found here. 

This was my first time ...

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Lounge Review: Star Alliance Lounge at Paris Charles de Gualle (CDG)


My amazing Thai Airways A380 flight from Bangkok sadly ended too soon and we arrived at our gate in terminal one slightly ahead of schedule. I had a six-hour layover in Paris before connecting to Montreal on Air Canada and decided to check out the airport ...