Star Alliance Reveals Plans for Extended Perks and New Connecting Partner 6/5/2019

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Star Alliance has its eye on becoming bigger and better. Plans are in place to increase and improve the benefits that are available for members at the Silver and Gold levels. There had been rumors that Star Alliance would be introducing new tiers above its current top level. However, we now know that those plans have been scrapped in favor of simply improving what's already on the table. On the agenda is an expansion of Star Alliance Gold Track. This perk offers Business Class passengers, First Class passengers and Star Alliance Gold travelers an expedited path for the process of getting through the airport. It's currently available at 200 airports around the world.

Star Alliance is also focusing on bringing in more Connecting Partners. It has just been revealed that THAI Smile Airways is set to become the latest Connecting Partner of Star Alliance. The announcement was made at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) meeting in Seoul over the weekend. Connecting Partners help to strengthen the existing network of full members within the Star Alliance and close any gaps that could create travel hiccups for customers. Customers using flight itineraries that include transfers between full alliance members and Connecting Partners get to enjoy standard alliance benefits and procedures during their travels.

THAI Smile Airways is a subsidiary of Thai Airways. You may already know that Thai Airways is one of the founding members of Star Alliance. THAI Smile will be linking with the alliance by some point in 2020. Moves are currently being made that will allow the carrier to use the necessary technology and communication tools to provide a seamless travel experience for members looking to take advantage of Star Alliance privileges and benefits.

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