Best star alliance airline for award availability, but I will have no status

3 replies


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Jun 2014

Total posts 318

Hi all. I have a very high credit card spend and am looking at putting some points elsewhere than qff, where I am platinum and have about 1.5 million points. I use my points to fly 2-4 pax to Asia and Europe in j. I am unlikely to accrue decent status elsewhere. Which star alliance airline has best award availability? I love the award requests with qff but am unlikely to benefit from this elswhere


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 04 Nov 2011

Total posts 234

For mine, KrisFlyer is hard to beat. Never had issues with availability and that's with zero status. Have done numerous flights, some RTW in J and F with SQ and also their alliance partners. Plus the 15% discount  for online bookings on SQ metal is a bonus also.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Aug 2016

Total posts 112

if your looking to put away credit spend, why not just opt to put it all in to amex MR or Altitude westpac so it stays transferable and you can decide which program at the time of need. you can always use expert flyer to find award space.



Member since 29 Jul 2016

Total posts 34

Hi obanpointer,    I think the partner airline and own airline availability is reasonable with SQ Krisflyer, although TG Royal Orchid Plus do some crazy things with wide availability on their own flights when you'd think they wouldn't.  But having said that, SQ wins over the two from an ease of use perspective.  You can book instantly by phone last minute for partner flights, or online for SQ flights with the online 15% discount mentioned above.  TG ROP restricts Fflyer or upgrade bookings in some cases to 24hours before and are not especially online booking discount either.  That's a good enough reason to use SQ's KF.  Also with SQ KF but not TG ROP,  you can transfer to/from Virgin AU if needed, plus of course take advantage of any card sign-up bonuses with Velocity then transfer to SQ afterwards.  

As pointed out with AX MR, it's another good option, unless you need to make a booking quickly or are trying to snag a seat which then disappears,  as the MR transfer to the airline takes a few days.

Hi Guest, join in the discussion on Best star alliance airline for award availability, but I will have no status

Attach Files