Star Alliance is giving away 21 million frequent flyer miles

By David Flynn, July 14 2017

Want to be an instant mileage millionaire? Star Alliance is giving away 21 million frequent flyer miles to mark the group's 20th anniversary.

The worldwide competition ends on July 31, 2017, with 21 winners each pocketing one million miles in each of Star Alliance members' 21 loyalty schemes – enough for two round-the-world trips in first class.

Entry to the contest is free here – all you need is a profile photo or 'selfie', a photo of your favourite cultural experience, and the membership number to your favourite Star Alliance loyalty scheme.

When uploading your images, you'll merge them together on the competition website to create something like this:

Entries for the competition close on July 31, 2017, with the winners announced on September 28, 2017.

"Each year for 20 years, tens of millions of individuals have been brought together by international travel made possible through the breadth of our Star Alliance network" said Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh, speaking at a worldwide Star Alliance 20th Anniversary media event in Frankfurt, Germany.

The worldwide campaign was supported by activities at many locations around the world. For example, customers visiting one of the six Star Alliance-branded lounges on or around 14 May received special locally-inspired gifts and enjoyed special menu items celebrating the cultures and flavours of the world.

Star Alliance was founded on May 14, 1997 by Scandinavia's SAS, Thai Airways, Air Canada, Lufthansa, and United Airlines – with the five points of the group's star logo also representing each founding member.

11 member airlines fly to Australia, from our neighbour-across-the-pond Air New Zealand and global heavy-hitter Singapore Airlines to Air Canada, ANA, Asiana, Thai and United.

Lufthansa, Swiss and SAS are also popular choices for Aussies flying to Europe via Singapore and Hong Kong.

David Flynn visited Frankfurt as a guest of Star Alliance.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Jan 2016

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Air China is also a *A 

24 Oct 2010

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That's correct. We didn't list every Star Alliance member flying in Aussie skies for the sake of brevity.

10 Aug 2015

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BTW "across-the-pond" refers to trans Atlantic, "across the ditch" is trans Tasman.

24 Oct 2010

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Nope. Both phrases can be used to refer to trans-Tasman.

23 Sep 2015

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Entered too but seemed to superimpose my selfie on top of my piece of genuine Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte that I snapped on location... 

12 Sep 2014

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Evidently entering the comp is a piece of cake.

23 Sep 2015

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Touche... was a rather large and yummy piece of cake... (I think the chef  used a full bottle of kirsch in it)  

12 Sep 2014

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So its 1 million miles per scheme. Are all schemes equal? Is 1 Million miles in, say, Krisflyer worth the same for redemption as 1 Million miles in ANA's Mileage Club?

05 May 2016

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That would depend on a variety of factors such as which routes you wish to fly and with which airline(s). Generally if you'd use most of the points flying airline X that'd probably be the airline to put down.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

06 Jul 2017

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As long as your clothing isn't indicative of bad hygiene I couldn't care less. I'll wear the same thing in economy as I will business. In fact, I'd probably be more conservative (not wearing shorts) in economy because I'm in such a cramped space and don't want to make anyone uncomfortable with prolonged skin on skin contact.

If someone wants to look around the lounge or cabin and feel uncomfortable based on their classist assumptions they make about people I literally couldn't care less about how those assumptions are affecting their travel. Such shallow people. What an absolute joke. 

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