No business traveller likes to lose their bags or their frequent flyer points, so Star Alliance is doing something about it through a series of new 'technology hub' services connecting each member airline.
The baggage hub, which went live at the end of 2016, "allows us to track and monitor better the journey of the bags that our customers have checked through, particularly across the alliance" says newly-minted Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh, who took over the post in January this year.
An estimated 14 million travellers each year connect between member airlines on their journeys.
The baggage platform processes an average five million baggage 'messages' a day as each piece of checked luggage shuttles through the system from check-in to baggage handlers to being loaded on board, through to delivery at the airport or being forwarded onto a connecting flight.
Goh's aim is for travellers to be able to instantly check the status of their own luggage via their smartphone with updates on baggage delivery.
"The new normal is the digital experience of customers" Goh espouses. "Customers are mobile first – you expect information on demand and services at your fingertips."
Another plank of the technology hub system will make it easier for frequent flyers to claim missing miles and points after their trip.
"In the unlikely event you did not get your miles, you will be able to claim them online" Goh says.
Members in any Star Alliance frequent flyer program can now do this through the website of their preferred airline loyalty scheme, even if the miles were collected on a flight with another Star Alliance member.
It's estimated that 20,000 Star Alliance frequent flyers change their status every day of the year, either moving up one tier or dropping down a level.
This means that in many cases, quickly recovering uncredited miles can be the difference between enjoying the lounge access, business class check-in and higher checked luggage allowance afforded by Star Alliance Gold status versus the more pedestrian experience of Star Alliance Silver membership.
David Flynn is visiting Frankfurt as a guest of Star Alliance.