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Star Alliance had launched a Gold Game that testes your knowledge of the alliance by asking five questions. You can win one of the 36 prizes of Star Alliance Gold status in one of the participating programs.

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This offer is valid for all other current Star Alliance members except TAM that leaves the alliance in March and US Airways that is trying to merge with American Airlines and exits the alliance upon merger completion. [click to continue...]

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London’s Heathrow airport was closed yesterday for 90 minutes due to a fire at Ethiopian’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft. There has been quite a bit of news coverage about this incident and you can read more on BBC’s website here and on ITV’s website here.

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On a separate incident, Thomson’s Dreamliner that was bound for Florida from Manchester had to return to Manchester after unspecified technical problem. [click to continue...]

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As I wrote a week ago, the Ethiopian was to officially join the Star Alliance on December 13th and they did just that. Ethiopian is a good choice for Star. It opens up new connection options and destinations in the horn of Africa. Ethiopian complements the two other African based Star Alliance carriers, South African Airways and Egypt Air, very well.

Ethiopian Star Alliance

You can already redeem on Ethiopian using other Star Alliance carriers programs, as the award inventory is loaded in to the system. Sometimes it is bit of a struggle first because not always the front line employees making the award reservations are aware of the newest members.

Had a quick look and United, US Airways, and Lufthansa had a chart for Ethiopian fare classes eligible for mileage credit. BMI, which if my favorite program to credit business class flights, haven’t published a chart yet. The elite qualifying miles earned on United for paid business class flights on Ethiopian looked rather low. You only earn 100% (125% redeemable miles though) when business class normally earns, depending on the program, up to 200%. [click to continue...]

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Ethiopian Airlines (ET) is finally joining Star Alliance on 13th of December, 2011. The airline was accepted to be a member of Star already more than a year ago.  The airline is based in Addis Ababa and operates to more than 60 international destinations from there. Ethiopian serves more African destinations than any other airline.

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Ethiopian has already had a partnership with Lufthansa for quite some time. It is still unclear at this point, however, how much flight on various Ethiopian fare classes will earn miles on other Star Alliance carriers after the joining date. If the current Lufthansa chart gives any indication, it will be quite reasonable. Most of the fare classes will earn miles.     [click to continue...]