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The CEO’s of Star Alliance approved the Air India’s joining the alliance as the 27th member in London last month and the date was set to July 11, 2014.

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Air India is now a full member of the Star Alliance. Members from Star Alliance member airlines frequent flier programs can now both earn and redeem their miles on Air India flights. Remember to check your plans for eligible earning classes for mileage earning. [click to continue...]

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There was an article on Reuters yesterday (read it here) that was referring to a Russian publication Kommersant about Aeroflot’s preference of Star Alliance over SkyTeam due to unfavorable agreements with i.e. Delta.

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The article also states that some board member had said that it was unlikely that they would drop the alliance unless there was a political reason to do so. The board member also continues that the airline would likely join the Star Alliance that would help it to become more competitive. [click to continue...]

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Star Alliance has not yet officially announced the joining date of the EVA Air to the alliance, but EVA’s inflight magazine for June has it for 18th of this month. EVA Air and Star Alliance signed an agreement on 2012 that the airline would join the alliance on 2nd quarter of 2013.

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This would mean that starting on 18th of June the Star Alliance wide Silver and Gold benefits would apply on EVA flights as well and EVA’s frequent fliers would receive the same benefits on other Star Alliance airlines. [click to continue...]

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Oneworld just made an announcement that LATAM has chosen Oneworld as the alliance for both airlines. TAM is expected to leave the Star Alliance on the second quarter of 2014. This is full 12 months from now. You can read the Oneworld press release about TAM joining the alliance here.

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LAN and TAM merged last year and it was expected that the combined airline would be in the Oneworld alliance. LAN is a member of Onworld and TAM member of competing Star Alliance. When AviancaTaca joined the Star Alliance one condition was that the airline couldn’t  be in the same alliance as TAM. [click to continue...]

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There was a piece on the WSJ last week, that the negotiation of TAM joining the Oneworld that was supposed to take all the way until March, 2013, is almost wrapped up according to the unnamed sources cited by the paper.

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When the AviancaTaca joined the Star Alliance earlier this year and when the merge of LAN and Tam was approved, it was made clear that TAM couldn’t stay in the same alliance as AviancaTaca. The only two remaining options are SkyTeam and Oneworld. Delta bought a share of TAM’s domestic rival GOL, so it is unlikely that the alliance choice would be anything else than the Oneworld.

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It seems rather likely that TAM will cease to be a member of Star Alliance sometime in the early second half of 2013. Obviously, all the award tickets will be honored past the exit date, but you won’t receive miles or get Star Alliance related status benefits once the airline has exited the alliance.