The Global Traveller has the details on Shanghai Airlines’ departure from Star Alliance.
Shanghai Airlines will leave Star Alliance at 31 October 2010.
The alliance status of some of the Chinese airlines has been up in the air for a while due to the complicated and evolving cross-ownerships in each other – Shanghai is in the process of being merged with China Eastern, which earlier this year announced an intention to join Sky Team. China Eastern is itself partly owned by both Cathay Pacific (Oneworld) and Air China (Star Alliance). So it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that Shanghai Airlines would leave Star Alliance.
Travellers on Shanghai Airlines will now have a period of a year or two without alliance benefits but existing Star Alliance awards on Shanghai Airlines for travel after October will be honoured. Those flying on paid tickets on Shanghai Airlines from November will no longer be able to earn Star Alliance frequent flyer status miles. Whether redeemable miles can continue to be earnt will depend on the frequent flyer program being credited to as some may continue to have Shanghai Airlines as a non-alliance partner and others may drop them.
Shanghai Airlines joined Star at the same time as Air China, and they’re an interesting operation but I’ve never had the opportunity to fly them. I’ve also never booked an award segment with them, as though their inventory shows up without difficulty on the All Nippon website I’ve only ever attempted bookings via US Airways and US Airways agents have never been able to see the flights.
Hey, I managed to get Continental to book (and price the taxes on) an award with a couple of Blue1 segments, that was an incredible undertaking, I suppose I should be thankful.
But Shanghai Airlines, I hardly even knew ya! Presumably they’ll be a part of Skyteam at some point, maybe my dormant Delta miles will re-acquaint me with you in the future.