By Ankur Mittal
Updated On May 1, 2023

There are many airline alliances across the world and Star Alliance is among the top ones consisting of multiple top airline companies. The Star Alliance includes 28 top airlines including many popular ones like Air India, Lufthansa, United, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and many more.

The Alliance has many offers and programs going on at all times and it is among the most-connected air travel networks you will find across the globe. If you are planning to use your loyalty or reward miles of a particular airline to book an award flight, there are high chances of flying through a Star Alliance member airline.

Whether your aim is to fly on Turkish Airlines’ business class or check out Lufthansa’s super luxurious first-class, Star Alliance member airlines can fulfil this for you, subject to availability of award flights to your preferred destination and dates. You can research about which flights and routes will provide the maximum value for redeeming your miles but searching for award flight availability can be tricky.

Some airlines’ flight search engines are user-friendly and will show you the available flights along with nearby dates and other information but some search engines are tricky and do not even show all available award flights.

Keep reading the article to know how to check Star Alliance member airlines’ award flights availability through different search engines and platforms.


Star Alliance feature

Star Alliance Member Airlines

Before we talk about how to check award flights, we should know about the member airlines in the Star Alliance. The following airlines are part of the Star Alliance –

Aegean Air China Air Canada
Air New Zealand Air India ANA
Austrian Asiana Airlines Avianca
Brussels Airlines Copa Airline Croatia Airlines
Egypt Air EVA Air Ethiopian
Lufthansa LOT Polish Airlines Shenzhen Airlines
Scandinavian Airlines Singapore Airlines Swiss
South African Airways TAP Air Portugal Turkish Airlines
Thai Airways United Airlines

There are different ways to search award flights through these airlines. Some airlines’ search engine makes it a bit difficult to check available award flights but it is quite convenient to look out for award flights through others’ search engine.
Another obstacle you have to come across when booking award flights is phantom award space. Sometimes you may find a award flight for the airline and destination you want, at the date you want to travel, and at a fair number of miles. However, when you try to book the award ticket, you come across an error and are unable to book it.
This is phantom award space and most of the times it happens because the concerned award flight is not available anymore but this has not been updated in the airlines’ award flight search engine.
Let’s check out the ways through which you can check out Star Alliance members’ award flight availability and book them.

United Airlines

United Airlines is among the top search engines for Star Alliance award flights. You can search for flights even without logging into an account. You may face some issues with multi-partner connecting award flights but you can search ticket segment-by-segment to make it easier.

Here is how you can search for award flights at United’s website.

  • Visit the official United Airlines website and cancel the Sign In or Join Now pop up.
  • Click on Book > Flight and make sure to tick next to the Book with Miles option.

United Airlines website

  • Next, you have to enter the departure and arrival location along with the date, travellers, and your preferred class. Click on Find flights after entering this information.

departure and arrival location

  • You will see the search results with available flights on your chosen date. You can also see the flights available on nearby dates.

choose date

  • There is a 30-day calendar view option through which you can see available award flights for the whole month.

30-day calendar view option

  • You can check the details of the available flight including connection and seats information. Next to this, you will see the total miles required and taxes to be paid with money for both Economy and Business class.

check the details of the available flight

Air Canada

Air Canada airlines’ search engine can also be used to search for Star Alliance member award flights and also for non-alliance partners of Air Canada. It is an easy-to-use, convenient tool which is a good alternative for other options. You can book flights with Aeroplan miles, Air Canada’s loyalty program, as well as other Star Alliance member airlines’ miles.

Here is how to search –

  • Visit the official website of Air Canada and click on the Flights button. Make sure to tick the Book with Points check box.

Air Canada airlines.png

  • Enter the departure and arrival destination, date of travel, passengers, and click on Search Flights.

air canada arrival destination

  • You will see the available flights on the selected date with the total miles required and money to be paid for both Economy and Business class tickets for the flights.


  • You will see the available flights on the selected date with the total miles required and money to be paid for both Economy and Business class tickets for the flights.

details regarding connections

Singapore Airlines

Another popular member of Star Alliance, Singapore Airlines allows only its KrisFlyer loyalty program members to book business and first class tickets. You can use its search engine to find Star Alliance member award flights but you will need to create an account on the website to search for award spaces.

Here is how to search –

Singapore Airlines

  • Click on Book Trip and tick the Redeem flights check box.

Book Trip and tick the Redeem flights

  • Enter the departure and arrival destination, date of travel, class, passengers, and then click on Search button.

Enter the departure and arrival destination

  • You will see the search results for the chosen date and also for nearby dates. There is an option to look at flights operated by Singapore Airlines and Star Alliance members. You can choose Star Alliance to search award available flights.

Star Alliance members

  • You can click on the flight you want to book and you will see its details, total miles required, and money to be paid.

flight you want to book


Seats.Aero is an independent website that allows you to search for Star Alliance award flights through Avianca LifeMiles and United MileagePlus. It is easy to search award flights for multiple dates on this website without making a new search every time. You can even create a Pro account on this website for $8 per month and search for award flight availability for up to 361 days.

Here is how to search here –

  • Visit the Seats.Aero website where you can see the soonest flights across all cabin classes.


  • Open this link . You can add the airport code at the end of this link, for example we used Delhi’s code DEL, to search for all available award flights departing from there for the next 2 months.


  • Similarly, use the link Add the airport code at the end of the link, for example, we used Delhi’s code DEL, and you can see all available flights for the next 2 months.

lifemiles arriving DEL

  • Click on any flight and you can see its details, miles needed to book, and taxes for the economy, business, and first class.

flight detail

Bottom Line

With almost 30 member airlines around the world, Star Alliance operates numerous flights and you have great options to redeem your earned airmiles. You can book award flights with any of the Star Alliance member airlines’ miles but it is not always easy to search for available award spaces.

Most of the times, it gets confusing to search for award tickets as some search engines are not user-friendly while some are inaccurate. There is also the issue of phantom award space where you may see an available award flight but are unable to book it.

In the above article, we talked about the best ways to search for Star Alliance member airlines award flights. These websites are easy to use and show accurate search results most of the time. Make sure to confirm award spaces before you transfer your miles and plan your Star Alliance flight accordingly.


There are 26 member airlines in the Star Alliance which fly to almost every destination in the world. Some of the top airlines in the Star Alliance are Air India, Air Canada, United Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Avianca, Thai Airways, etc.

A phantom award space is an issue you can come across when searching for Star Alliance award space. You may find a flight on the date you want at a fair number of miles required to book through the flight search engine. However, you will come across an error or will be unable to book the flight. This is a phantom award space and it happens because the flight may not be available anymore and the search engine must not be updated. Therefore, you should cross check at atleast 2 or 3 airline search engines to confirm a Star Alliance award space.

Some airlines website make it hard to search for Star Alliance award spaces while it is more convenient and easier to do so on some airline search engines. You may across some difficulty while searching for award spaces on Turkish Airlines website but United Airlines is one of the best option to search for Star Alliance award availability. Apart from United, you can even try Singapore Airlines, Air Canada, or Seats.Aero to search for award space availability.

If you are part of a frequent flyer program of any member airlines of the Star Alliance, you can use your miles to book Star Alliance award flights irrespective of the program on which you earned the miles. You can redeem your miles on any Star Alliance member airline to book your flight or to upgrade your cabin class. Get in touch with the customer support of your frequent flyer program and they will help you out with this.

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