Star Alliance teams up with HSBC Australia

BILLED as being the world’s first credit card created by an airline alliance has launched in the Australian market this week, with Star Alliance partnering with HSBC Australia to create the the HSBC Star Alliance Credit Card for Aussie travellers.

Customers now can earn Star Alliance points on their everyday purchases, which can then be converted to miles or points with seven Star Alliance member loyalty programs, including Air Canada, Air New Zealand, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, THAI and United Airlines.

“This is very much consistent with a key strategy of Star Alliance which is to offer a loyalty proposition that others talk about,” Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh said.

The new credit card also offers Aussies the chance to fast-track to Star Alliance Gold Status in the first year when they spend $4,000 on eligible purchases, so long as it spent within 90 days of the card’s approval.

Advantages of Gold Status include access to 1,000 airline lounges globally, priority check-in, boarding and baggage handling, as well as excess baggage allowance on eligible fares operated by Star Alliance member airlines.

Customers can also retain the Gold Status when they spend at least $60,000 on eligible purchases over the course of the previous year, while Silver Status can also be attained when card holders spend over $30,000.

Further benefits include uncapped Star Alliance points, with clients earning one Star Alliance point per $1 spent in Australia and overseas for the first $3,000 spent per statement period, and an earning 0.5 Star Alliance points per $1 spent on purchases thereafter.

Card holders can also book flights interest-free for six months on purchases made directly through participating Star Alliance Member Airlines websites.

Star Alliance points will also not expire so long as the Star Alliance Rewards account remains active – sign up for the card HERE.

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