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Thai Smile becomes Star Alliance Connecting Partner

Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:16 pm

Announced last year, and now formally in place.

Thai Smile became the second Connecting Partner of Star Alliance. The Connecting Partner Model allows airlines to partner with select Star Alliance members and networks without incurring full membership cost and the need to provide full customer benefits as member airline.

Passengers booked on an itinerary by LH, LX, OS and TG will be able to transfer onto Thai Smile on a single booking and have through check-in and baggage handling plus some Star Silver and Gold status benefits.

Star Alliance Welcomes THAI Smile Airways as Connecting Partner
https://www.staralliance.com/en/news-ar ... upId=20184

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Re: Thai Smile becomes Star Alliance Connecting Partner

Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:51 pm

Kinda strange how this connecting partner works as some Star partners don't even have the most basic interline agreement for these flights.
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Re: Thai Smile becomes Star Alliance Connecting Partner

Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:33 am

Also some Star partners can't collect miles. Seems more like an interline agreement with LH group atm.
 
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Re: Thai Smile becomes Star Alliance Connecting Partner

Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:39 am

Is there any difference comparable to TG in terms of service?
 
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Re: Thai Smile becomes Star Alliance Connecting Partner

Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:50 am

chunhimlai wrote:
Is there any difference comparable to TG in terms of service?


Regional Arm of TG, similar to Silk Air.
 
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Re: Thai Smile becomes Star Alliance Connecting Partner

Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:15 am

Flew them from hkg to bkk a few weeks ago. Not full Tg service but nothing to complain about
 
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Re: Thai Smile becomes Star Alliance Connecting Partner

Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:29 am

SCFlyer wrote:
chunhimlai wrote:
Is there any difference comparable to TG in terms of service?

Regional Arm of TG, similar to Silk Air.

SQ could have explored the Connecting Partner option as well for MI instead of shuttering it completely. Then again, we would not get to see the 737 in SQ livery.
 
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Re: Thai Smile becomes Star Alliance Connecting Partner

Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:18 pm

I never understand the need for such a connecting partner model. What Thai Smile did in this case is just by joining LH's Miles and More program. You don't really need the Star Alliance banner to do that. Just look at what Aegean has done to Olympic Air which has signed up to multiple Star FFP's without joining this model. I know non-LH Star Gold members can enjoy some benefits such as lounge access when booking a connecting flight involving Thai Smile but in this day and age, having to show your *G credential separately is troublesome when WE won't recognize status other than LH and TG.

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