The Guide to Star Alliance Silver

When you earn elite status through an airline that’s part of an alliance, in a way, you’re earning two elite statuses. First, you receive benefits from the airline with which you earned your status. However, you also achieve elite status with that airline’s global alliance.

Elite members of United MileagePlus, Air Canada Aeroplan and other Star Alliance loyalty programs are granted one of two elite status levels in the Star Alliance program: Silver or Gold. However, the perks of these two elite status levels are vastly different.

Here’s a guide to Star Alliance Silver — including some of the easiest ways to get Star Alliance Silver status.

Star Alliance Silver benefits

There are just two published benefits to Star Alliance Silver: priority reservations waitlist and priority airport standby. Unfortunately, neither of these is all that exciting for most travelers.

Priority reservation waitlist gives you priority over non-elite members when a flight is sold out. That could be useful if…

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This article was written by JT Genter and originally published on www.nerdwallet.com