Star Alliance, HSBC Australia Launch HSBC Star Alliance Credit Card

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The HSBC Star Alliance Credit Card will allow Australians to earn Star Alliance Points on everyday purchases and convert them into miles or points across Star Alliance carriers' frequent flyer programmes, as well as accelerate their path to Star Alliance Gold Status through everyday spending.
The card is the world's first credit card created in collaboration with an airline alliance, and it will be issued solely on Visa credit.

Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh stated that the credit card programme was the result of strategic discussions with member airlines in the Australian market.

Frequent Flyer Programmes

Air Canada - Aeroplan, Air New Zealand - Airpoints, EVA Air - Infinity MileageLands, Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer, South African Airways - SAA Voyager, THAI - Royal Orchid Plus, and United - MileagePlus are the participating member airlines and their respective frequent flyer programmes at the time of the launch.

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HSBC Star Alliance Credit Card

The HSBC Star Alliance Credit Card will also give Australians a fast track to Star Alliance Gold Status in the first year of their account if they spend $4,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days of card approval, giving them access to over 1,000 airline lounges worldwide, priority check-in, boarding, and baggage handling, as well as excess baggage allowance on eligible fares and other benefits when travelling on flights operated by Star Alliance member airlines.

According to HSBC's Jessica Power, rising living costs are causing savvy consumers to reconsider how they use discounts and rewards on everyday purchases, including credit cards.

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“Our HSBC Travel and Finance survey indicates that while people are prioritizing travel in 2023, they are also looking at ways to keep travel costs down, with one in four Australians who are intending to travel overseas saying they would pay for flights with credit card rewards and points,” she said.

“Our survey revealed that 96 per cent of Australians intending to travel overseas said they would consider tips and tricks to keep travel costs down, with 50 percent saying they would look to shop around for flight and accommodation deals as a way to save money.”

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