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If you have a couple minutes, you might as well enter this interesting Star Alliance contest.
The contest is meant to publicize the Star Alliance Upgrade program, which allows you to use a bunch of Star Alliance frequent flyer program miles to upgrade full Y (expensive) fares. So if you are flying United and have a ton of American Express points, you can transfer them to Aeroplan or Continental and use them to upgrade the United flight. Since these are full Y fares, its really only useful for people who shell out for the flexibility or whose companies will pay for full fare coach. I wrote recently that Air Canada is now participating in the program and to see a full list of participants, click here.
So lets get to the fun: the quiz is really easy. The answers to 1-5 are:
- There are 27 member airlines in Star Alliance
- Customers can upgrade their seat using their own frequent flyer miles or points on other member carriers
- Simply use your existing ticket at check-in
- All of the above
- Over 970
The last question is the real tie breaker- how many kilometers did Star Alliance airlines fly in July 2010. I won’t tell you my guess, but I will give you a couple hints.
1) For the metrically challenged, 1 kilometer = .62 miles, 1 mile= 1.61 kilometers
2) Per Wikipedia, Star Alliance flies 21,200 flights a day
3) There are 31 days in July
So the most educated guess I could make was that there were 657,200 Star Alliance flights in July 2010 (21,200 x 31). The hard part is figuring out the average flight distance. A vast majority of those 657,200 are short haul hops, but there are also ultra long hauls like EWR-SIN (15,000+ kilometers).
1st prize is two round-the-world business class tickets
2nd prize is two roundtrip business class tickets
3rd prize is 3 roundtrip economy tickets
4th prize is 5 10,000 mile/points in your frequent flyer program (or the equivalent)
You can enter once per Star Alliance frequent flyer program. It’s a rainy day in Buenos Aires, so I just entered using my Continental and US Airways frequent flyer programs. I’ll enter again when I have downtime at the airport later.
Tip of the hat to Seth at Wandering Aramean for this one!