• Joe Breitfeller

Star Alliance Gold Card Holders Can Now Enjoy Free Upgrades on Heathrow Express

The Star Alliance announced on Monday that their Gold Card holders can enjoy a free upgrade when traveling on Heathrow Express. The dedicated nonstop train service offers service between London-Heathrow and downtown London Paddington station.

Heathrow Express - Courtesy Star Alliance

On Monday, the Star Alliance and Heathrow Express announced free upgrades for Star Alliance Gold Card Holders on the dedicated nonstop train service from London-Heathrow (LHR) to downtown London Paddington station. The service carries over 17,000 travelers daily and the route takes only 15 minutes. The upgrade process is simple and requires only the purchase of a standard class single or roundtrip ticket. Guests can then choose any available seat in Business First Class and show their train ticket and Star Alliance Gold Card to the attendant. Business First amenities include complimentary periodicals, wider seats with more legroom, a personal table, power outlets and onboard TV. In Monday’s announcement, Heathrow Express’ Director, Les Freer said,

“We are pleased to welcome Star Alliance Gold members on Heathrow Express, and with a complimentary upgrade they can enjoy our fast and frequent service in style.”

Also commenting on the new benefit, Star Alliance’s Director of Loyalty, Renato Ramos added,

“We are grateful to Heathrow Express for providing our most valued flyers this upgrade benefit. It is another example of the local and regional partnerships we continue to explore in order to further enhance the value of Star Alliance Gold Status.”

The program is available to all guests holding Gold status in any of the 20 frequent flyer programs offered by Star Alliance member airlines. More Star Alliance airlines operate through LHR than any other airport, with 25 of 26 members offering 236 daily flights to 48 destinations in 24 countries from the London gateway. The Star Alliance offers over 19,000 daily flights to more than 1,300 airports in 195 countries. Additional connecting flights are available through Connecting Partners Juneyao Airlines and Thai Smile Airways.

Source: Star Alliance