- Apr 6, 2015
It was recently reported that Deutsche Bahn, stemming from its partnership with Lufthansa, will be joining the Star "Multi-Modal" Alliance (same alliance as UA/LH/TK/SG and others). If Amtrak were to join, I think many air travelers would be incentivized to take the train and that an alliance would strengthen the AGR program, as it would eventually be able to offer points-earning opportunities to its ridership when they travel on other alliance members. Air carriers would be able to book their passengers on the Acela and other trains using codeshare agreements instead of flying them to certain places. However, Amtrak's agreement with UA (both codeshare and reciprocal frequent flyer agreement) went away a number of years ago. Does anyone know what factors figured into the decision to end it? I see nothing but positives for Deutsche Bahn and its ridership in joining Star and don't see any issues in Amtrak doing the same, save for a few upgrades to its technology that it might have to implement to service connecting airline passengers.