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Star Alliance's 15th anniversary promotion

Monday, May 14, 2012 FRANKFURT, Germany – As the Star Alliance network celebrates its 15th Anniversary, it would like to thank its customers for 15 years of loyalty. As part of the celebrations, the Alliance is running a four week competition with fantastic prizes on offer.

Participating in the competition is simple and does not require any travel. The only prerequisites are online access to and membership in any of the Star Alliance member carrier Frequent Flyer Programmes (FFP). For those not already enrolled in one of the FFPs, this can be done as part of the registration process. Once completed, participants then begin to look for the virtual mystery plane which is hidden somewhere on the Star Alliance network. Correctly answering three questions on Star Alliance will increase the chances of better identifying the exact position of the plane. Each correct answer allows the participant to zoom in closer to the region of the Earth where the plane is located. Participants then drop a pin on the spot where they believe the plane is sitting. In order to further increase their chances of winning, participants can refer one friend to the competition and so earn the chance to drop a second pin. Once the competition has closed on June 14th, 2012, the 17 closest pin drops will each win one of the prizes on offer.

The participant whose pin was placed closest to the aircraft will receive the top prize, a VIP trip of a lifetime for a group of 15 people. The winner and 14 friends will be able to select one of 27 different festivals to visit. The package includes Business Class return tickets, accommodation at a five-star hotel and VIP treatment at the event.
The second prize is a Business Class Round the World (RTW) ticket for two. The winner can select the routing of the ticket (within the rules of the RTW fare for an itinerary of up to 39,000 miles per person) and include a stop at one of the 27 festivals on offer.

A further 15 people will win round trip tickets for two to any of the 27 festivals on offer.
The 27 festivals selected are all linked to cultural experiences and traditions of the home countries of both current and future Star Alliance member airlines:

Abu Simbel Festival (Celebrate an Egyptian King’s Birthday), Abu Simbel Temple, Egypt
Chinese New Year, Beijing, China
Chingay Parade, Singapore
Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Epidaurus Festival, Epidaurus, Greece
Ethiopian Music Festival, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Festa de São João, Porto, Portugal
Hwacheon Ice Festival, Hwacheon, South Korea
International Troy Festival, Canakkale, Turkey
Kaapse Klopse (Cape Town’s musical march), Cape Town, South Africa
Kentucky Derby, Louisville, United States
Kiruna Snow Festival, Kiruna, Sweden
Kurentovanje (The masquerade with a traditional twist), Ljubljana, Slovenia
Loy Krathong, Bangkok, Thailand
Mardi Gras, New Orleans, United States
Medellín Flower Fair, Medellín, Colombia
Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal, Canada
Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland
Nebuta Matsuri, Aomori City, Japan
Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany
Ommegang Pageant, Brussels, Belgium
Panamá Carnival, Panamá City, Panamá
Rio Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Savonlinna Opera Festival, Savonlinna, Finland
Vienna Opera Ball, Vienna, Austria
Wianki festival, Krakow, Poland
World of Wearable Art Show, Wellington, New Zealand