Over a year ago EVA Air announced their intentions to join the Star Alliance, though up until now no join date has been set. Just yesterday EVA Air officially announced they’ll be joining the Star Alliance as of June 18, 2013, a little less than two months from today.
This is exciting news for frequent flyers. EVA has a phenomenal fully flat business class product on much of their longhaul fleet that’s similar to the one offered by Cathay Pacific and American, so this opens up great transpacific options on both revenue and award tickets.
It’s worth keeping in mind that United has had a reciprocal agreement with EVA for years, so if you’re most interested in redeeming United miles not all that much will change.
But beyond transpacific travel this also opens up a ton of intra-Asia routes that aren’t currently served by other Star Alliance carriers.
Though I’d argue Hello Kitty fans should be most excited, as you’ll now be able to turn your US Airways miles into Hello Kitty memories that will last a lifetime:
(Tip of the hat to Dave)