How to get Star Alliance Gold status faster?

How to get Star Alliance Gold status faster?

How to get Star Alliance Gold

Being a frequent traveler with a frequent flyer blog, and Miles & More frequent traveller status for longer than 5 years, I never got to the Gold card - even though this year, I flew 122 flight segments with them.

In short, to get faster to Gold FTL within Staralliance, use Miles+Bonus, which is the best airline miles program (Aegean / Air Olympic). You will need about 18 economy flights to become a silver FTL, and another 36 economy flights to become a Gold FTL. You'll get twice as much miles for the same flights booking by using a Miles+Bonus card than with a Miles&More card (Lufthansa / SWISS airlines / Austrian airlines / LOT Polish Airlines ), and, with the later, you'll need 30 economy flights to get to silver FTL, and about 180 flights to get to gold FTL.

With Miles and More, you get to Star Alliance Silver status with 35 000 miles earned in a year (or with 30 flight segments).

How to get Star Alliance Gold from Silver

With Miles+Bonus, you get to Silver FTL status with 12 000 miles earned in a year (if it includes 2 Aegean flights, otherwise 24 000 miles).

With Miles&More, you upgrade from Silver to Gold FTL status with 100 000 miles earned in a year.

With Miles+Bonus, you upgrade from Silver to Aegean Gold status with 24 000 miles earned in a year (if it includes 4 Aegean flights, otherwise 48 000 miles).

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In the earlier times, it was possible to get Gold FTL with Miles and More with 120 flight segments a year - this is not possible anymore, as I discovered in 2016 in my frequent traveler blog.

To get to Silver FTL with Miles+Bonus, all what was needed was to collected 12 000 miles (including some Aegean flights), which I did through only 18 flights segments - where Miles&More would have required 30 flights and 35 000 miles for the same result.

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To get Aegean Star Alliance Gold status with Miles+Bonus, I still need about twice what I did to get silver FTL, which means about 36 flights for 24 000 miles... whereas with Miles&More, even 122 flights for 67 000 miles weren't enough to grab the Gold FTL card!

Not only Miles+Bonus requires less mileage to reach Silver FTL or Gold FTL, it also offers more mileage for the same flights - about twice as more as per below calculation of my frequent flyer website.

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Frequent flyer miles comparison

Activity / Partner code / Flight no. / Booking classFlightClassMiles & MoreMiles+Bonus
Geneva GVA - Athens ATHA3821Economy Class, Q7501077
Athens ATH - Larnaca LCAA3910Economy Class, Q750800
Athens ATH - Geneva GVALX1823Economy Class, U750808
Paris Charles de Gaulle CDG - Athens ATHA3613Economy Class, K1251306
Athens ATH - Frankfurt am Main FRALH1283Business Class, P750847
Frankfurt am Main FRA - Athens ATHLH1284Economy Class, L1251129
Athens ATH - London Heathrow LHRA3600Economy Class, S1251495
Rhodes RHO - Athens ATHA3201Economy Class, S125500
Athens ATH - Rhodes RHOA3218Economy Class, T125200
Milano Malpensa MXP - Athens ATHA3665Economy Class, T125692
Athens ATH - Frankfurt am Main FRALH1283Economy Class, Q7501129
Frankfurt am Main FRA - Athens ATHLH1284Economy Class, V7501129
Athens ATH - Zürich ZRHLX1839Economy Class, S5001019
Munich MUC - Athens ATHA3803Economy Class, L750944
Athens ATH - Munich MUCA3802Economy Class, B12501180
Zürich ZRH - Athens ATHLX1842Economy Class, H7501274
TOTAL850015529

Chart below shows mileage received from Miles&More (total of 8500 Miles&More miles for these 16 flights), and how much mileage it would have earned if used with a Miles+Bonus frequent flyer card (total of 15529 Miles+Bonus miles for these 16 flights), as per the Aegean Miles Calculator :

Activity / Partner code / Flight no. / Booking classFlightClassMiles & MoreMiles+Bonus
Geneva GVA - Athens ATHA3821Economy Class, Q7501077
Athens ATH - Larnaca LCAA3910Economy Class, Q750800
Athens ATH - Geneva GVALX1823Economy Class, U750808
Paris Charles de Gaulle CDG - Athens ATHA3613Economy Class, K1251306
Athens ATH - Frankfurt am Main FRALH1283Business Class, P750847
Frankfurt am Main FRA - Athens ATHLH1284Economy Class, L1251129
Athens ATH - London Heathrow LHRA3600Economy Class, S1251495
Rhodes RHO - Athens ATHA3201Economy Class, S125500
Athens ATH - Rhodes RHOA3218Economy Class, T125200
Milano Malpensa MXP - Athens ATHA3665Economy Class, T125692
Athens ATH - Frankfurt am Main FRALH1283Economy Class, Q7501129
Frankfurt am Main FRA - Athens ATHLH1284Economy Class, V7501129
Athens ATH - Zürich ZRHLX1839Economy Class, S5001019
Munich MUC - Athens ATHA3803Economy Class, L750944
Athens ATH - Munich MUCA3802Economy Class, B12501180
Zürich ZRH - Athens ATHLX1842Economy Class, H7501274
TOTAL850015529

Aegan airline is the best of the Star Alliance members for its Aegean Miles+Bonus frequent flyer miles program. It also offers credit cards with airline miles, unfortunately only for Greek and Cypriot residents.

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Star Alliance Gold benefits

Star Alliance Gold benefits and also business class flights what do you get, what is Star Alliance Gold :

  • Frequent traveller lounge access, which includes Miles&More lounge, Lufthansa frequent traveller lounge, Miles&More business lounge, Miles&More frequent traveller lounge, lounge Miles&More, all with open bar and complimentary food, drinks, newspaper, wifi, and comfortable seating,

  • Priority boarding before economy class,

  • Extra frequent flyer points or airline points, this is how to get how to get frequent flyer points faster,

  • Priority Aegean airlines check in, not with the Aegean online check in, but with the Aegean air check in at the airport with a specific desk,

  • Using miles for flights with the Star Alliance miles program, by using Star Alliance miles - this is how to fly for free as frequent flyer.

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Best program for faster Star Alliance Gold status

Therefore, consider Aegean airlines miles program Miles+Bonus program to get fast Frequent Flyer Silver status with all Star Alliance airlines. You will then collect miles with all Aegean flights, but also Miles&More Swiss, Lufthansa Miles, LOT Star Alliance, both in economy class flight and Star Alliance business class, and reach faster Silver Frequent Traveller and Star Alliance Gold status, which is when you will get the Star Alliance Gold membership card.

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Frequent Traveller Silver status, Star Alliance Gold status and HON status are the status in Star Alliance members hip program.

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How to get a Star Alliance membership card

This is pretty easy, simply register on one of the Star Alliance partner for a membership card, the choice is yours - but remember, the easiest way to get to Star Alliance Gold is to get the Aegean Airlines Gold status.

Take care though, the Olympic Air flights, an Aegean subsidiary, might not always credit you some Star Alliance miles.

The Lufthansa frequent traveller status, with its Lufthansa Silver card, is also interesting and relatively easy to reach, but takes nearly the same flights as reaching Miles+More Gold status with Aegean.

The Lufthansa Star Alliance Gold is unfortunately nearly impossible to reach without taking intercontinental business class flights.

Miles And More Gold status

To reach the status faster and get the Star Alliance Gold card, if you are not able to fly enough, we recommend you trying to earn miles with some of the partners.

What about trying out some of these ideas, including Star Alliance hotel partners, which will all get you some miles when using the right partner ?

Star Alliance flights

How to access the Lufthansa business class lounge Frankfurt ? Once you’ll become a Star Alliance Gold member, you will have access to the Lufthansa business class lounge Frankfurt , and all business class lounges from the Star Alliance network, every time you are flying with a Star Alliance partner airline. It will also include access to the Lufthansa welcome lounge Frankfurt , when landing early in Frankfurt from an intercontinental flight. This is part of the Lufthansa frequent traveller benefits at the Gold level status – the silver status will only let you access lounges such as the Lufthansa business class lounge Frankfurt or the Lufthansa welcome lounge Frankfurt when flying with Lufthansa.

For example, to access the TAP Portugal Star Alliance lounge, all you have to do is to become Gold member with one of the Star Alliance partner airlines, and to fly with any of them from an airport in Portugal.

How to calculate miles, is there a Star Alliance miles calculator ? There is no Star Alliance miles calculator , as the amount of miles earn per flight depends on the company you are flying with, and also the membership partner airlines you are using to accumulate miles. The best way to calculate miles for a flight is to check the corresponding miles calculator of the frequent traveller program you are using. You can find all links on the Star Alliance miles calculator links page.

How to become a Star Alliance member ? To become a Star Alliance member, register to any of the Star Alliance members frequent traveller program, and use your registration number to accumulate miles any time you are flying with any Star Alliance partner airline. See the list of Star Alliance members above, and register to the one most convenient for you.

Star Alliance miles calculator links to partner frequent traveller programs
Lufthansa frequent traveller benefits compared
Lufthansa business class lounge Frankfurt
Lufthansa welcome lounge Frankfurt
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How to become a Star Alliance member

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