Aug052017

Aegean Silver elite and 17,000 miles to Star Alliance Gold

Around one year ago, as American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum, I made the decision to move part of my flights in 2017 from Oneworld to Star Alliance. Since I am a low fare economy class flyer typically flying four to six trips California to Europe each year, my objective was finding a Star Alliance program where I would be able to qualify for Star Alliance Gold with those cheap flights.

Aegean Miles + Bonus seemed to be a good fit with my travel. Earning Silver elite requires 24,000 Aegean Tier Miles on Star Alliance airlines in a 12-month period or fly 2 Aegean/Olympic flight segments and you only need 12,000 Aegean Tier Miles on Star Alliance carriers.

Upon earning Aegean Silver elite, members have 12 months to fly 24,000 Aegean Tier Miles on Star Alliance airlines + 4 Aegean/Olympic flight segments or fly 48,000 Aegean Tier Miles without any Aegean flight requirements.

I earned Aegean Miles + Bonus Silver Elite status August 1, 2017

I qualified for Aegean Miles + Bonus Silver elite last week.

Aegean Silver elite flights

United London LHR – SFO on August 1 put me over the 12,000 Tier Miles Silver elite qualification threshold. I flew 2 flight segments on Aegean with a $106.20 ticket Sofia, Bulgaria – Athens, Greece – Warsaw, Poland in February 2017.

United economy K class, the most common discount economy fare ticket for USA-Europe flights, earns 50% Aegean Tier Miles based on flight miles. London LHR – San Francisco SFO earned 2,679 Tier Miles. I was only 1,415 shy of 12,000 Tier Miles for Silver elite.

A positive outcome of the United flight posting is seeing the 1,264 Tier Miles over the Silver elite qualification level were applied to my Gold Elite qualification level and Silver elite renewal for Star Alliance flights by August 1, 2018.

22,736 Tier Miles to Aegean Miles + Bonus and Star Alliance Gold

Currently, I need 22,736 Aegean Tier Miles by August 2018 for Star Alliance Gold. I have already completed two SAS flights for 6,073 Aegean Tier Miles with San Francisco – Copenhagen – Stockholm flights I made last month flying to Europe. Somehow these flights were not processed by SAS or Aegean, even though my Aegean frequent flyer number was included on the booking. I need to make a phone call to get them properly credited.

22,736 – 6,073 = 16,663 Aegean Tier Miles + 4 Aegean Flight segments to qualify for Star Alliance Gold.

One of the reasons I chose Aegean Miles + Bonus is all economy booking codes in SAS earn 100% Tier Miles for flight miles. Cheap Norwegian flights between Oakland and Scandinavia has me frequently transiting through Copenhagen and Stockholm. I use Norwegian as a positioning flight to Europe, where round trip tickets from ARN, CPH, OSL are regularly under $500 to San Francisco on SAS.

Four Aegean flight segments will likely cost around $200 or less.

Aegean Airlines London LHR – ATH Athens, Greece

61.05 GBP = $79.60 USD one way Sat Oct 7

1,511 Aegean Tier Miles.

LHR-ATH $80 A3 Oct7

London to Athens is a simple one-segment flight for $80 one way. Google Flights is not currently pricing 2-segment flights automatically for a ticket like London – Milan via Athens. Past searches show me there are many opportunities to fly a two segment across Europe for under $100 and pick up 2,000 to 3,000 Aegean tier miles. Of course, I can always fly within Greece for four flight segments, if I want to visit some Aegean Sea islands.

Basically, I see myself as being one SAS round trip ticket from Gold elite with 12,000+ Tier miles and four intra-Europe Aegean flights for about 3,000 to 4,000 miles and another Star Alliance flight to put me over the Gold elite qualifying Tier Miles. Short-haul SAS flights earn minimum 600 Tier Miles.

Next Trip Nice, France

Nice, France is the primary destination for my next trip to Europe in late September or October. I have not ticketed any flights yet. Over the next month I will track fares seeking a good deal with SAS to Scandinavia or SAS round trip to SFO from Scandinavia.

Norwegian Airlines Oakland to London is currently $140 one way in October and looks like a good positioning flight. Aegean flies Athens to Stockholm and Copenhagen.

I don’t know that I will get four Aegean flight segments on my next Europe trip. It might be February to April 2018 before I make those flights to reach Aegean and Star Alliance Gold elite.

No hurry for me. I have a winter trip planned with Oneworld through London LHR and I still hold American AAdvantage Platinum elite for 2017. I will probably do a status match with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan for 2018 to go along with my Star Alliance elite status.

Star Alliance Gold Elite for United Basic Economy Flights

One of the useful benefits of Aegean Gold elite and Star Alliance Gold is one free full-size carry on bag and one free checked bag when flying United Airlines Basic Economy fares in the USA.

Related Aegean posts:

My Aegean Miles+Bonus Blue Card arrived (March 15, 2017).

Trip Report Aegean Airlines Gold elite status progress (March 1, 2017).

Building my Aegean elite status 9 day mystery trip (Jan 7, 2017).

Perhaps go for both Turkish and Aegean Gold elite in 2017 (Oct 25, 2016).

SAS vs. Aegean frequent flyer programs for USA flyers (Aug 30, 2016).

SAS + Aegean $625 LAX to Denmark + Greece, Star Gold elite with three round trips (Aug 26, 2016).

 

 

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Congrats! As far as SAS, I had that same problem last year and those miles still have not posted. I didn’t keep pursuing it since it was not a lot but will be eager to see what happens with your situation!

  2. Hi Ric-

    Angelina’s dad here. I am in a similar situation. I need 1753 Aegean miles and 3 segments by Aug 31 to requalify for Aegean Gold. ..So this old guy, is doing a mileage run.

    I took advantage of the current Amex 40% transfer bonus to BA .

    Flying AB JFK- DUS with bonus transfer 16000 ba and $5.60

    On 8.31.17 I am flying DUS -ATH ATH-SKG SKG-CFU at a cost of $160 or so..This Itinerary should qualify me for AEGEAN gold for next year…3 segment and about 4500 miles.

    I spend one night and 22 hours in Corfu,

    Fly back CFU- ATH ATH- RHO RHO- DUS ( 3 segments for 2019) $180

    I found a cheap fare CPH- BOS and jet blue flight to ewr and returning in Apr EWR- CPH

    BTW, i used your choice hotel recommendation in Copenhagen. Thanks for the trip reports.

    Have Fun, and keep traveling

    The dad

  3. congrats. do a ARN to AKL on SQ in premium economy with a stoover in singapore. its only 16000 sek. that should put you on gold

  4. @felicia – 16,000 SEK is nearly $2,000 USD. That is what I typically pay for 4 or 5 of my 5 or 6 tickets to Europe for a year. My airline flight style is cheap economy tickets and more trips, rather than comfort. I never could sleep much on a plane, even in business or first class lie-flat seats. I watch movies and sit upright for 12 hours without much difficulty on long haul flights.

    @Joe – I see LAX to Malaga, Spain AGP for under $600 in October with SAS. Still looking for a low fare from San Francisco. I’ll give it another month.

    Still trying to decide when to fly back to Europe, Feb-Mar or April, if I buy a SAS ticket starting in Scandinavia to SFO.

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