This is the second part about earning Star Alliance Gold elite qualification through Aegean Miles+Bonus for a fraction of the spend needed to earn United Mileage Plus elite or Star Alliance Gold elite through most other airline member frequent flyer programs.
Loyalty Traveler – Cheap Star Alliance Gold elite with SAS Flights (1 of 2)
SAS Scandinavian Airlines is my Aegean Gold Elite Qualification plan.
One $470 SAS Stockholm-San Francisco round trip ticket and a $106 Aegean one way ticket Sofia – Athens – Warsaw earned sufficient elite qualifying miles in Aegean Miles+Bonus to reach Silver elite for me in 2017.
- 12,000 Tier Miles + 2 Aegean/Olympic flight segments
- 24,000 Tier Miles (any Star Alliance airlines)
Membership year is date of initial qualification.
My SAS flights for Aegean Silver elite were completed July 12, 2017. I have until July 12, 2018 to earn Aegean Gold elite by earning 24,000 Tier Miles with 4 Aegean flight segments. To date, I have flown 13,000 Tier Miles with 4 Aegean flights. I need to earn 11,000 more Tier Miles by July 12, 2018.
Membership year is date of initial qualification
- 24,000 Tier Miles + 4 Aegean/Olympic flight segments
- 48,000 Tier Miles (any Star Alliance airlines)
SAS Scandinavian Airlines deep discount economy flights earn 100% flight miles as Tier Miles. Economy flights from California to Denmark, Norway or Sweden are priced from $550 to $750 round trip. Ticket prices are lower flying Scandinavia to California, starting at $450 round trip.
SAS Scandinavia Los Angeles – Copenhagen $545 round trip
LAX – Stockholm ARN – Copenhagen CPH – ARN – LAX
This $545 ticket earns 12,242 Aegean Tier Miles.
SAS Premium Economy Earns Double Tier Miles
SAS Premium Economy fares in A or P booking code earn 200% Tier Miles with 1,200 miles flight segment minimum
After a member attains Aegean Silver elite, a quick fast track to Gold elite is possible with a single SAS Premium Economy ticket earning 24,000 Tier Miles and four Aegean flights or two Premium Economy tickets earning 48,000 Tier Miles with no Aegean flights.
SAS Premium Economy ticket prices from California ($1,180 – 1,300+) tend to be several hundred dollars more than tickets from Scandinavia to California ($925).
Once a member earns initial Aegean Gold elite, requalification for Gold elite requires only 24,000 Tier Miles and can be accomplished with a single SAS Premium Economy ticket for California to Scandinavia round trip with no need to fly any Aegean flights.
SAS Premium Economy Booking Code A
LAX – Stockholm ARN – Oslo OSL – ARN – LAX
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Premium Economy A code ticket
SAS Premium Economy Oslo – LAX $964 (June 13-24).
These Premium Economy Oslo to Los Angeles tickets earn:
- OSL – ARN = 1,200 Tier Miles (240 flight miles)
- ARN – LAX = 11,042 Tier Miles (5,521 flight miles)
- LAX – ARN = 11,042 Tier Miles (5,521 flight miles)
- ARN – OSL = 1,200 Tier Miles (240 flight miles)
24,484 Tier Miles earned from a single OSL-LAX Premium Economy ticket for $964.
I completed 4 Aegean flight segments in October 2017 for $130 flying Nice – Athens – Sofia – Athens – Prague.
Once you have Aegean Gold elite, requalification at 24,000 Aegean Tier Miles can be achieved with a single California-Scandinavia Premium Economy round trip ticket priced from $950-$1,200.