I'm about to get another Star FFP (besides LH Miles & More), and it seems like TG and AC have pretty good plans. With TG, I reach Gold status with 50K miles, and with AC I reach Gold status with just 35K miles (compared to LH where it takes 50K miles just to reach silver, and 150K to reach gold).
I'm currently thinking of choosing AC (as it gets me to gold the soonest), and was wondering if anyone had any inputs on the relative merits/demerits of AC vs. TG vs. LH FFP program?
The main advantage I see of the LH program is that it entitles me to 25% bonus miles when I fly LH or UA (I'm already Silver on LH), which means it's much faster to get enough miles for a free ticket.
However my priorities are:
1. Maximize lounge access so long as I fly with any Star carrier (getting me to gold the fastest, it seems like AC has the best option?)
2. Priority waitlist, upgrades, checkin etc. on any star carrier (once again getting me to gold the fastest, it seems like AC has the best option?)
3. Maximize my miles earning/spending potential (Here LH has the edge due to the 25% bonus miles so long as I fly LH or UA. LH also has the edge as I can earn LH miles flying AI).
I'm based in India, and need to travel often to Europe & the US, typically with the "cheapest" carrier.