Eirules
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Cheapest / Easiest Way To Earn Elite Status

Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:57 pm

Hi all

I am currently BA silver but was wondering about the following question. If I was never to have flown before and wanted to earn elite status with any of the 3 alliances (ie Star Gold, Oneworld Emerald etc), which airline would be the easiest to get it with and what kind of price would the required flights be (for example, LHR-HKG in Business be enough to earn Emerald on CX but not BA and how much is the current market price??) My hometown airport is DUB!
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hoons90
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RE: Cheapest / Easiest Way To Earn Elite Status

Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:32 pm

Aegean Airlines gets you Star Alliance Silver for 4,000 miles and Star Alliance Gold for 20,000 miles.
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RE: Cheapest / Easiest Way To Earn Elite Status

Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:18 pm

I used to have elite status on Aeroplan with Air Canada. Their Gold Status kicked in at 35k miles. This was two or three years ago, so I am not sure if it is still the case. Furthermore, it was possible to opt for 2-3k status miles at the beginning of each year (instead of upgrade certificates etc), so in reality if you had elite status during the previous year you could actually get to Gold with about 32k flight miles. These days I rarely fly AC so I had to switch programs. Like many other airlines now you have to fly a certain number of miles with them (10k I think) to achieve any status, regardless of the number of miles you fly with other carriers in the same alliance, Star in my case. I'm now on Mileage Plus with UA. However, since I'm based out of SIN, virtually every other trip beyond Asia bumps up my status level.

As for ticket prices, AC is quite expensive as airlines go, partly due to Canadian airport taxes. However, I always thought their service was quite good. I'm actually flying to Vancouver in a few weeks and UA was definitely the cheaper option (versus SQ or UA connecting to AC).

For flights to secondary cities in Europe on a Star Alliance carrier, I quite like TK. They tend to have very good deals, and their lounge in IST is great. However, I have no idea what their FF program is like. If I was flying DUB-HKG I would certainly look at them.
 
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RE: Cheapest / Easiest Way To Earn Elite Status

Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:25 pm

Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 1):

According to Aegean's website, they no longer offer silver status. It's now 4,000 miles to get blue status and 16,000 for gold.

Edited; ignore post - just realised that Aegean blue is Star Alliance silver!

[Edited 2013-02-01 11:36:07]
 
Eirules
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RE: Cheapest / Easiest Way To Earn Elite Status

Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:36 pm

Ok so it seems Aegean are the best bet for Star gold but what about OneWorld or Skyteam?
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RE: Cheapest / Easiest Way To Earn Elite Status

Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:30 pm

American Airlines has a challenge program. You can pay money and do a 3 month challenge to get quickly to elite. I believe it is about $200. You then do 5,000 miles in 3 months for Gold or 10,000 miles for Platinum. One international trip can get you platinum, and it's a soft landing to gold so you can spend $200 or so dollars and get status for 2 years.
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hoons90
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RE: Cheapest / Easiest Way To Earn Elite Status

Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:45 pm

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 5):
American Airlines has a challenge program. You can pay money and do a 3 month challenge to get quickly to elite. I believe it is about $200. You then do 5,000 miles in 3 months for Gold or 10,000 miles for Platinum. One international trip can get you platinum, and it's a soft landing to gold so you can spend $200 or so dollars and get status for 2 years.

Beware though, the requirements for the challenge are in points and not miles, which are two different things.

Quite a lot of the discounted fares found on the web are in the N fare class. That fare class only earns 0.5 elite qualifying points per mile flown.
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RE: Cheapest / Easiest Way To Earn Elite Status

Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:44 am

Realistically?

Get a job that requires lots of travel. That's the fastest and cheapest way.

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