Fast Track to Star Alliance Silver and Gold Elite Status With Aegean Airlines

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Imagine skipping ahead of the crowd with priority check-in, taking extra baggage on your trip for no charge, and relaxing with champagne in the airport lounge.

Here’s a little known way to make this dream come true!  You can use Aegean Airlines’ frequent flyer program to get elite status on Star Alliance airlines such as United Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss, LOT Polish Airlines, and more.

Star Alliance Gold Status Aegean Airlines

Aegean Airlines Frequent Flyer Program Can Fast Track You to Star Alliance Elite Status!

Most Star Alliance airlines require at least 25,000 status-qualifying miles to earn Silver status, and at least 50,000 to earn Gold status.  For example, United Airlines requires 25,000 and 50,000 miles to earn Premier Silver and Premier Gold status (equivalent to Star Alliance Silver and Gold).

And with some airlines, including United Airlines, there’s a minimum spending requirement.

But if you credit miles flown on any Star Alliance airline to the Aegean frequent flyer program, you can reach Star Alliance elite status with a lot fewer miles.

You only need:

  • 4,000 miles to earn Aegean Blue (Star Alliance Silver) status, and
  • 20,000 miles to earn Aegean Gold (Star Alliance Gold) status

But you’ll also get 1,000 miles just for signing-up for Aegean’s frequent flyer program, which count towards the miles requirement for elite status.

And because you can credit your flights on any other Star Alliance airline to Aegean Airlines, you can get status without ever taking a single Aegean flight!  Aegean is a Greek airline, so unless you’re traveling in Europe you may never encounter them.

Why Would You Want Star Alliance Elite Status?

Link:   Star Alliance Silver and Gold Elite Status Benefits

Link:   Star Alliance Member Airlines

Once you become a Star Alliance elite, you’ll get perks whenever you travel on any Star Alliance airline, including United, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, and Thai.

Star Alliance Silver elite status gets you:

  • Priority on the waiting list if a flight is full and you want to buy a ticket
  • Priority on the waiting list if a flight is full and you’re on standby at the airport

Granted these aren’t great perks!

Some folks report getting extra benefits depending on the airline you’re flying, like a free checked bag or priority check-in.  But these are NOT guaranteed.

And some airports will let you get into the shorter security lines if you have Star Alliance Silver status!

Star Alliance Gold Status Aegean Airlines

You’ll Get Priority Waitlist as a Star Alliance Silver Elite

You get many more benefits as a Star Alliance Gold elite:

  • Priority check-in (shorter lines!)
  • Entry to airport lounges when flying on any Star Alliance airline (even if you’re flying coach class)
  • Early boarding with the First and Business class passengers
  • Extra baggage allowance (extra weight or 1 extra piece)
  • Priority baggage handling (your bags will be unloaded 1st)
  • Priority on the waiting list if a flight is full and you want to buy a ticket
  • Priority on the waiting list if a flight is full and you’re on standby at the airport
Star Alliance Gold Status Aegean Airlines

You Can Enter Lounges Like the United Club With Star Alliance Gold Elite Status

One of the best things about having Aegean Star Alliance Gold status is that you can access United Airlines lounges on domestic flights.

Normally, United restricts lounge access to only international flights (even if you have Gold status directly through United Airlines!).

Important!  You must have your Aegean frequent flyer number on your reservation to use Star Alliance elite perks at the airport.  Folks who don’t actually want to credit the miles to Aegean will check-in, get the free bag and lounge access, then change the frequent flyer number on the reservation at the gate to the airline they actually want to credit to.

Note: To find out which lounges you can access, use the Star Alliance Lounge Finder and enter your flight details and frequent flyer information.

Using Aegean Airlines to Earn Star Alliance Elite Status

1.   Sign-Up for Aegean Airlines’ Frequent Flyer Program

Link:   Aegean Airlines Miles & Bonus Frequent Flyer Program

Link:   Aegean Airlines Miles & Bonus Sign-Up Page

You can get Star Alliance Elite Status without ever flying on Aegean Airlines.  You just need to credit your flights on Star Alliance airlines to the Aegean Airlines frequent flyer program.

Star Alliance Gold Status Aegean Airlines

Enroll in the Aegean Airlines Frequent Flyer Program Online

When you enroll in the Aegean Airlines Miles & Bonus frequent flyer program, you’ll get 1,000 miles just for signing-up!

Star Alliance Gold Status Aegean Airlines

1,000 Miles Free Just for Enrolling in Aegean Miles & Bonus Frequent Flyer Program

This means you only need 3,000 more miles to achieve Aegean Blue (Star Alliance Silver) status.  And only 19,000 miles to get Aegean Gold (Star Alliance Gold) status.

2.   Crediting Star Alliance Flights to Aegean

When you fly on a paid ticket with any Star Alliance airline, you can choose to credit the miles to Aegean Airlines (or any other Star Alliance airline, for that matter).

For example, if you book a ticket on United Airlines, you can select Aegean Miles & Bonus while you’re making the booking.  You could also do this over the phone or even at the airport.

Star Alliance Gold Status Aegean Airlines

Choose Aegean Miles & Bonus When Making a Booking on Other Star Alliance Airlines

3.   Earning Aegean Blue (Star Alliance Silver) Status

I earned Aegean Blue (Star Alliance Silver) status after flying 4 short-haul flights on Star Alliance airlines.  Note that US Airways is no longer a member of Star Alliance, so their flights won’t count in the future.

You need to credit 4,000 miles total (1,000 mile sign-up bonus + 3,000 flown miles) to Aegean to achieve Blue status.

Star Alliance Gold Status Aegean Airlines

I Earned Aegean Blue (Star Alliance Silver) Status After Only 4 Short-Haul 1-Way Flights

You’ll lose Aegean Blue status and your account if you don’t fly (or credit a flight to) Aegean for 36 months.

Once you get the status, they’ll send you a Blue (of course) card in the mail!

Star Alliance Gold Status Aegean Airlines

The Aegean Blue Card Has the Star Alliance Silver Logo and Expires After ~3 Years

I don’t value Star Alliance Silver status all that highly, because you don’t get lounge access, priority check-in, or early boarding.  That said, on certain airlines you might get extra perks, so there’s no harm in having the card.

The real value of Blue is it gives you a year to earn Gold!  

4.   Earning Aegean Gold (Star Alliance Gold) Status

Once you’ve achieved Blue status, you only need to credit another 16,000 miles to earn Aegean Gold (Star Alliance Gold) status.  You must credit the miles within the 12-month period after earning Blue status.

If you don’t earn 16,000 miles in 12 months, all is not lost.  You’ll start losing miles exactly 1 year after the flight was credited to your account.  You don’t have to start back at zero!

My dad earned Aegean Gold status by flying three 1-way flights on Star Alliance airlines.  Now he’ll be able to enter Star Alliance lounges and get free bags, priority check-in, and early boarding when he flies on any Star Alliance airline.

Star Alliance Gold Status Aegean Airlines

My Dad Got Aegean Gold Status After 3 1-Way Flights

Once you have Aegean Gold Status, you can keep it forever, as long as you credit at least 1 flight to Aegean every 36 months.  I don’t know of any other frequent flyer program that allows you to earn and keep lifetime elite status so easily!

Star Alliance Gold Status Aegean Airlines

My Dad Will Have Aegean Gold Status for Life as Long as He Credits 1 Flight to Aegean Every 3 Years

5.   Spending Aegean Miles on Award Tickets

You can use the miles you collect in your Aegean frequent flyer account to book flights on Aegean and Star Alliance airlines.  You can also use Aegean miles for US Airways and Olympic Airways (neither are part of Star Alliance, but they are still Aegean partners).

Here’s a link to their award charts.  They allow 1-way award tickets, but you can only stopover for 24 hours or less.

Their award chart is about average, but there’s 1 redemption that might be interesting to some folks.  Aegean considers North America to be the Continental US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean!  So you can book a round trip ticket from the US to Mexico or the Caribbean for 25,000 miles in coach or 42,000 miles in Business Class.

That said, folks often complain that the Aegean award booking system is difficult to use.  But it might be worth crediting miles to Aegean just to get status (and maybe a 1-way Business Class ticket from the US to the Caribbean!).

Star Alliance Gold Status Aegean Airlines

You Can Use Aegean Miles for Award Tickets on Any Star Alliance Airline

6.   Another Way to Earn Aegean Miles – Hertz Car Rental

You can earn Aegean miles when you add your Aegean frequent flyer number to your Hertz car rental reservation.

Star Alliance Gold Status Aegean Airlines

Earn Aegean Miles by Crediting Hertz Car Rentals to the Aegean Frequent Flyer Program

You’ll get 350 miles for rentals of up to 2 days, and 700 miles for rentals of more than 3 days.  You’ll earn slightly more on rentals in Greece, Cyprus, and Bulgaria.  This could be a good way to increase your miles balance if you’re close to meeting Silver or Gold status.

And here’s another perk:  If you already have Aegean Gold status, you’ll get a free upgrade of your vehicle category (subject to availability) when you show your card.

7.   Drawbacks and Limitations

When crediting Star Alliance flights to Aegean Airlines, you will NOT necessarily get full credit for the miles flown.  Aegean will credit based on the fare class of your ticket.

For example, on United Airlines, you’ll get:

  • 300% credit for First Class tickets
  • 200% credit for Business Class tickets
  • 150% credit for full-fare Economy Class tickets
  • 100% credit for discount Economy Class tickets
  • 50% credit for deep-discount Economy Class tickets
  • 0% credit for some very deeply discounted Economy Class tickets
Star Alliance Gold Status Aegean Airlines

Check Your Booking Class Before Crediting Flights to Aegean

For example, United Airlines earns 150% miles for full-fare economy tickets, 100% miles for discounted economy tickets, but only 50% miles for deep-discount economy tickets.  And no miles at all for very deep-discount economy tickets!

So it would NOT make sense to credit a United Airlines flight to Aegean if it were a deeply discounted Economy Class ticket.  You would only get 50% of the the miles flown credited, or possibly none at all!

Each Star Alliance airline gets credit for fares differently.  So you should look at Aegean’s Star Alliance miles earning charts before deciding to credit a flight to Aegean.  It might not be worth it if you bought a cheap ticket.

Bottom Line

You can get Star Alliance Silver or Gold status (relatively) quickly if you join Aegean Airlines’ frequent flyer program.  Flights on any Star Alliance airline can be credited to Aegean.

You only need to credit 4,000 miles to earn Silver status, and another 16,000 to earn Gold.  Most airlines require at least 25,000 miles to even reach Silver.  So this is a very good deal!

Gold status is most valuable because it gets you lounge access, priority check-in and boarding, and other perks.

But be careful when crediting Star Alliance tickets to Aegean, because not all fare classes will credit 100% of the miles flown.

Have you taken advantage of this deal?  What experiences have you had as a Star Alliance Elite through Aegean?

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20 responses to “Fast Track to Star Alliance Silver and Gold Elite Status With Aegean Airlines

  1. “You must have your Aegean frequent flyer number on your reservation to use Star Alliance elite perks at the airport.”

    I don’t think this is true (or if it is true, it’s rarely enforced). I use my Turkish Gold Card to access UA clubs all the time when flying on a UA domestic ticket (with my UA FF#).

  2. Is there any credit card reward program that transfer to Aegean that gets elite status?

  3. Thanks for highlighting the UA credit table. I noticed Class P is not eligible, which is discounted First class I believe :)

  4. “Here’s a little known way to make this dream come true…”

    1. Not little-known now – you have probably killed this. Anyone who doesn’t think this exploit will be closed soon is a fool.
    2.. If this is your idea of a ‘dream come true’, all I can says is…you need better dreams.

  5. @Kurt, it really depends on the person in the club. Sometimes that’s good enough, sometimes not. I find the easiest thing to do is get them to change it INSIDE the club.

    @Hap, not that I know of. If there is, my guess is it’s only good if you’re from Greece. If you mileage run though, it’s SUPER easy to get *G, maybe TOO easy.

  6. beware the difference between award miles and tier miles. Only the latter helps you to get the status. I guess miles from Hertz is award miles only (just like UA dinning program).

    Also, even though Aegean still has partner relationship with US airways, the deposit from US airways now only count as award tiers but not tier ties. I have a flight departure before 4/1 and returned after 4/1. As a result of US airways’ leaving star alliance, my first flight get both award and tier miles, but the return flight only got award miles.

  7. Maybe you want to re-word your sentence about any star alliance flight can be credited to Aegean.

    Many of UA’s fares are ineligible. For example, I often fly business class. Typically for the routes I fly, UA books them in as “P” which although is business class earns ZERO miles and points. Also many typical coach fares also do not earn with Aegean.

    I agree, gold status is nice, especially as it doesn’t expire is as long as you keep your account alive every three years.

    Does Aegean allow you to purchase miles? I have some in their account, but not enough for an award (as my UA flights did not credit)

  8. I see that the Gold status earned from this way will remain valid for three years at least (and possibly lifetime), but does anyone know when the award miles expire? Does it also remain unexpired as long as I credit a flight to Miles & Bonus once every 36-month?

  9. Hertz rentals only count towards award miles, not tier

    “Miles will be accredited to each member two weeks after completion of the car rental. Miles earned count only for Award Miles (they do not count as Tier Miles).” https://rentacar.aegeanair.com/en/benefits/

  10. Are there YQ on aegean awards with aegean or its partner airlines?

    Another small benefit of Aegean: “Miles&Bonus Gold members are entitled to free upgrade of their vehicle category by simply showing their card at the pick-up point, subject to vehicle availability.”

  11. @jubjub As you say, this is no little-known, and I strongly doubt that this will kill the deal. Second, I recommend you review the old rule about “If you don’t have something nice to say…”. In the meantime, why don’t you go back to torturing small animals? Fool.

  12. So if I’m reading this correctly, unless you fly business or flexible fare each time, it’s going to cost you 32,000 miles to get gold status. Flexible fare on united often costs as much as the regular “deep-discount’ fare itself. Plus, if you get gold Aegean and you primarily fly on say…United, you’ll miss out on complementary upgrades to business class. I currently have two international flights booked in the next two months that will net me 16,000 points on United, but since they’re W, L, and S segments I would only get 8,000 points on Aegean. Considering all that, it’s not such a good deal.

  13. please note that if you have star alliance gold and are flying united economy, you are eligible for free economy plus seating.

  14. If Hertz rentals count, would credit card signups? They have a 10,000 mile bonus on their credit card.

  15. Journey4Happy

    So far, at the same United Club in IAH: first time I just gave them my Aegean # at the lounge desk and she let me through. Second time, 3 days later I had a guest and she insisted on seeing the physical Aegean Gold card. I haven’t received it yet (and don’t feel like carrying it around). I logged into Aegean.com and showed her my account; she called someone, and eventually let me through, but said “next time you’ll need the card card.” Whatever you say, lady.

    Both times I had my UA MP # on the reservation.

  16. So if I become silver on Aegean Airline and want to upgrade to economy plus seat on United flight booked with United points, is it possible?

  17. @Kurt – You will need the number on the ticket to get the free bags etc.

    @Hap – Nope.

    @ Jeremy – Yes, there are fuel surcharges.

    @helloworld – It is possible, but you’ll have to pay for it.

  18. Will the Aegean Blue status provide similar benefit as UA silver where you can change award ticket without a fee?

  19. @JW – Unfortunately, it will not. You have to have United status to get the fee reductions.

  20. The program is changing, effective 24-Nov-2014 to be more in-line with other Star Alliance airlines.

    Blue – Basic membership level
    Silver – 24k (non-Aegean / Olympic Air), 12k renewal
    Gold – 48k (non-Aegean / Olympic Air), 24k renewal

    Qualification is lower if you actually fly on Aegean or Olympic Air.

    See for details.

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