It’s Now Harder to Earn & Keep Aegean Gold Status for Free Lounge Access

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You used to be able to fast track to Star Alliance Silver and Gold status by crediting miles to Aegean Airlines, but no longer.

It's Now Harder To Earn And Keep Aegean Gold Status For Free Lounge Access

You Can No Longer Fast Track to Star Alliance Elite Status With Aegean Airlines

That’s because on November 24, 2014, Aegean Airlines made changes to their frequent flyer program, which I’ll explain below.

Star Alliance Elite Status

Link:   Star Alliance Silver and Gold Elite Status Benefits

Link:   Star Alliance Member Airlines

If you have Star Alliance elite status, you can use your elite status perks (priority check-in, extra baggage allowance, and free lounge access for Gold elite members) when you fly on ANY Star Alliance airline, such as United Airlines and Lufthansa.

And sometimes you could use your Aegean elite status to skip airport security lines.

But the best part of Aegean Star Alliance Gold elite status is that you get free access to the United Airlines lounges on domestic flights!

Access to the United Club is only granted to paid United Club members or Star Alliance Gold members (not including United Airlines Gold, Platinum or 1K members), unless you’re flying internationally.  So this is a great benefit of Aegean Gold elite status!

It's Now Harder To Earn And Keep Aegean Gold Status For Free Lounge Access

Aegean Gold Elite Status Gets You Into the United Club

But Aegean elite status is now harder to get.

Changes to Aegean Airlines Frequent Flyer Program

Link:   Aegean Airlines Miles & Bonus frequent flyer program

Link:   Aegean Airlines Miles & bonus sign-up page

You used to be able to get Aegean Silver and Gold elite status without flying on Aegean Airlines, by crediting your Star Alliance flights to Aegean Airlines.  But now you have to fly more!

Aegean Silver Elite Status

Previously, you got Aegean Silver status after 4,000 miles.  This meant a round-trip United Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York got you Aegean Silver status in many cases.  

From November 24, 2014, to get Aegean Silver status, you have to fly 12,000 miles within 12 months and 2 of those flights have to be on Aegean or Olympic Air.  Or you have to fly 24,000 miles (on any Star Alliance airline).

And if you already have Aegean Silver status, to keep it you’ll have to fly 8,000 miles within 12 months and 2 of those flights have to be on Aegean or Olympic Air.  Or you’ll have to fly 16,000 miles (on any Star Alliance airline).

For some folks keeping Aegean Silver elite status wouldn’t be worth it because you have to fly much more than you used to.  And you’re crediting more miles to Aegean instead of United Airlines just to get a free checked bag.

Aegean Gold Elite Status

The changes to Aegean Gold elite status aren’t as dramatic as the Aegean Silver elite status changes.

Aegean Gold status was earned after 20,000 miles.  So you could fly 5X from Los Angeles to New York on United Airlines and get Aegean Gold status.

But beginning November 24, 2014, you have to fly 24,000 miles within 12 months (4 flights have to be on Aegean or Olympic Air) or 48,000 miles (on any Star Alliance airline) to earn Aegean Gold status.

For folks who already have Aegean Gold status, to keep it you’ll have to fly 12,000 miles within 12 months (4 flights have to be on Aegean or Olympic Air) or fly 24,000 miles (on any Star Alliance airline).

If you don’t do a lot of international travel, it might be cheaper to get the United Club card which gives you lounge access to United Clubs.

Bottom Line

You have to fly more to earn (and keep) Aegean Silver and Gold elite status starting November 24, 2014.

The best perk of Aegean Gold elite status is access to the United Club on domestic flights and Star Alliance Gold lounges internationally.

But you now have to fly 8,000 miles within 12 months (2 on Aegean or Olympic Air) or 16,000 miles (on any Star Alliance airline) to keep Aegean Silver elite status.  This is a 4X increase of the miles previously required to retain your Aegean Silver elite status.

To keep Aegean Gold elite status, you have to fly 12,000 miles within 12 months (4 on Aegean or Olympic Air) or 24,000 miles (on any Star Alliance airline).

Now that it’s harder to maintain Aegean Silver or Gold elite status, do you think it’s worth keeping?

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6 responses to “It’s Now Harder to Earn & Keep Aegean Gold Status for Free Lounge Access

  1. Is this per calendar year, or a rolling 12-month window? I was just in Athens for the marathon in November, and flew 2 A3 flights (TXL-ATH and ATH-IST), so I’d have that requirement out of the way and could credit other *A flights to A3. But if it’s on a calendar year basis, then that’s going to reset in 3 weeks and I can’t hope to meet the full qualification requirements in that time regardless.

  2. Scott: In most parts of the terms & conditions, they refer to 12 consecutive months. Their terms are very confusing to me, though, because they base upgrading to gold based on what’s happened since you became silver.

    “The Siler [sic] Member that accumulates 24,000 Tier Miles, including at least 4 flights with AEGEAN and/or Olympic Air, or a total of 48,000 miles regardless of airline, within twelve consecutive (12) months from the last tier upgrade/retain , will be upgraded to GOLD tier.”

    https://en.aegeanair.com/milesandbonus/about-the-program/terms-conditions/

  3. @Scott it is 12 months from the program change, so you need to work for the miles before November 24, 2015. On the plus side, Gold members received 4 business class upgrades on Aegean/Olympic flights (perfect if you fly to Europe and knock out the 4 Aegean segments to lower the qualifying point) as well as introducing Together accounts. This lets you bring in 5 people to accrue award miles in a single account for redemption. They also have Happy miles, award trips with up to a 30% reduction in miles required and Golds receive two discounts for a 50% off companion ticket. All in all, if you do any travel in Europe at all, they really made things more attractive for existing Gold members (in an attempt to keep them). On the flip side, if you do not have high status with United, you will be better off crediting your Star flights to Aegean than United for award miles. Yes, they only give 50% earning on the cheapest United tickets, but that is on par or better with United’s earning – plus the pooling of miles!

  4. One addition – their FF program now has household accounts, which is one of the best changes that could have been made for folks who don’t fly as much individually but fly as a family. This is the same as BA household accounts, so you can pool your points together (status is still individual)

  5. Thank you to @Andrew T, @Charlier & @Naveen. Wow, this one IS complicated, isn’t it? Yes, those T&C’s get confusing, but at least the bit about the 1-year date from the program change makes clear sense and will be somewhat memorable for me. I’ll have to look into the household account, but I’m the only person in my immediate family who does any significant travel, or any at all overseas. But I may figure out an angle on that one if there’s no requirement for the same last name. Oh, what tangled webs LOL….

  6. I’m a bit confused about the requirement to keep the Gold status. Say I earn the gold status after November 2014 (by flying 24,000 miles within 12 months 4 of which being Aegean or Olympic Air, or 48,000 miles (on any Star Alliance airline). Does that gold status still last for “lifetime” as long as I keep my account active every 36 months? Or does it mean I need to fly 12,000 miles (2 of which being Aegean or Olympic) EVERY year?

    If it means people now need to re-qualify every year, that’s really bad news.