A couple of days ago I shared that it appeared Aegean Airlines Gold status would no longer be for life.
The full details are out, and I — and many others — are about to get one last year of Star Alliance Gold status.
This is a big deal because it was the easiest Star Alliance Gold status to achieve — just 20,000 miles one-time and you had Star Gold for life. That meant priority services, checked bags, and lounge access when flying United (or other Star Alliance airlines).
Of course, for life meant either the life of the airline or until they decided to change the rules.
Seeing this policy change was sad for me indeed, I do have an Aegean Gold card as do many readers.
Now it’s confirmed that how status is being earned will change, and so will the entire program, effective November 24.
Here’s the full details.
- Mileage earning on Aegean’s international flights will change, but earning on Star Alliance airlines will not.
- The price of awards for travel on Aegean international flights will change to a unique system — the price in miles will be 8, 10, or 15 times the distance flown. Star Alliance awards won’t change.
- New status qualification rules, and new rules for retaining status.
- Introducing family mileage pooling — combine redeemable (not elite qualifying miles) from up to 6 people into a single account.
- Introducing discounts for redeeming on certain routes, and the ability to purchase elite qualifying miles.
The good news? Current Golds won’t lose their status right away. When the new program comes into place in two months:
Current Gold members will be automatically transferred to the Gold Tier, regardless of their past flight activity.
So it sounds like we all get another year.