Aegean Gold Changes Are Coming And They Won’t Be Pretty

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Update: Here are the changes and they’re not pretty indeed.

In short:
-The new program starts 11/24/14.

-If you currently have Aegean Gold you’ll need to fly 12K miles+4 Aegean flights or 24,000 miles without Aegean flights between 11/24/14-11/23/15 to keep your status.  And you’ll have to keep doing that every 12 months thereafter.
If you don’t do that you will be downgraded to Silver on 11/24/15. You’ll then have a year as Silver to either keep that level, move up to Gold, or fall down to blue status.
-If you have a Gold card with a 2016 or 2017 expiration date the jury is out as to whether you’ll be able to get Star Gold benefits like lounge access when showing the card to another airline.
-There’s little value to be had in the new program if you won’t be flying Aegean.

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Originally posted on 09/22:

DDF member SPLP hails from Greece and let DDF readers know last week that Greek airline Aegean will be severely downgrading their elite program.

Aegean purchased fellow Greek airline Olympic Air last year, and proves once again that mergers are never good for consumers.

For the last several years the Aegean program has been an easy way to get Star Alliance gold status.

Once you flew 20,000 miles and got gold status, the terms and conditions stated it wouldn’t expire as long as you took one Star Alliance flight every 3 years.  Plus Aegean Star Alliance gold status got you and a guest free access to domestic United lounges, something that even top-tier United status does not do.

But the Aegean and Olympic programs are being combined and their terms will be changing. From now on you will need to re-qualify for gold status every year. I called Aegean (+302106261000) up a few times (thanks Google) and all the reps confirm that major changes are coming though they are coy about what exactly they are.

Some people have Aegean gold cards that expire in 2016 or 2017 but they wouldn’t say what will happen to them or if the status will end sooner than that. They just say that emails will go out next month detailing the changes. But one rep confirmed that from now on you’ll need either 4 Aegean/Olympic flights+12,000 miles or 24,000 miles per year to earn gold status.

As discounted economy fares on airlines like United only earn half credit in the Aegean program, it effectively kills the program for most. Though United first class fares do get triple miles in the Aegean program, so perhaps there will be some use for some folks.  United domestic first class does not give lounge access, but flying it with Aegean Gold does of course.

I’ll make an update to this post when the full details come out.

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LarryInNYC

Feh. I will take my qualifying flight this weekend.

sb

R.I.P.

Eric

Figures right AFTER i qualified earlier this month…

Ejb

Qualifying flight is in 2 weeks. Hope it lasts till 2017

it'smeagain

Couldn’t be happier! !!! Scum of the earth cheap elite status chasers beware your end is near. So happy, makes my day just that much better.

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FT

Well, it was gonna happen, hogs get slaughtered… It survived a decent time even in Public, but when everyone has the card and never even credits flights to then, just use it for free domestic lounge access…
You can tell the numbers don’t add up.

missed the band wagon?!

@It’s me again

BB

@Eric and anyone else with Aegean Gold — you should be immediately be applying to Turkish Airlines to match your Gold status. At a minimum that would allow you to keep Star Alliance Gold status for 2 years. Plus, with Turkish if you don’t maintain the gold after 2 years, they downgrade you to Silver for another 2 years.

Details on matching to Turkish:

http://www.statusmatcher.com/company/21446

TJ

4 flights on Aegean aren’t so bad. The airline has cheap tickets even in summer for many island-island hops. I think that is doable…

Jacob

Right now iam sitting in copa’s lounge with the star gold from aegean thank you Dan

neofan

Great, this is long overdue, all those *G leeches, sponges, cheaters, poachers, and bottom feeders will run away from this program like plague.

Perhaps it’s time for TK to stop status match to weed out those transient A3 plagues.

FT

8K for Silver, 20K for Gold
http://www.newmilesandbonus.com/en

Happy Thanksgiving

RIP, wishing everyone a happy new year with bearable devaluations..

Netzih

If I qualify in October (by getting 20k). Will my card still have expiration in 2017?

Anonymous

Tichle shono vedevaluetion…

Eric

So is it best to match to TK now, or wait until next year to get extended access???

Mendel

Which other program allows gold requalification at 24k?

Ben

Taking my qualifying flight on Nov. 14th. Think that I will at least get one year of gold?

ed

@TJ United miles are losing earning value in March and have to go somewhere, but no reason to fly 48k miles for Aegean. Yeah, you could fly 24k on UA + 4 Aegean flights, but that’s still dumb. About the only thing thinkable besides the 3x F, would be a sweet segment run of 500-miles per leg. I’d consider flying three 2-leg roundtrips, if it was cheap enough. Pretty hard to imagine it though. Hope this actually last through Nov 2015, a little skeptical.

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