POST GreenScot DATE April 27, 09:55
I have just achieved Oneworld Emerald status in three months through the joys of BA back and forth to Singapore and now have about 20 months to “enjoy” BA Gold. So my request is for your collective wisdom on whether I stick with Oneworld and work out what the perks are, or chase for Star Alliance Gold where I hold no status. I would really only be doing that to achieve lounge access with Star Alliance when I am short haul and not in a premium cabin.
capetonianm April 27, 10:04
I think it largely depends on if you are paying for your tickets, or if they are paid by employer/clients. If it’s the former, I would suggest that chasing any form of status is pointless, particularly if all you want is lounge access, which you can buy under various options. I had Senator status on Lufthansa/ Star Alliance when my tickets were paid for by a third party, and the only real benefit I enjoyed was the 40kg baggage allowance. I have long held the view that FF programmes are a scam devised by the airlines to lock you into flying with one particular carrier or alliance. Ditching them is liberating.
esselle April 27, 10:15
I think it will also be driven by where you are flying. Star probably nudges it if most of your travel is going to be in Europe, but OW takes it if you are going Middle East/Asia.
rferguson April 27, 11:03
Why not try for a status match with a Star carrier? Not sure if they are offering them currently, but I achieved a Oneworld Emerald to Star Gold status match via Avianca recently.
ASEANTraveller April 27, 13:17
The simplest way is to get a status match, as rferguson suggests. If you want to earn Gold through flying, then I would recommend Aegean Airlines (don’t laugh). They have one of the lowest thresholds to reaching Gold (even though they have been increasing them over the years), which if planned properly can be reached with three return long-haul flights. Thai Airways is the sweet spot for earning miles on Aegean, giving you 200 per cent of miles flown in J class (most other carriers only give you 125 per cent or so). So if you are still doing the regular commute to Singapore, try doing it with Thai (via BKK), and you should be well on your way to Gold. The other benefit of Aegean is that once you are Gold, you only need 24K miles to renew Gold (without ever setting foot on an Aegean aeroplane), which can be achieved by just one return long-haul Thai flight in J class. Safe travels!