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Friday, November 23, 2012

Easy Star Alliance Status - No Bag Fees!

What if I told you that you could have almost instant Silver Status and easy Gold Status on all Star Alliance partners and be able to maintain that status for up to three years?  Star Alliance carriers in the US are United and US Air, but there are 25 more partners around the World.

Star Alliance Silver Status would entitle you to your first checked bag free (that saves $50 pp/RT) and gets you priority check in and boarding on both US Air and United.  In the days where everyone is bringing massive amounts of carry on luggage to avoid bag charges, having priority boarding ensures that you will get overhead luggage space on full flights.  Gold Status would also give you lounge access as well, but unfortunately may not help with upgrades.   These are great benefits for the occasional flyer.

All that's necessary is for you sign up for a little known, but highly praised Aegean Airline's Miles and Bonus Program. Both my wife and I recently signed up for their program.  When I signed up, I was given 2000 bonus miles.  It only takes 2000 more miles to become a silver member.  You're now saying to yourself, "but I'm not going to fly 2000 miles on Aegean airlines".  That's OK, you don't have to.  All you have to do is fly on a Star Alliance partner like US Air or United.  On your next flight, credit your miles to your Aegean Airlines account.  My recent trip from Philadelphia to Aruba credited 3922 miles to my Miles and Bonus account.  When I checked into my account last week it showed 5922 miles and Blue status.  Blue status is the equivalent of Star Alliance silver.  Next time I go to Aruba, I won't pay bag fees!

I now need just over 10,000 miles to have Star Alliance Gold status.  I have two years to fulfill that requirement.  The best news is I was told that my status could last up to three years! I guess that means I have to go back four more times to Aruba in the next two years.  The things we have to do... ugh!

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About The Points Doctor

The Points Doctor is Bruce J. Wilderman DDS of Artistic Expressions Dentistry.Dr. Wilderman has a practice limited to Cosmetic Dentistry, serving patients of the Philadelphia Area since 1986.He and wife of 30 years enjoy traveling the world for little or no money with the points and miles they have earned from the credit card companies. Dr. Wilderman would love to teach you how to do the same. You may reach him at

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