I posted yesterday about Aegean Airlines joining the Star Alliance and having the lowest qualification tier for Star Alliance Gold status. Something I overlooked as a frequent flyer, however, is their Star Alliance Silver status. It can be earned for only 4,000 status miles per year (and 3,000 the first year, since they offer 1,000 status miles just for signing up). So if you’re not a very frequent flyer or have a friend or family member that does just a roundtrip transcon a year, this might be the program for them. As a Star Alliance Silver member they’ll get free checked bags when flying Continental, United, and US Airways, as well as priority boarding on many airlines.
That’s tough to beat for only 4,000 status miles!