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Get Your Kids Star Gold Status For $150 Each

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SAS is running a really awesome promotion this spring where kids can fly for almost free from the US to Europe.

You just need to book by January 23 and travel between February 7 and April 9. The best part is that you can take up to 8 kids with each paying adult. You’ll literally end up paying less than $50 for each round-trip child (under 11) ticket.

Scandinavia is a wonderful place and totally worth a trip or two, even in winter. My family just got back from Oslo, was in Helsinki last fall, and did Stockholm and Bergen a couple years ago. Yes, we really like it over there, and it’s an incredibly kid-friendly part of the world.

But let’s forget about the destination and focus on the miles for a bit. Is it possible to mileage run on this deal?

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Aegean’s Frequent Flyer Program Really Is Amazing!

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A couple of days ago I wrote a post asking which Star Alliance frequent flyer program I should credit my miles to. I’m on a paid business class ticket on Air Canada and South African Airways to Cape Town, which has me flying 24,000+ miles.

While I fly a fair bit on Star Alliance, it’s almost exclusively on award tickets, so I don’t actively maintain status with Star Alliance. I do presently have Star Alliance Gold status through Copa ConnectMiles, given that they were offering status matches last year. But it doesn’t seem worth requalifying for.

So for this trip the first programs I thought of were Air Canada Aeroplan, Avianca LifeMiles, and Singapore KrisFlyer, given that those are the three Star Alliance programs I tend to use most for my redemptions.

However, most people recommended I credit to Aegean Miles+Bonus.

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Aegean Apologizes After Booting Palestinians From Flight

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One of the stranger airline stories of the week came from Aegean, where a Sunday night flight from Athens to Tel Aviv was delayed after a group of passengers refused to fly with the two Palestinian passengers onboard, to the point that they refused to sit down until they were removed.

Via The Independent:

“The complainants claimed the Israeli Arab citizens could be ‘terrorists’, according to Israel Radio, and demanded to search their luggage even after they had left the aircraft, but were refused by stewards.

A spokesperson for Aegean Airlines confirmed the incident, telling The Independent a small group of passengers had ‘very vocally and persistently asked for two other Israeli passengers to be checked for security issues’.”

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Aegean Lifetime Star Alliance Gold Ending

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You’ve gotta love airline alliances and the arbitrage opportunities that exist thanks to their unique programs. For example, I was a top tier elite member with British Midland (bmi) for five years before I actually flew with them. I was actually sort of convinced they weren’t a real airline for a long time. And I’d speculate that a majority of bmi’s top tier elite members had never actually flown with them.

Since joining the Star Alliance in 2012, one of the greatest Star Alliance frequent flyer programs has been Aegean, the Greek airline with a fleet of 30 narrowbody aircraft.

For one, Aegean had extremely reasonable requirements to achieve Star Alliance Gold status to begin with. You needed just 20,000 elite qualifying miles to achieve top tier status with them, and they’d give you 1,000 elite qualifying miles just for signing up. So in reality you needed just 19,000 miles to qualify.

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