Fly round-the-world in Star Alliance Business Class from $5495 & earn Gold status in one trip

Some of the cheapest ways of earning Star Alliance Gold status in one trip available now

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POSTED: January 27, 2017
UPDATED: October 18, 2018
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This deal made exclusively available to Point Hacks readers by our in-house travel agent Luke Vaughan allows you to visit up to four continents and earn Gold status with the largest airline alliance in the world.

We also have guides to the cheapest ways of earning Qantas and Velocity Gold status in one trip.


Why is Star Alliance Gold status valuable?

The key to achieving Gold status with Star Alliance is to credit these flights to Turkish Airlines’ Miles & Smiles program which, along with Asiana’s Asiana Club, offers the lowest mileage requirement (40,000) for reaching Gold status amongst the Star Alliance airlines.

You can read more in our general guide to getting Gold frequent flyer status.

Once you have Gold status with Turkish Airlines, you will enjoy the following benefits on Turkish Airlines and its Star Alliance partners like Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and Air New Zealand for two years:

  • Access to over 1000 lounges worldwide, including the five-star-rated Star Alliance Lounge in Los Angeles
  • Extra baggage allowance (usually one extra checked bag)
  • Use of Business Class check-in counters (even when flying Economy)
  • Priority boarding
  • Priority standby lists
  • Expedited security and passport control lanes (at some airports)
  • Bonus points when flying Star Alliance airlines

To obtain Gold membership, you need to earn 40,000 status miles in a 12-month period. The itineraries below meet this criterion.

To maintain (or extend) Gold membership for another two years, you need to earn another 25,000 status miles in your first year or 37,500 status miles in two years.

Once you have Gold status with one frequent flyer program, you can status match to others.


Example itineraries

Example 1: from Sydney to San Francisco, New York, Barcelona and Tokyo from $5495

Example 2: from Melbourne to Buenos Aires, São Paulo, London, Dublin and Singapore from $5619

Example 3: from Perth to Johannesburg, Rome, Venice and Vancouver from $5958


Key terms

  • Valid for sale until 24 February 2017
  • Valid for departures from 1 March to 15 December 2017
  • One free stopover in most continents and two in Europe
  • Three-month maximum trip duration
  • Payment within three days of reservation
  • Domestic connections within Australia on Qantas in Business Class are free of charge where a direct international routing isn’t available from a capital city, e.g. Sydney to Perth on Qantas to connect to South African Airways flight from Perth to Johannesburg
  • You’ll be flying mainly on SWISS and Air New Zealand, with other flights operated by Singapore Airlines, THAI, ANA, Air China, Air India, United, Air Canada and/or South African Airways.

See also our guides to the cheapest ways of earning Qantas, Velocity Gold status in one trip and Earn Oneworld Sapphire status in one trip with Qatar Airways.

This fare is exclusively available through our in-house travel agent Luke Vaughan, who can be contacted by clicking the button below.

Images courtesy Star Alliance.

Fly round-the-world in Star Alliance Business Class from $5495 & earn Gold status in one trip was last modified: October 18th, 2018 by Matt Moffitt