Double the pleasure, half the miles and a whole lot of other flying perks. The Asiana Mileage Club is the best kept secret in frequent travel – but perhaps not for long. No matter where you’re located, or which airline you frequent – Asiana may be the best choice for your airline loyalty, with benefits like lounge access, upgrades and more. Here’s why we think it’s the best frequent flyer program in the business.
Star Alliance Gold, a status which rewards flyers with business class check in, security fast track and lounge access on all tickets, even economy, requires just 40,000 earned miles with Asiana and their partners in two years, not one! That’s incredibly generous.
Flights on virtually all Star Alliance airlines, and even Qatar and Etihad are eligible for earning status with Asiana. There’s not even a minimum requirement for any flights actually on Asiana Airlines, which makes this more accessible from abroad. But they are a lovely airline, so we’d highly suggest taking many, anyway.
Two Years Of Elite Status Perks
The first major perk, after the years plural to earn status, is the validity for which it lasts. If you can reach Star Alliance Gold status with 40,000 points required for Asiana Mileage Club Diamond, the status lasts two years or more! That’s far longer than any other airline, making the status easier to retain. Double the pleasure of Star Alliance Gold.
Here are some of the other great programs for earning status faster than others.
Asiana offers the very best rates on first class travel with their airline partners. Lufthansa First Class requires just 50,000 points one way between the US and Europe, or Europe and Mexico, Central America. These sort of flights can be difficult to book, since you typically only get a 14 day window from when they become available to when you need to fly, but they’re cool if you can make it work.
Star Alliance Airport VIP Lounge Access
For US travelers who cannot access lounges when flying domestically using United MileagePlus membership, this is extremely lucrative.
Using a foreign loyalty program, Asiana Club members with Star Alliance Gold can access lounges in the US, even traveling domestically. They can also bring a guest. Plus, the miles are more valuable than United MileagePlus.