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Those who fly with some regularity may quickly become interested in the magic and mystery of airline elite status. Airline elite status can unlock things like upgrades, preferred seats, lounge access, better customer service, priority boarding, waived fees, and more. However, while you can sometimes leverage one airline elite status to match to another, you usually can’t just generate your initial airline elite status out of thin air. You generally have to put your tail in an airplane seat on a paid flight or two or twenty and fly your way to elite status.
Have Your Kids Miles Count Towards Your Star Gold Elite Status
While some of your elite status perks can also benefit the family members on your reservations, their miles can’t generally help you earn elite status faster, even if you are the one paying for their tickets. However, as was pointed out by the very solid Award Wallet blog over the weekend, EGYPTAIR is apparently one big exception to that general rule.
EGYPTAIR seems to not only allow for family pooling of miles into the main member’s account for up to five first-degree family members ages 2 and up, but that pooling is not only for award miles, but also for tier/elite qualifying miles! While a few popular airlines such as British Airways and JetBlue allow for family pooling of award miles, allowing the pooling of elite qualifying miles is quite unique.
Earn Star Alliance Gold via EGYPTAIR
If you have a partner/kids who are okay having their miles credited to your account, this means that EGYPTAIR may be a viable path to Star Gold elite status for those with families even if you don’t travel a ton!
EGYPTAIR awards Silver Level status after 30,000 flown miles on EGYPTAIR flights or Star Alliance carriers. Then after you (and your family members) fly an additional 30,000 total miles within 2 years after the Silver level earned from flights you get Gold Level status not only with EGYPTAIR, but also with the Star Alliance.
You don’t have to fly EGYPTAIR to take advantage of this as miles from partner airlines like United and more also count. As an example, here are the earning levels for United flights credited to EGYPTAIR.
|Class of service||United Airlines Booking Class||Percentage of Flown Miles|
|First Class ( 3-cabin)||F||150%|
|First Discounted Class||A||100%|
|Business Class||J C D||125%|
|Discount Business Class||Z P||100%|
|Full Fare Economy Class||Y B||100%|
|Economy Class||M E U H||100%|
|Discount Economy Class||Q V W S||75%|
|Deep Discount Economy Class||T L K G||50%|
To put this into practical terms, a round trip flight from Newark to Honolulu is close to 5,000 miles each way. If you and just two other family members that pool into your EGYPTAIR account make that round trip in a United fare class that pays out 100% or better once a year for two years, then the main account holder will just about have 60,000 miles and Star Gold status. Of course you need to be crediting the paid flights to EGYPTAIR instead of United in order for this to work.
That should get the main account holder Star Gold status, but what about the award miles? Turns out, their award program isn’t half bad either. Unfortunately you cannot book awards online, but you can book round trip or one-way awards on Star Alliance partners when there is availability in the following classes. These are the same fare classes you can use when searching for awards on United.com and more (though excludes the additional awards seats that United elites and cardholders may see).
- (X) For Economy Class
- (I) For Business Class
- (O) For First Class
Their award chart can be found here, but a few examples of round trip award costs include:
- North America (US/Canada) – Europe 1 (Cyprus, Greece, Turkey) – 90,000 miles in business class
- North America (US/Canada) – Europe 2 and Middle East – 120,000 miles in business class
- Round trip within North America and Canada – 30,000 miles in economy, 45,000 miles in business class, 60,000 miles in first class
- North America (US Canada) – Hawaii – 60,000 miles in business class
- North America (US Canada) – Australia/New Zealand – 120,000 miles in business class
Two other things to note are that EGYPTAIR miles earned are valid for 36 months from the earning date and you can reach an EGYPTAIR office in New York at 1-800-334-6787.
Star Alliance Gold status will get you lounge access, priority boarding, elite status lines, free checked bags, and more. If those things have real value to you then you might want to consider EGYPTAIR for your family. I will warn that of course they could change the part about elite status miles counting in the primary account holder’s account at any time. If you are interested in this strategy, I highly recommend you carefully read the post on the Award Wallet site since they have actually credited Star Alliance miles to EGYPTAIR, and I have historically credited mine to United.
Have you ever considered crediting your Star Alliance flown miles to EGYPTAIR in order to have your kids’ miles count towards your elite status?
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