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Title: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: gadyrab on August 11, 2017, 11:22:24 AM
After collecting *A points for years on LH miles and more for years and not getting past silver status I decided I had to do something new.

So I found the EgyptAir Plus program which offered a seemingly simple solution to attaining gold status with just one trip.
EgyptAir offer a "family program". I have seen similar programs in BA, Iberia etc. But I think this is the first time I found this program actually credits family STATUS miles.

It was a bit of a gamble since the information in EgyptAir website is so bad and with so many typos, it's almost funny.

I was planning a family trip from Israel to South America this summer (couple + 2 kids), and decided to try it to see if it works.

So I sent EgyptAir all the information they require (passport copies and relation of passport holders to me) and after a few days received an email with membership numbers for all family members.

We flew with TK in economy which gave approx  15,000 miles each R/T, just enough to attain the gold status.

Sure enough, a day after I completed the trip I was credited with all the miles and a new (digital - they still need to mail it to me) star alliance gold card.

EgyptAir requires 30,000 miles for silver and an additional 30,000 for gold which is valid for 2 years.

Their redemption calculator seems reasonable though I have yet to try it.

Thought I'll share this information with you and would be glad to answer any questions.


Family program link: http://www.egyptairplus.com/MS_Member_WebSite/Family.html

Award chart: http://www.egyptairplus.com/MS_Member_WebSite/reward.html
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: nafnaf12 on August 11, 2017, 11:44:41 AM
After collecting *A points for years on LH miles and more for years and not getting past silver status I decided I had to do something new.

So I found the EgyptAir Plus program which offered a seemingly simple solution to attaining gold status with just one trip.
EgyptAir offer a "family program". I have seen similar programs in BA, Iberia etc. But I think this is the first time I found this program actually credits family STATUS miles.

It was a bit of a gamble since the information in EgyptAir website is so bad and with so many typos, it's almost funny.

I was planning a family trip from Israel to South America this summer (couple + 2 kids), and decided to try it to see if it works.

So I sent EgyptAir all the information they require (passport copies and relation of passport holders to me) and after a few days received an email with membership numbers for all family members.

We flew with TK in economy which gave approx  15,000 miles each R/T, just enough to attain the gold status.

Sure enough, a day after I completed the trip I was credited with all the miles and a new (digital - they still need to mail it to me) star alliance gold card.

EgyptAir requires 30,000 miles for silver and an additional 30,000 for gold which is valid for 2 years.

Their redemption calculator seems reasonable though I have yet to try it.

Thought I'll share this information with you and would be glad to answer any questions.


Family program link: http://www.egyptairplus.com/MS_Member_WebSite/Family.html

Award chart: http://www.egyptairplus.com/MS_Member_WebSite/reward.html
that's absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing
Maybe add to the Tittle 1 "family" trip, so us singles don't get too excited
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: aygart on August 11, 2017, 11:55:41 AM
The membership level of the family members remains on the Blue Level regardless the membership Level of the main member.
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: nafnaf12 on August 11, 2017, 12:01:05 PM
The membership level of the family members remains on the Blue Level regardless the membership Level of the main member.
correct but a family trip or a single trip times 4 is required to obtain the status
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: gadyrab on August 11, 2017, 12:06:08 PM
The membership level of the family members remains on the Blue Level regardless the membership Level of the main member.

Correct.

My wife and the kids remain at blue, and the MAIN member gets ALL the miles (status and normal)

The rest of the members don't get any miles. Not earning and not status. Only the main member.

Arabs are a patriarchal society. I see many Arab airlines have family options (some include a maid as well)
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: shmebeble on August 11, 2017, 12:10:47 PM
How many "wives" can I add?  ;D
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: aygart on August 11, 2017, 12:18:52 PM
Correct.

My wife and the kids remain at blue, and the MAIN member gets ALL the miles (status and normal)

The rest of the members don't get any miles. Not earning and not status. Only the main member.

Arabs are a patriarchal society. I see many Arab airlines have family options (some include a maid as well)
Does it also come with another wife?
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: gadyrab on August 11, 2017, 12:21:34 PM
How many "wives" can I add?  ;D

It only specifies up to 5 family members.

If 2 wives only gave you 3 kids, she's useless and you should dump both and find a more fertile wife.

Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: as2 on August 11, 2017, 12:31:26 PM
It only specifies up to 5 family members.

If 2 wives only gave you 3 kids, she's useless and you should dump both and find a more fertile wife.
Maybe the lack of fertility was the reason wife #2 was called up to the majors.
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: aygart on August 11, 2017, 01:23:44 PM
It only specifies up to 5 family members.

If 2 wives only gave you 3 kids, she's useless and you should dump both and find a more fertile wife.


You missed the boat. They have enough to get status for the him and his main wife but the pilagshim stay home.
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: Dan on August 11, 2017, 02:23:44 PM
What fare class were you in that you got 100% of the miles?
When does your Gold card expire?
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: AJK on August 11, 2017, 03:27:45 PM
Good stuff. Other blogs have mentioned this, glad to see it works!

EgyptAir Plus status is valid for 24 months from the qualification date. Once you’ve achieved Gold status, maintaining it is easier than the initial earn requirements; you only have to earn 30,000 Tier miles within 24 months after earning Gold status to maintain it for another two years.

Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: Dan on August 11, 2017, 03:31:54 PM
Good stuff. Other blogs have mentioned this, glad to see it works!

EgyptAir Plus status is valid for 24 months from the qualification date. Once you’ve achieved Gold status, maintaining it is easier than the initial earn requirements; you only have to earn 30,000 Tier miles within 24 months after earning Gold status to maintain it for another two years.


Problem is that most fares will only earn 50%.

What is the timetable to earn Silver? Is it 30K within 24 months of the first flight? Or?
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: ExGingi on August 11, 2017, 05:01:54 PM
Award chart looks decent.

Question is how's YQ? Also any specific routing rules to be aware of? Redeemable online?
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: gadyrab on August 12, 2017, 07:20:15 PM
What fare class were you in that you got 100% of the miles?
When does your Gold card expire?

Here you can see the milage percentage earnings of all SA  partners. It's a little funny to navigate
I know I was booked on O on the return (75%). It doesn't seem that bad.

Gold is untill 07/19 (actually not sure why it's 23 months and not 24)
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: gadyrab on August 12, 2017, 07:22:39 PM
Problem is that most fares will only earn 50%.

What is the timetable to earn Silver? Is it 30K within 24 months of the first flight? Or?

I'm actually not sure. The website is very vague about it to the extent that it seems that there is no expiry.

http://www.egyptairplus.com/MS_Member_WebSite/levels.html
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: gadyrab on August 12, 2017, 07:24:36 PM
Award chart looks decent.

Question is how's YQ? Also any specific routing rules to be aware of? Redeemable online?

Not redeemable online. Only through call center.

I saw some reports online that YQ was quite low.
Will have to wait till I redeem the points to find out for real.
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: ExGingi on August 13, 2017, 12:40:17 PM
Not redeemable online. Only through call center.

I saw some reports online that YQ was quite low.
Will have to wait till I redeem the points to find out for real.
You don't have to actually redeem. How about call to get a quote in miles and YQ on some routes and carriers (such as LH, OS, LX, TK, LO, and MS on NYC-TLV route, TG, NH, SQ, OZ, on routes to Asia or Australia). Also, do they have any non-alliance partners?
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: Chosidtravel on February 13, 2019, 10:58:36 PM
Do you must send passport to open account? Can't u just do online?

Any other program on star alliance that offer even without the status.
I need to pool few members together not with same last name
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: ExGingi on February 14, 2019, 11:31:44 AM
Do you must send passport to open account? Can't u just do online?

Any other program on star alliance that offer even without the status.
I need to pool few members together not with same last name

I think TK allows some kind of pooling.
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: Muhammad on February 16, 2019, 04:18:39 PM
would this work for a group of friends or does it have to be really family?
Title: Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip
Post by: a good yeshiva bachur on February 16, 2019, 04:21:11 PM
does the "main" member need to be flying to recieve the points?