A couple of days ago, Godsavethepoints.com, which is one of my favorite travel blogs posted a great article on how to get Star Alliance gold status the fast (smart) way. This reminded me of the fact that as far as I know, many non-US alliance members do not require PQD, MQD or whatever the US airline calls the requirement to spend $3,000+ to reach even the lowest elite status level. While one might not get all the same benefits as someone who has status with AA, Delta or United, achieving gold or better with a partner who doesn’t require the spend part is great.

Since I might do this myself, I think the first step is to research Star Alliance partners. Then, every time I fly on United, I would credit those miles to the selected partner. Hmm, Avianca and Copa come to mind, but there are many other airlines to choose from. More to come…

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