The title of this post---*A Gold v Silver?---might seem like a strange question, because obviously Gold is better, what's to choose? However, I am planning to earn the status on A3 by flying partner airlines. The lowest 3 or 4 fares do not earn any miles on A3, where Gold would need 19K miles and Silver only 3K. So, I can do Silver less expensively by purchasing just one long haul in a high bucket and the rest at the lowest ones, whereas Gold will need many more flights in higher buckets. I won't be flying A3 very much, and will mainly use the status on partners like TK, LH, LX, SQ. So, the question is, what do you get for *A Gold that you don't for Silver? I am OK with Business class lounges instead of First. I don't believe that either status will mean upgrades at partners. What else?