*A Gold v Silver?

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  1. Aktchi
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    Aktchi Silver Member

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    The title of this post---*A Gold v Silver?---might seem like a strange question, because obviously Gold is better, what's to choose? [​IMG]

    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?
     
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  2. Wandering Aramean
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    You get no lounge access at all for silver. If you want in to a lounge you need Gold. And, officially, no baggage benefits, though US and UA do give some allowance.

    Silver is mostly worthless as an alliance-wide benefit.
     
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    The better question to ask is what do you get for *A Silver? IMO, either go for Gold on A3 or don't play at all.
     
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    To do MRs of any kind, but especially in a high bucket, simply to get *A Silver is like taking perfectly good money and putting it through a paper shredder. That is how much *A Silver is worth...
     
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    Thanks guys for clean unambiguous verdict. That's precisely why one goes to teh experts!
     

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