Other posts indicate that some folks have been quite successful earning Aegean Gold through 12/2014, and I might make a quasi-MR to make it happen. A non-US carrier *G card would be excellent for short domestic trips - which I anticipate will be my typical travel over the next few years. Not likely to bet more than 2P over the next few years. Specifically, I'd do IAD-SFO-ANC-SFO-IAD in F. Cost is about $1800, and with the 1000 sign up bonus, and 399 miles already earned from a BOS-DCA, would get me the 20000 miles required. A couple of questions arise, and I'd appreciate some guidance. First, if I am relying on my *G status through Aegean for benefits such as lounge access and free checked bags, may I still earn miles/eqm and get e+ on UA? Or do I have to decide which program I must prefer and settle on it? That is, on one locator, can I be Aegean for some benefits but United for others? Second, any thoughts on whether Aegean will right-size its *Gold requirements? *Gold is supposed to be a little tough, and if earned on Aegean flights the pain is in line with the benefits, but on other carriers it seems almost to good to be continued. Third, people have been posting that they have been getting gold cards good through 2014 - any chance Aegean will shorten this period even for those who have had it issued? Last, is there any guidance to be had about how to get the $1800 F fare to a more palatable number - are there domestic F consolidators? I appreciate the collective guidance.