With Aegean having joined Star Alliance just this week, there is now a super easy way to attain Star Alliance Gold status (ie the level with free lounge access and extra baggage allowances). 20,000 status miles for Aegean Miles & Bonus Gold status, which is Star Alliance Gold (4,000 for Blue status which is Star Alliance Silver).
Even easier, new members get 1,000 status miles (and 1,000 award miles) just for signing up!
The program is similar to Miles & More – 150% or 200% earning rates for business class, and 300% for first class. Flights on many (but not all) Star Alliance airlines also have minimum mileage earning. Awards are a bit cheaper than Miles & More rates. The program isn’t all good – international awards must be booked 14 days before departure.