Easiest Way to Earn Star Alliance Gold Status in 2017

A few years ago, Aegean Airlines, a small Athens-based airline and a member of the Star Alliance, used to be the easiest airline to achieve Star Alliance Gold status. It required just 20,000 miles in one year on any Star Alliance partner to earn Star Alliance Gold status. A lot of people used this to earn the status this way, even though most, if not all, of their flying was with an airline other than Aegean Airlines. They then revised their eligibility requirements, requiring either 12,000 miles per year with four flights being on Aegean Airlines, or 24,000 miles per year, regardless of what Star Alliance carrier you are flying with.