Review: JW Marriott Gold Coast

Review: JW Marriott Gold Coast

To kick off our three-week journey to Australia, we determined to spend two nights on the JW Marriott Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise. Knowing that we’d be adjusting to the 18-hour time distinction, my associate Ashley and I made a decision that enjoyable in a pleasant resort by the ocean could be the easiest way to beat the jet lag rapidly.

The resort has solely been open as a JW Marriott since December 2020, which is when the nine-month renovation from what was beforehand the Surfers Paradise Marriott Hotel was accomplished. The JW Marriott occupies the uppermost flooring of the constructing, whereas the Marriott Vacation Club at Surfers Paradise fills the remainder of the decrease flooring.

I’d heard some nice word-of-mouth critiques concerning the property from household, and I used to be elated to spend just a few days in model as we adjusted to the hotter climate and longer days on Australia’s east coast.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Booking

In the lead-up to our keep, I saved a watch out for beneficial journey agent charges on the resort, which I’m lucky to have entry to with an IATA card. It seems that there was just one night time out there at a reduced fee, and I needed to weigh out the choices for the second night time.

Cash charges for this property are inclined to hover round $350–450 (AUD) exterior of vacation durations, and rise to $700–850 (AUD) throughout college breaks and the Australian summer time months. A reserving made with Marriott Bonvoy factors can price as few as 45,000 factors and as a lot as 60,000 factors, with some pockets of dates unavailable for redemptions.

With our valuation of Bonvoy factors at 0.9 cents per level (CAD), there’s a case to be made for reward bookings if the price of your keep is on the upper aspect. For instance, throughout the month of December, when money charges attain as much as $1,130 (CAD) per night time, you’ll be able to web a really satisfying 1.9 cents per level (CAD) by redeeming 60,000 factors. 

You can likewise get good worth out of a Free Night Award on your reserving, so long as you’ll be able to high it as much as the redemption worth on your dates. Keep in thoughts that the Australian greenback tends to lag a bit behind the Canadian greenback, and much more so behind the American greenback, so your cash goes a bit additional in Australia than it does at dwelling.

In the top, we opted to redeem 60,000 Bonvoy factors for our second night time, and whereas we didn’t essentially get excellent worth from the redemption, we felt that it was a very good use of the tidy sum of factors we’d constructed up since our journey to the Maldives within the spring.

The JW Marriott Gold Coast participates in Marriott Luminous, which signifies that by reserving by means of a licensed journey advisor, you’ll be able to take pleasure in further perks throughout your keep at no additional price. You’ll obtain elite-level advantages, reminiscent of free breakfast and a space-available room improve, in addition to a $140 (AUD) resort credit score, whereas paying the identical worth as the very best out there versatile fee.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Location

The JW Marriott Gold Coast is positioned steps away from the seaside in Surfers Paradise on one aspect, and proper on the sting of the Nerang River on the opposite.

As a vacationer metropolis, Surfers Paradise has plenty of resorts and sights that run alongside the coast. A good looking seaside stretches for miles, and is only some minutes by foot from the JW Marriott Gold Coast. 

The Surfers Paradise Esplanade runs parallel to the seaside, the place you’ll discover loads of walkers, runners, cyclists, and lifeguard stations, in addition to seaside entry factors scattered alongside the best way.

You’ll discover many vacationer sights, reminiscent of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and eating places within the coronary heart of the town, which is simply 10 minutes by automobile or a 20-minute stroll from the resort. 

If you’re coming from the airport in Brisbane, you’ll be able to take a simple mixture of a practice and a tram to get to the resort in beneath two hours, which is the route we took. Driving cuts the time in half to round an hour.

The Gold Coast Airport is comparatively nearer, and takes round 45 minutes by automobile or an hour by transit.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Check-in

After a 15-hour flight to Brisbane in Air Canada Signature Class, adopted by a quiet two-hour journey by practice and tram to the resort, we strolled as much as the JW Marriott Gold Coast within the latter a part of the morning. Locating the resort was fairly straightforward, as the brand is definitely seen from afar. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Exterior
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Vehicle entrance
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Entrance

Outside of the primary entrance, there are some bench seats out there to company who’re ready for the valet service or a trip to some place else.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Exterior seating

The computerized doorways divulge heart’s contents to an exquisite foyer lounge, with a grand staircase that mimics a cascading waterfall as the primary point of interest. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Lobby lounge
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Lobby lounge
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Lobby lounge staircase

Comfortable seating areas are straightforward to search out, and the big house has benches and seats scattered all through. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Lobby lounge
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Lobby lounge
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Lobby lounge

As we headed into the resort, we had been rapidly greeted by the resort’s concierge group, who supplied to help with our baggage as we went by means of the check-in course of.

I rapidly took observe of the sweeping overhead followers transferring back-and-forth alongside the ceiling, which I later discovered had been taken down and saved away throughout a renovation within the Nineties, and subsequently introduced again to life throughout the revamp right into a JW Marriott. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Lobby lounge overhead followers

We had been invited to sit down for the check-in course of, which was accomplished in tandem by the resort’s Guest Relations Manager and the check-in affiliate. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Check-in desks
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Check-in seating space

After going by means of the small print of our keep, and having the advantages from my Platinum standing defined, we had been supplied the resort’s signature drink: a lavender & lemon iced tea.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Signature welcome drink

The beverage changed into a soothing shade of purple when the 2 had been mixed, and we discovered the drink to be each refreshing and enjoyable, setting the right tone for our keep. The lavender used within the tea is sourced from the close by Scenic Rim hinterland area, and was the primary of many cases of locally-sourced components encountered throughout our keep.

Five days previous to our arrival, I used to be delighted to obtain affirmation that our Suite Night Award had been authorised. While we booked right into a base-level room, we wound up with an Executive Suite for each nights of our keep, which is the highest-level room kind out there for upgrades. 

Despite arriving within the late morning when many company had been nonetheless wrapping up breakfast, we had been knowledgeable that our room was prepared for us. This was very welcome information after an extended journey to get there, and we clicked our heels as we headed to the elevators and as much as Room 2601 on the twenty sixth ground.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Elevators

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite

Prior to reaching our room, as we walked by means of a cream-coloured hallway with ocean-blue carpets, I already had the sense that we had been in for a deal with. Those emotions had been immediately confirmed as I swung the door open and was greeted with a spacious suite that may turn out to be an ideal resting house over the following few days.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Hallway
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Hallway
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Room 2601

In the room’s lobby, there’s an entryway desk with just a few vases beneath some art work. After we had explored the grounds, we got here again to the room to discover a welcome reward of lavender tea and a bottle of glowing wine on this space.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite lobby
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite welcome items

A spacious two-piece lavatory is positioned simply to the left of the doorway, with loads of counter house out there. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite two-piece lavatory
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite two-piece lavatory

The suite’s front room encompasses a bountiful quantity of actual property, the place a big gray sectional sofa rests atop a blue carpet within the centre of the room, with a round espresso desk close by. The sofa faces one of many two flat-screen TVs within the Executive Suite.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite front room
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite front room
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite sectional sofa

In the nook of the lounge is a gray armchair, which sits subsequent to a small desk with one other vase on it. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite armchair

A four-person desk is tucked between the divider to the bed room and the primary of the room’s two balconies, which provides nice dawn views. To my shock, there was one other bottle of glowing wine delivered to us and positioned on the desk whereas we had been out for a stroll, which we loved throughout a sundown that night.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite desk
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite balcony
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite second welcome reward

The balcony faces in direction of the seaside, and was an awesome place to sit down and luxuriate in a cup of espresso because the solar rose very early within the morning. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite dawn view

The front room can also be the place you’ll discover a big buffet that’s dwelling to the room’s mini-bar, a sink, and the Breville Nespresso espresso maker. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite buffet
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite mini-bar

The bed room is separated from the lounge by a dividing wall, with doorways that may be slid shut. It was nice to have the ability to separate the house after I was up early and began work, whereas Ashley slept in.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite bed room entrance with closed doorways
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite bed room entrance

The bed room encompasses a snug king mattress, with a gray bench at its foot. There are aspect tables on both of the mattress, every with its personal lamp and charging shops.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite bed room
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite mattress
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite aspect desk

On the other aspect of the wall from the eating desk is a desk and a cushty chair, with the room’s different flat-screen TV above. Next to right here is the room’s different balcony, which additionally had a desk with two chairs.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite desk & TV
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite bed room balcony entrance

From the balcony, there’s a nice vantage level of the resort’s pool space, which we spent quite a lot of time in throughout our keep.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite view of pool space

On the opposite aspect of the bed room is an armoire, which had loads of house to hold garments alongside the bathrobes. On the opposite aspect of the doorway, which results in the primary lavatory, is a bench that can be used as a baggage rack.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite armoire
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite bathrobes & armoire contents

The primary lavatory is spacious, elegant, and well-appointed. An extended white marble countertop spans throughout a lot of the room, and got here ready with facilities from Aromatherapy Associates.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite lavatory
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite lavatory self-importance
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite lavatory facilities

A soup-bowl-shaped bathtub is nestled within the the nook of the room, with sweeping views of the encompassing hillside. It’s an ideal place to take pleasure in a sundown with a glass of glowing wine within the night, simply observe that it takes some time to replenish, given its hefty measurement.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite bathtub
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite bathtub view
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite bathtub sundown view

The rest room and the bathe space are housed behind frosted glass doorways reverse from the sink space. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite rest room & bathe doorways
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite rest room

The rain bathe had glorious water stress, and in addition got here with an abundance of house inside.

Turndown service is offered within the evenings. Staff draw the room’s curtains and place sweets on the mattress, which is a welcome contact. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Executive Suite turndown service

Overall, I used to be very pleased with the quantity of house, design, and options of the room. I appreciated having loads of pure mild pouring in from all corners, in addition to prime views of each the dawn and the sundown throughout my go to. 

Furthermore, I used to be very glad that the resort confirmed the Suite Night Award request 5 days prematurely for each nights, which took away any want to have interaction in “suite-talking“.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – King Guest Room 

During my keep, I had the chance to take a peek at a King Guest Room, which is a base-level room.

These rooms, of which there are 200 on the JW Marriott Gold Coast, function both a single king mattress or two double beds. They include most of the identical options because the Executive Suite, however in a smaller space.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – King Guest Room bed room
JW Marriott Gold Coast – King Guest Room bed room
JW Marriott Gold Coast – King Guest Room daybed

Note that rooms which have two double beds don’t include a daybed, which you’ll discover within the rooms with king beds.

Outside, you’ll discover a single balcony with two seats, and on both aspect of the resort you’ll have peek-a-boo views of the ocean and the encompassing hills.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – King Guest Room balcony
JW Marriott Gold Coast – King Guest Room balcony view
JW Marriott Gold Coast – King Guest Room balcony view

The lavatory encompasses a bathe and separate bathtub, and doesn’t really feel cramped in anyway.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – King Guest Room lavatory

Guests can count on an improve to a mid-tier Junior Suite, so long as one is accessible, both by means of elite standing or a Marriott Luminous reserving. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Breakfast

Breakfast is served in Citrique on the primary ground of the resort from 6:30–10:30am day by day. The huge restaurant encompasses a host of seating preparations, and is adorned in a tasteful vogue that you just’d count on from a contemporary JW Marriott property.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Citrique entrance
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Citrique seating
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Citrique seating

We loved complimentary breakfast by means of my Marriott Platinum advantages, and we had the selection of the buffet or an à la carte menu. Naturally, we opted for the buffet, however the menu gadgets additionally appeared to be fairly scrumptious.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Citrique à la carte breakfast menu

We had been additionally given a card to put on our desk, which indicated that we may take pleasure in limitless barista-made coffees throughout our meal. This was one other profit afforded to anybody with elite standing, and we very a lot loved sipping on cappuccinos and flat whites throughout our breakfasts.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Cappuccino at Citrique

The buffet space encompasses a good number of cold and warm choices, which had been stocked up regularly by the numerous workers. The sizzling station had western classics, reminiscent of streaky bacon, sausages, hash browns, and several other kinds of eggs, in addition to some Asian-inspired meals, reminiscent of steamed buns, rooster curry, and noodles. 

The chilly buffet was equally as spectacular, with choices that embrace passionfruit or coconut yogurt, a donut rack, recent fruit, cereals, and a salad bar. There’s additionally a whole gluten-free part of products out there.

If you’re travelling with children or should you’re younger at coronary heart, make sure you benefit from the waffle and pancake station, with whipped cream and different sugary toppings close by.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Waffle & pancake station at Citrique
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Waffle & pancake toppings at Citrique

Close to the doorway is a drinks station, which had plenty of juices, in addition to iced chocolate and occasional drinks.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Juice choice at Citrique
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Iced espresso & iced chocolate at Citrique

To fulfill your candy tooth, make sure you take a look at the ice cream cooler on the finish of your breakfast.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Ice cream choice at Citrique

Staff may also come by and take any requests for custom-made egg orders. On the second day, I ordered an omelette full with spanner crab meat, which was an excellent dish.

We had been totally impressed with the breakfast providing on the JW Marriott Gold Coast, and I’d rank it amongst the higher buffet choices I’ve skilled all through my stays at luxurious resorts. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Dining

Citrique can also be open at numerous factors all through the week for different meals, together with à la carte eating throughout the week. On Friday and Saturday evenings, in addition to on Sunday afternoons, there’s an immersive seafood buffet expertise that’s apparently each memorable and definitely worth the worth of admission ($109–119 (AUD) per individual).

Chapter & Verse Bar and Lounge is open from 11am day by day, and is positioned in the primary foyer space close to to the pool’s entrance. There’s additionally a spacious out of doors patio to take pleasure in on hotter days.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Chapter & Verse Bar and Lounge bar
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Chapter & Verse Bar and Lounge seating
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Chapter & Verse Bar & Lounge seating

There is an intensive liquor choice out there, in addition to ice chilly draft beers, served in a cushty and fashionable lounge space. This venue additionally hosts the resort’s excessive tea, which it’s essential to reserve prematurely.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Chapter & Verse Bar and Lounge liquor choice
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Chapter & Verse Bar and Lounge beer choice

Next to the pool, you’ll discover a meals truck housed in an Airstream trailer, in addition to Pavilion Bar serving chilly drinks. The meals truck wasn’t working throughout our keep, however we loved a drink from Pavilion Bar throughout a day spent lounging by the pool.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Food truck
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Pavilion Bar

On the third ground of the resort is Misono, which hosts a stay sushi desk, teppanyaki eating, and a separate whisky bar. It’s solely open within the evenings from Tuesday–Sunday, starting at 5:30pm. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Misono entrance
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Misono seating
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Misono sushi bar

We had each intention of popping by for a chew or a drink throughout our keep. Alas, jet lag received the very best of us, and we had been quick asleep by 7pm every night time.

I had additionally heard nice critiques of Misono from members of the family who usually keep on the JW Marriott Gold Coast, so make sure you test it out should you can.

Lastly, in-room eating is accessible across the clock. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Pool

One of the JW Marriott Gold Coast’s primary sights is its sprawling out of doors pool space, that includes a saltwater lagoon with tropical fish, sizzling tubs, cascading waterfalls, rock grottos, loads of lounge chairs, a waterslide, and a separate swimming pool.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Saltwater lagoon pool
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Saltwater lagoon pool
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Outdoor pool grotto

Guests can entry the swimming pools from 6am–10pm day by day, and towels can be found poolside through the use of your room key.

We spent loads of time having fun with the services throughout our go to, as did the numerous households who keep on the property. When the climate was sizzling, the world stuffed up fairly rapidly, but it surely didn’t really feel crowded or get noisy by any means. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Outdoor pool
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Waterslide
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Outdoor pool & sizzling tub

Be positive to carry goggles or snorkels to take a look at the tropical fish within the lagoon. If you overlook them at dwelling, you’ll be able to hire gear from the resort for a modest price.

The resort provides a fish feeding program day by day at 9:30am, the place you’ll be able to see all the lagoon’s various kinds of fish. Keep a watch out for the assorted lizards and birds that stay by the lagoon, too.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Water dragon

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Other Facilities

As a resort property, the JW Marriott Gold Coast has plenty of different services for company. 

Fitness Centre

The health centre is on the third ground of the resort, and is accessible 24 hours per day. In a single room, you’ll discover a handful of treadmills, elliptical machines, and cycles, in addition to some strength-training machines and dumbbells. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Fitness centre
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Fitness centre
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Fitness centre

At first, I used to be a bit shocked to see such a small health centre in a brand new resort. I later discovered that it’s present process a large renovation, so I think about it is going to be vastly improved by the point I go to once more.

Multi-Purpose Courts

Just exterior from the health centre is a two-story multi-purpose courtroom space. On the higher stage is a full-sized tennis courtroom, whereas on the decrease stage is a basketball web and a few smaller courts.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Tennis courtroom
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Multi-purpose courtroom
JW Marriott Gold Coast – Basketball web

Gear is accessible freed from cost by means of the resort, and we discovered some scattered round on the decrease stage. Had it not been so windy throughout our go to, I’d have beloved to play a spherical or two of tennis with an awesome metropolis view. 


Similar to the health centre, the spa was present process a renovation throughout our go to. It was fully closed, however company who want to entry spa companies can ebook by means of the resort’s concierge at close by areas.

The spa is tentatively set to reopen in July 2023. 


Along the Nerang River, the JW Marriott Gold Coast has a non-public marina, which additionally serves as an entrance for company who arrive by boat. The resort’s concierge may also prepare for a number of paid water-based actions that depart from the marina. 

JW Marriott Gold Coast – Marina

JW Market

Attached to Citrique is the JW Market, which hosts an espresso machine and a handful of domestically made items. You can discover merchandise constructed from the resort’s backyard and quite a lot of native retailers right here.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – JW Market
JW Marriott Gold Coast – JW Market items

JW Garden

Tucked behind the resort by the pool space is the JW Garden. Chefs from the resort develop a handful of crops that may be discovered in lots of dishes, and there’s additionally a honey-producing beehive.

JW Marriott Gold Coast – JW Garden
JW Marriott Gold Coast – JW Garden beehive


Our keep on the JW Marriott Gold Coast was almost excellent. After a really busy week previous our journey to Australia, and an 18-hour time distinction to take care of, we wanted a cushty place to chill out and relaxation.

The JW Marriott Gold Coast offered precisely that, and we soaked up each second of our keep. The service we obtained from check-in to check-out was refined and real, with many considerate touches over the course of three days.

Moreover, I strongly felt that my elite standing was acknowledged and valued, as evidenced by the beneficiant suite improve, the pair of welcome items, complimentary barista espresso, excellent breakfast, and late check-out. When I discovered an surprising cost for bar drinks on my folio, the resort amended it with none fuss, and apologized for the error.

I can positively perceive why my Australian members of the family have been frequenting the JW Marriott Gold Coast since its opening. Indeed, I can’t consider a significantly better place to work off jet lag, take pleasure in a romantic vacation with a beloved one, or craft an epic household trip.

Once the resort’s renovations are full, I can solely see the expertise changing into even higher, and I can’t wait to return.

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The Best Ways to Earn Star Alliance Gold

The Best Ways to Earn Star Alliance Gold

Earning elite standing with airways can ship extraordinarily invaluable advantages alongside your travels. But if you happen to’re within the behavior of redeeming Miles & Points for flights, quite than paying money for them, then you definitely’d be forgiven for pondering of airline elite standing as past your attain. 

Indeed, maybe it’s as a result of our nationwide airline, Air Canada, belongs to Star Alliance, however one of many questions I get quite incessantly is whether or not there are any straightforward methods to realize Star Alliance Gold standing. 

Earning Star Alliance Gold presents extra advantages to travellers in any class of service, so long as they’re departing on a Star Alliance flight, and it may be very worthwhile to have the standing, particularly if you happen to are inclined to fly in financial system class. 

Why Is Star Alliance Gold Valuable?

Let’s start with a degree of clarification, since I do know this may be complicated from the outset. Every Star Alliance airline has their very own loyalty program (similar to Air Canada Aeroplan, United MileagePlus, Avianca LifeMiles and many others.), and every program is free to set any variety of standing ranges and qualification necessities inside its personal program.

For instance, Air Canada Aeroplan Elite standing has 5 completely different ranges past the essential tier: 25K, 35K, 50K, 75K, and Super Elite 100K. Meanwhile, a program like Aegean Miles & Bonus may solely have two standing ranges: Silver and Gold. 

Now, every program additionally designates two completely different standing ranges to correspond with alliance-wide Star Alliance standing. Air Canada, for instance, has chosen Elite 35K to correspond to Star Alliance Silver and Elite 50K or above to correspond to Star Alliance Gold, whereas Aegean Miles & Bonus has naturally chosen Silver and Gold, respectively.

When you earn Air Canada Elite 50K or Aegean Gold, you additionally mechanically earn Star Alliance Gold, and are accordingly entitled to its advantages when travelling with any of Star Alliance’s 26 member airways. 

Enjoy Gold Track safety at choose airports with Star Alliance Gold standing

While Star Alliance Silver doesn’t provide too many significant advantages, Star Alliance Gold is the place the advantages actually begin to kick in, which embody:

  • Priority airport check-in
  • Priority baggage dealing with
  • Airport lounge entry for you and one visitor
  • Priority boarding
  • Extra baggage allowance (both an additional 20kg allowance, or an additional piece of bags, relying on the airline)
  • Priority Gold Track airport safety
  • Priority reservations waitlist
  • Priority airport standby

The full particulars can be found on the Star Alliance website.

Enjoy precedence baggage with Star Alliance Gold standing

In addition to the revealed advantages, there are some discretionary advantages as properly. For instance, Star Alliance Gold members are probably slightly below an airline’s personal elite members in line for an operational improve.

Back within the early days of holding Star Alliance Gold standing, I acquired a number of such op-ups from financial system to enterprise on transcontinental North American flights, in addition to financial system to premium financial system on long-haul worldwide flights. 

Now, typically talking, Star Alliance Gold advantages will likely be most helpful to you once you’re flying in financial system or premium financial system, as a result of a enterprise class ticket would already include many of the advantages, similar to airport lounge entry, precedence check-in, or precedence boarding. With Star Alliance Gold, you’ll mainly get handled as a premium passenger, even if you happen to aren’t flying in a premium cabin. 

However, there are even a number of choose advantages to Star Alliance Gold above and past these of a enterprise class passenger.

One instance is perhaps entry to higher lounges at some airports around the globe, such because the Swiss Senator & Business Lounges (E Gates) at Zurich Airport. If you had been merely flying in enterprise class, you’d have entry to the very good enterprise lounge, however as a Star Alliance Gold member, you’ll as a substitute get entry to the way more peaceable and well-appointed Senator Lounge, which even comes with an impressive whisky bar and lounge. 

Enjoy entry to the Swiss Senator Lounge with Star Alliance Gold standing

In addition, Star Alliance Gold members can convey a visitor into the lounge, whereas enterprise class passengers sometimes aren’t allowed a visitor. The different fundamental profit can be the additional baggage allowance, if the two-piece entitlement when travelling in enterprise class isn’t fairly sufficient.

So, now that we all know what’s up for grabs, what are one of the best methods to earn Star Alliance Gold?

1. Asiana Club: 40,000 Qualifying Miles Over Two Years

The first few methods merely contain strategically crediting the mileage in your paid flights to an airline frequent flyer program that’s “easy” for incomes Star Alliance Gold standing. Remember, each airline units their very own elite ranges and qualification necessities, and a few airways have set the bar for Star Alliance Gold decrease than others. 

One program that makes it straightforward to earn Star Alliance Gold is Asiana Club by Asiana Airlines. Earning Asiana Diamond, which then bestows you with Star Alliance Gold, requires incomes 40,000 qualifying miles each two years, which is once more way more beneficiant than the de facto normal requirement throughout the alliance of fifty,000 qualifying miles in a single yr. 

In addition, Asiana Diamond and Star Alliance Gold standing can, in principle, last as long as 4 years due to Asiana’s quite byzantine system of a 24-month qualification interval, adopted by a 24-month validity interval.

If you had been to earn the 40,000 qualifying miles on the very begin of your qualification interval, you’d take pleasure in the advantages of Star Alliance Gold for a number of years to return.

Earning the 40,000 qualifying miles over two years may very well be so simple as crediting a handful of financial system long-haul flights incomes on the 50% fee, or perhaps a single business-class long-haul flight incomes on the 200% fee. As an instance, an individual flying Toronto–Vancouver–Hong Kong return journeys in financial system class would earn Star Alliance Gold through Asiana with 5 such journeys over a two-year interval.

Furthermore, after incomes Star Alliance Gold, the brink for re-qualifying throughout the next two-year interval is even simpler, at solely 30,000 qualifying miles over the 2 years to take pleasure in the advantages for an additional subsequent two years. 

If you fly usually sufficient over the course of two years on paid fares, you’ll be able to estimate the variety of miles accrued with every flight with a Star Alliance airline by referencing the Star Alliance Accrual Chart on the Asiana web site.

2. Aegean Miles+Bonus: 36,000 Tier Miles + 6 Aegean Flights

In the previous, Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus has provided probably the most beneficiant Star Alliance Gold alternatives in historical past. Indeed, I absolutely took benefit of it on the time, however finally allowed it to lapse in 2017. 

However, regardless that this system has been modified, Miles+Bonus stays one of many best methods to earn Star Alliance Gold.

You’ll have to get there in two steps: first, incomes 12,000 Tier Miles and flying on two Aegean-operated segments to get to Miles+Bonus Silver (and thereby Star Alliance Silver), and after that, incomes 24,000 Tier Miles and flying on 4 Aegean-operated segments to get to Miles+Bonus Gold (and thereby Star Alliance Gold).

In complete, you’ll want 36,000 Tier Miles and 6 segments on Aegean-operated flights, which is significantly decrease than the usual 50,000-mile threshold. This needs to be inside attain for anybody with a number of paid long-haul journeys deliberate, particularly in premium cabins. 

Indeed, you may even be capable to earn 36,000 Tier Miles with only one long-haul enterprise class round-trip fare, since some discounted enterprise fares, similar to Air Canada’s “P” fare, nonetheless earn 200% miles with Aegean Miles+Bonus. 

The complicating issue is that you simply’ll additionally want a number of low cost section runs on Aegean Airlines combined in there – two segments to get you to Silver, adopted by 4 segments to get to Gold – so this technique is perhaps finest pursued by travellers with a selected weak point for the Greek islands.

Keep in thoughts that you could additionally earn Silver and Gold standing with out the Aegean-operated segments, however that will require 24,000 and 48,000 Tier Miles, respectively, for 72,000 Tier Miles in complete, which is not any higher than different strategies of achieving Star Alliance Gold.

Similar to Asiana Club, the opposite good factor about Aegean Miles+Bonus is the convenience of sustaining Gold standing after attaining it. Once you’re Gold, you solely have to earn 12,000 Tier Miles the subsequent yr whereas flying on two Aegean-operated segments, or earn 24,000 Tier Miles outright, as a way to re-qualify for the next yr. 

If an annual journey to Greece is within the playing cards, your finest wager could also be to credit score paid Star Alliance flights to Aegean Miles+Bonus, after which leverage cheaper short-haul fares with Aegean to meet the necessities for Gold.

3. EgyptAir Plus: Earn Status by way of the Family Program

For {couples} and households, one of many lesser-known methods to get to Star Alliance Gold, no less than for one member of the family, is with EgyptAir Plus. 

A novel a part of EgyptAir Plus is the Family Program, which permits one member of the household to be designated because the “Main Member”, and as much as 5 different first-degree kin to be added to the Family. Requests to pool accounts have to be despatched to EgyptAir by e-mail, together with passport copies, private data, and their relation to the Main Member.

Family accounts aren’t distinctive to EgyptAir or loyalty packages typically; nevertheless, what units EgyptAir Plus aside from different packages is that the Tier Miles, that are used to qualify for elite standing, earned on paid flights by members of the family might be pooled to profit the Main Member.

With this function, the Main Member is credited with the Tier Miles earned by themselves and the members of the family, thereby permitting the Main Member to quick observe to a better standing. 

With EgyptAir Plus, attaining Gold standing, which grants you Star Alliance Gold, requires a complete of 60,000 Tier Miles earned on EgyptAir or any Star Alliance member airline. The decrease Silver standing requires 30,000 Tier Miles, and when you’ve fulfilled that requirement, you’ve gotten two years to earn the subsequent 30,000 Tier Miles for Gold standing.

Therefore, by crediting all paid flights out of your whole household, one member of the family can take pleasure in Star Alliance Gold standing, however sadly, the others don’t get any advantages.

To preserve Gold standing, the Main Member must accumulate a complete of 40,000 Tier Miles within the two years after acquiring the standing. Flights by members of the family which can be credited to EgyptAir Plus rely in the direction of this, too, so sustaining it shouldn’t be too tough.

4. Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles: 40,000 Status Miles in One Year

Aside from having some nice candy spots in its loyalty program, crediting paid flights on Star Alliance airways to Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles is without doubt one of the simpler methods to earn Star Alliance Gold standing.

In a 12-month interval, you’ll have to earn 40,000 Status Miles to achieve Elite standing, which is Turkish Airlines’s lowest tier for Star Alliance Gold standing. Your Elite standing will likely be legitimate for 2 years from the date of incomes, supplying you with loads of time to utilize it.

If you reside outdoors of Türkiye, you’ll solely have to earn 25,000 Status Miles within the first yr, or 37,500 Status Miles within the two-year membership interval, to resume the standing for an additional two years. Not solely is the bar already fairly low to earn Elite standing to start with, however sustaining it for an additional two years is pretty straightforward to do, too.

Turkish Airlines usually has very aggressive charges for paid flights, together with in enterprise class, which might imply that you could earn Star Alliance Gold rapidly and cheaply.

5. Status Match & Challenge Offers

You can all the time search for standing matches and standing challenges repeatedly provided by Star Alliance airways as a method to earn top-tier Star Alliance Gold standing.

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles deserves an one other point out because of their traditionally beneficiant standing matches and challenges. The Turkish Airlines standing match promotion often grants you Miles & Smiles Elite standing for 4 months, which then extends to at least one yr upon taking no less than one worldwide flight on Turkish Airlines. 

Therefore, when you have a paid worldwide Turkish Airlines flight developing, it might be worthwhile to search for a standing match alternative earlier than you’re set to depart.

Consider a standing match when you have a paid worldwide flight with Turkish Airlines developing

Always be looking out for another standing matches or challenges from different Star Alliance airways as properly. In earlier years, we’ve seen the whole lot from Copa Airlines to the now-defunct Avianca Brazil providing very beneficiant standing matches instantly to Star Alliance Gold, so there are probably extra “golden” alternatives to return.

6. Status Gifting

Some airline and lodge loyalty packages permit some members with top-tier standing to present a lower-tier standing to anybody of their selecting. In the context of North America, Air Canada is the one Star Alliance airline that enables members with Aeroplan 75K and Super Elite 100K members to present 35K or 50K standing, respectively, as one in all their Select Benefits.

Aeroplan 50K standing comes with Star Alliance Gold standing, which implies that you could truly earn it with out ever having set foot on a aircraft. Therefore, if you already know a Super Elite who may need a 50K standing present at their disposal, it is perhaps properly value your whereas to cozy up or prepare for an evening good out in town for them.

7. Chase Aeroplan Card: Elite Status Level Up

The US-issued Chase Aeroplan Card made fairly a splash upon its debut in late 2021. One of the numerous perks that the cardboard presents is the Elite Status Level Up, which permits cardholders to spice up their Air Canada Aeroplan Elite Status by one degree upon spending $50,000 (USD) in a calendar yr.

Getting to Aeroplan 50K standing, and due to this fact Star Alliance Gold Status, by way of the Elite Status Level Up would require you to earn Aeroplan 35K standing both organically or as a standing present from a 75K, after which meet the spending requirement to achieve Aeroplan 50K standing.

Spend $50,000 on the Chase Aeroplan Card in a calendar yr to degree up your Aeroplan Elite Status.

Keep in thoughts, nevertheless, that standing earned because of standing match isn’t eligible for Elite Status Level Up, and the boosted standing received’t be eligible for the next yr’s Level Up profit. In different phrases, you must earn 35K standing annually and spend $50,000 (USD) to be eligible for 50K and Star Alliance Gold.

Note that if you happen to organically earn Super Elite standing, after which spend $50,000 (USD) on the Chase Aeroplan Card, you’d earn the flexibility to present 50K standing to a different member in lieu of a Level Up profit.

8. HSBC Star Alliance Credit Card in Australia

If you occur to reside in Australia, or no less than when you have entry to Australian bank cards, then maybe the simplest strategy to earn Star Alliance Gold standing is by making use of for the HSBC Star Alliance Credit Card, which launched in November 2022.

As a part of its advantages, you’ll be granted with Star Alliance Gold standing after spending $4,000 (AUD) within the first three months of being a cardholder. The standing might be renewed annually by spending no less than $60,000 (AUD) in every cardholder yr, and whereas the spending requirement is a bit steep, if you happen to’re capable of meet it, it represents a very simple strategy to preserve standing with out ever retreating.

It will likely be attention-grabbing to see if Star Alliance rolls out comparable bank cards with comparable advantages in different markets over the approaching years.

9. Shangri-La Jade and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

There’s a probably profitable “backdoor” technique to Star Alliance Gold that’s solely obtainable if you happen to take pleasure in Shangri-La Jade standing, both by way of lodge stays or traditionally from the Amex Platinum Card. As of April 1, 2021, cardholders have now not been granted Shangri-La Jade standing, however if you happen to had Jade standing previous to then, the standing ought to have been prolonged by way of to December 31, 2022, because of the pandemic.

Shangri-La has made renewing Jade status very easy for 2022, by way of a focused promotion. If you’ve acquired the renewal provide, to take pleasure in Jade standing till December 31, 2023, which comes with free breakfast, room upgrades, 11am early check-in, and 4pm late check-out, you merely want to finish a keep, make a purchase order at a Shangri-La lodge, or purchase one thing value no less than $1 (USD) from the Shangri-La Boutique. 

The e-mail despatched out by Shangri-La even mentions shopping for a cup of espresso as a qualifying buy, so you should definitely examine your Shangri-La Golden Circle account to see when you have Jade standing, after which full an eligible transaction earlier than December 15, 2022.

Shangri-La and Singapore Airlines have a mutual partnership, the place holding Jade standing inside the Shangri-La program entitles you to an prompt bump to KrisFlyer Silver with Singapore Airlines, and thereby Star Alliance Silver. Furthermore, you’ll be able to then observe a reasonably easy standing problem for Star Alliance Gold. 

You’ll have to fly three segments on flights operated by Singapore Airlines or SilkAir inside 4 months of registration; it doesn’t matter what class of service you’re flying, how lengthy the flights are, and even what fare class you’re booked in. Rather, any three paid segments will do, however observe that factors bookings and codeshare flights don’t rely.

If you’re headed to South East Asia anytime quickly, a four-segment round-trip on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir might be booked for as little as round $250 between sure cities, and even if you happen to can’t work that into your journey organically, it’s positively a worth at which many would discover it worthwhile to “buy” Star Alliance Gold for the upcoming yr.

Just bear in mind to register for the promotion at most 4 months previous to your scheduled journey. 

Keep in thoughts, nevertheless, that the standing you earn through Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer will solely final for one yr, and in future years you’ll have to re-qualify the “normal” method (i.e., by racking up 50,000 qualifying miles by way of flying), so this problem will probably be a one-time affair for many of us. 


Star Alliance Gold standing received’t be helpful for everybody, particularly if you happen to are inclined to fly in enterprise class to start with. But whether or not it’s because of a scarcity of flexibility or award availability, we’ll all have to e book an financial system class ticket at one level eventually, and having Star Alliance Gold standing would imply precedence check-in, Gold Track safety, a drink within the lounge, and precedence boarding.

Generally talking, with Star Alliance Gold, the bottom expertise as an financial system flyer improves vastly. In the overwhelming majority of instances, getting there would require a little bit of leg work, however with some strategic crediting of paid flights, a sort buddy, or the fitting bank card, you’ll be able to get hold of Star Alliance Gold standing with out assembly all the standard necessities.

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