Old Aug 12, 19, 8:29 am
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flyquiet
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Programs: AC Altitude E75K (*G), NEXUS
Posts: 4,354
I did not mean to give the impression they are separate. They are not. They are nested, if you will. Altitude exists INSIDE Aeroplan.
Only the actual Star Alliance flying miles in the previous calendar year count toward status (lounge access, priority boarding).
As long as they have not expired, all the miles older than that can still be spent or redeemed (on flights or toasters) but they do not affect status. Your friend can still spend the miles as long as he earns or spends something every year to keep the account open.
No matter how much older flying (before the previous year) or how much non-flying spending in the previous year (Aeroplan Black/Silver/Diamond), you cannot have Altitude Prestige or Elite (Star Alliance Silver or Gold) without the miles in the one qualifying year (and the required Air Canada dollars).
He will NEVER have "status" for lounge purposes or priority boarding unless he gets over 25,000 FLYING miles in the same year. He will NEVER have Star Alliance GOLD status unless he gets over 50,000 FLYING miles in the same year. When the status starts depends on what time of the year those mileages are passed. Sometimes status starts immediately, and other times it starts March 1 of the following year.
I hope that helped to clarify and did not add more confusion.
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