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Lifetime status by airline -- attempted summary

Old Aug 9, 2016, 6:53 am
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Sky Team
  • AF/KL: Lifetime Platinum (ST E+) after 10 consecutive years of membership at the Platinum level
  • DL: Lifetime Gold (ST E+), then Platinum (ST E+), then Diamond (ST E+) and finally DL 360 (ST E+) after 1M, 2M, 3M and 5MM respectively of Butt in Seat miles, i.e. from any ST flights. Any existing MM balance will be honored at 1:1 ratio
  • KE: Morning Calm Premium (ST E+) @ 500,000 miles on any ST flights; Lifetime Million Miler (ST E+) after 1M miles on any ST flights; the SKYPASS program changes on 1 February 2024, so lifetime tiers are only achievable until then
  • VS: Lifetime Gold after earning 7500 tier points AND 10 years consecutive Gold status.
Star Alliance
  • AC: on AC metal flights only--lifetime 50K (Elite) (*G) after 1M miles; lifetime 75K after 2M miles; lifetime 100K (SuperElite) after 3M miles
  • AV: Member must earn 1MM (Lifetime Gold, *G) via AV and affiliate metal, be 60 years of age AND be a LifeMiles or previous program member for 15 years. 2MM gives Lifetime Diamond. Program is called CENIT
  • CA: Lifetime Platinum (*G) after 1M kms on CA-coded flights only
  • LH: Lifetime FTL (*S) after 30,000 QP(qualifying points). Lifetime Senator (*G) after 40,000 QP(qualifying points).
  • MS: Lifetime Platinum (*G) after 1M miles on MS flights (or all *A flights ??)
  • NH: 500k (NH Metal) - , 1MM (NH Metal) - (1)No mileage expiration, (2)Superflyers Card, 2MM/3MM (NH Metal) - (3)F Suite lounge access on NH Metal and (1) and (2)
  • OZ: Lifetime Diamond Plus (*G) after 500,000 miles on *A flights/ 500 OZ's flights. Lifetime Platinum after 1M *A flights/ 1k OZ's flights
  • SA: Lifetime Platinum (*G) after 6 consecutive years of membership at the Platinum level or alternatively: 720 000 SAA Tier Miles** during a minimum of 4 consecutive years and to a maximum of 6 consecutive years on Platinum status by earning at least 120 000 SAA Tier Miles in each year
  • SK : Lifetime Gold (*G) after 10 consecutive years of membership at Gold or higher level
  • UA: Lifetime Gold (*G), Platinum (*G), 1K (*G), GS (*G) after 1M, 2M, 3M, 4M respectively, but only flown on UA/UAX metal (no longer CM). MM's may share their current status (if higher than their MM tier) with one companion.
Oneworld
  • AA: Lifetime Gold (OW Ruby), Platinum (OW Sapphire) after 1M, 2M miles (BiS only; used to be all miles earned before Dec 2011)
  • AS: 1MM earns lifetime MVP Gold (OW Sapphire) and Gold 75K (OW Emerald) at 2MM. AS metal only. MM's receive complimentary meals in Main Cabin as well as an annual boost of 20 000 Elite Qualifying miles. MM's may share their current status (if higher than their MM tier) with one companion.
  • AY: Lifetime Gold (OW Sapphire) 2M tier points; Lifetime Platinum (OW Emerald) after 3.3M tier points
  • BA: Lifetime Gold (OW Emerald) at 35,000 tier points; Lifetime GGL at 100,000 tier points
  • IB: Lifetime Infinita (OW Emerald) 125,000 Elite Points since you signed up to the Iberia Plus programme; Infinita Prime (OW Emerald) 200,000 Elite Points
  • QF: Lifetime Silver (OW Ruby) after 7,000 status credits: Lifetime Gold (OW Sapphire) after 14,000 status credits; Lifetime Platinum (OW Emerald) after 75,000 status credits
  • JL: Lifetime OW Sapphire with JAL Global Club Three Star or higher (1500 Life Status Points)
Non aligned airlines
  • LY: ​​The Matmid Frequent Flyer Club awards lifelong Gold membership to members aged 67 and over, they held Gold, Platinum or Top Platinum member​ship through consecutive 10 years​.​
  • PR: Mabuhay Miles Million Miler membership is earned by those who collect 1 000 000 tier miles
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Lifetime status by airline -- attempted summary

Old Jul 20, 2022, 2:50 am
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VN's Million Miler Tier

Hi All,

Would like to tap the forum for some advice / ideas regarding VN’s FPP (LotusMiles).

While doing some research to compare SkyTeam FPPs, came across a “Million milers” tier for VN which mentions “Million milers will receive a 5-year Platinum card with many attractive SkyPriority privileges of Vietnam Airlines.” Amongst the benefits are STE+ extra baggage etc.

Does anyone have experience as to how it works?

E.g., is it for practical purposes another tier with an open-ended time frame to earn and a 5-year time frame to requalify (assuming one wants to retain the tier)?

Or do they grant renewals at their discretion every 5 years (a sort of pseudo lifetime tier)?
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Old Aug 4, 2022, 10:52 am
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Originally Posted by TravelExperience
Hi All,

While doing some research to compare SkyTeam FPPs, came across a “Million milers” tier for VN which mentions “Million milers will receive a 5-year Platinum card with many attractive SkyPriority privileges of Vietnam Airlines.” Amongst the benefits are STE+ extra baggage etc.

Does anyone have experience as to how it works?

E.g., is it for practical purposes another tier with an open-ended time frame to earn and a 5-year time frame to requalify (assuming one wants to retain the tier)?

Or do they grant renewals at their discretion every 5 years (a sort of pseudo lifetime tier)?
I was going to ask the exact same question.
I looked for any lifetime mention on the website but I only saw that "5 years" Platinum perk with additional "Meet and Greet" benefit at VN airports. Totally unclear about what will happen after those 5 years.
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Old Dec 24, 2022, 9:14 pm
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Originally Posted by welltravelled88
Hello everyone. I tried this some years ago, will try again now. I see that there are numerous threads on lifetime top elite FF status but none too comprehensive I think.

So, I will attempt a brief summary to see if I got this right - so, please go ahead and correct me ! I will then edit this post on the basis of the info received in later posts. I will do this only for the three major alliances, as I guess this is what most of us are in for. I will also only focus, in a concise manner, on the highest attainable tier by alliance, i.e. Elite Plus for ST, Gold for *A, and Sapphire for OW (on the understanding that OW Emerald is not available for lifetime in any manner, right ?).


Sky Team (to attain ST Elite Plus status)

* AF/KL: Lifetime Platinum after 10 consecutive years of membership at the Platinum level

* DL: Lifetime Platinum after 4M "Medallion Qualifying Miles", i.e. from any ST flights

* KE: Lifetime Million Miler after 1M miles on any ST flights

My assessment: If one does plan to qualify for AF/KL FB Platinum for 10 years, that's best. If not, KE is also very good.


Star Alliance (to attain *A Gold status)

* BM: Lifetime Gold after 10 consecutive years of membership at the Gold level

* CA: Lifetime Platinum after 1M kms on CA-coded flights only

* MS: Lifetime Platinum after 1M miles on MS flights (or all *A flights ??)

* OZ: Lifetime Platinum after 1M miles on Star Alliance flights

* SA: Lifetime Platinum after 6 consecutive years of membership at the Platinum level

* UA: Lifetime Premier Executive after 1 million miles on UA or CM only

My assessment: If one plans to fly enough for 10 or 6 years, BM and SA are good. Otherwise, OZ is the most achievable. UA is good but only if you fly UA/CM.

Comment and question: It should be noted that many of the above however are not flagship carriers (e.g. BM, CO, OZ, UA), while some are (e.g. MS, SA, not sure about the status of CA). The way airlines are going, I would rely more on the flagship carriers, e.g. MS and SA have a higher chance of continuing to exist, than BM, OZ, or even CO and UA. What do you think ?

Question: does anyone know whether *A plans to introduce anything higher than *A Gold, since so many *A members have two or more tiers that are equivalent to *A Gold ?


One World (to attain OW Sapphire status)

* AA: Lifetime Platinum after 2M miles from any source [However, NB: as AA Platinum, you get no lounge access in AA lounges when travelling on AA domestically, while you would get access as OW Sapphire with another airline]

* QF: Lifetime Gold after 14,000 status credits

Assessment: AA is quite easy to achieve. QF is good for those down under.

Question: Am I correct that there is no way to attain lifetime OW Emerald ?


Please send corrections etc so we can update this.
Wow, I didn't realize airlines had lifetime, only hotel chains. Have to get started while you're young it would seem.
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Old Mar 20, 2024, 7:51 am
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Updated DL to reflect their new MM system. Their invitation-only status (DL 360) is attainable at 5MM BIS.

As SK will leave *A, it'll be interesting what'll happen to their LTG's. Especially if they merge with Flying Blue (Only speculation on my part)
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Old Apr 1, 2024, 9:23 am
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Originally Posted by miamiflyer8
Updated DL to reflect their new MM system. Their invitation-only status (DL 360) is attainable at 5MM BIS.

As SK will leave *A, it'll be interesting what'll happen to their LTG's. Especially if they merge with Flying Blue (Only speculation on my part)

Hey what about AY and JL? Hope I am not disturbing

Last edited by TravelExperience; Apr 1, 2024 at 9:23 am Reason: typo
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Old Apr 1, 2024, 9:44 am
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Originally Posted by TravelExperience
Hey what about AY and JL? Hope I am not disturbing
AY seems to have decreased their requirements from 3M to 2M for Gold (OW Sapphire) and 5M to 3.3M for Platinum (OW Emerald)

Added the new JL requirements, more in New status programme (launching in January 2024)
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Old Apr 1, 2024, 11:27 am
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Originally Posted by gudugan
AY seems to have decreased their requirements from 3M to 2M for Gold (OW Sapphire) and 5M to 3.3M for Platinum (OW Emerald)

Added the new JL requirements, more in New status programme (launching in January 2024)
Originally Posted by TravelExperience
Hey what about AY and JL? Hope I am not disturbing
Thank you both for pointing that out!
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Old Apr 2, 2024, 11:25 pm
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Originally Posted by dfwchamorro
Wow, I didn't realize airlines had lifetime, only hotel chains. Have to get started while you're young it would seem.
Just taken me 31 years with BA!
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Old Apr 3, 2024, 7:59 am
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Originally Posted by Midships
Just taken me 31 years with BA!
Do you have Lifetime Gold or lifetime GGL? Can't imagine how many years it'll take for the latter
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Old Apr 7, 2024, 3:58 am
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Originally Posted by ofj
Do you have Lifetime Gold or lifetime GGL? Can't imagine how many years it'll take for the latter
35,000 TPs for Lifetime Gold with BA.
Or a laughable 75,000 SCs for Lifetime Platinum with QF. Both will give you Lifetime OW Emerald.
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Old Apr 7, 2024, 9:04 am
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Originally Posted by Mr Enthused
35,000 TPs for Lifetime Gold with BA.
Or a laughable 75,000 SCs for Lifetime Platinum with QF. Both will give you Lifetime OW Emerald.
so you can aim for lifetime GGL as the next step, then!
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Old Apr 7, 2024, 4:42 pm
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Originally Posted by ofj
so you can aim for lifetime GGL as the next step, then!
At this rate, I'll be BA LTG in about 23 years
When QF introduced their LTP, I was already 2 years in as a QFF, so that was the final nail and I parachuted out.
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Old Apr 9, 2024, 6:00 pm
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Hi all,

I was looking at lifetime programs that counts partner flights as well, and it seems that only oneworld (QF, BA and AY) and SkyTeam (DL and KE) have such programs; no Star Alliance program (I am not counting Asiana since they will be acquired very shortly) offers this.

It seems like KE has been thinking about changing up their lifetime program too, so I suppose for SkyTeam it is safest to bank with DL?
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Old Apr 10, 2024, 6:00 pm
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Originally Posted by CX HK
so I suppose for SkyTeam it is safest to bank with DL?
Flying Blue count partner flights too, for all purposes of status earning (including lifetime status)
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