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Least Expensive Sapphire Status? (non-AA)

Least Expensive Sapphire Status? (non-AA)

Old Apr 5, 18, 12:13 am
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Least Expensive Sapphire Status? (non-AA)

What oneworld program is likely to offer the least expensive route to Sapphire on a multi-year basis? That means taking status duration into account if timed right (e.g. qualification in January that is good until January two years later). It also means getting lots of qualifying points off fare sales in specified classes, and/or distance-based qualification.

Any nominees? Thanks.
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Old Apr 8, 18, 5:13 pm
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Noting your CA location, If you can get four (eligible=earning) QF or Jetstar marketed flight a year then Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold (Sapphire)can be had for < $2000.
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Old Apr 8, 18, 10:40 pm
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May be possible to match to BA Silver with your UA *G, which I did a long time ago. Then, just 600 tier points per year to renew. If you're looking for domestic AC access, it's definitely less expensive to get the CC or get the membership.
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Old Apr 9, 18, 7:22 am
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Location: Penang, Malaysia
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I'll be hitting BA Silver (OW Sapphire) with relatively little spend. My family decided to celebrate my father's 70th birthday in Paris, so I decided to go for BA Silver along the way.

Return BA premium economy ticket from KUL to CDG via LHR: 220 TP + 4 BA flights
~1400 USD

Return MH business class ticket from PEN to ICN via KUL: 360 TP
~800 USD

and a pair of OKA-ISG tickets on JL got me over the 600 TP mark.
~200 USD

Total spend about 2400 USD but these were trips that we were planning to take anyway, no TP runs.
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Old Apr 13, 18, 2:43 pm
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Originally Posted by rbAA View Post
If you're looking for domestic AC access, it's definitely less expensive to get the CC or get the membership.
Sapphire will now get you Flagship Lounge access which can't be bought, so an added benefit.
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