The only elite airline status I ever easily qualified for was with Aegean, thanks to the business class error fare of 2012.
Now Aegean has made changes to the way we can all achieve and keep Star Alliance Gold status.
I rarely fly long-haul on paid tickets, so the most common way for me to actually get miles credited to my account is when my award ticket gets changed because of IRROPS.
Now Aegean requires 24,000 accrued miles plus at least 4 Aegean or Olympic flights to qualify for Gold. For re-qualification A3 requires 12,000 miles + 4 flights on Aegean or Olympic Airways or 24,000 miles solely on Star Alliance partners from the date of your upgrade or renewal.
I have yet to make a redemption with my accrued Aegean miles. You do pay full fuel surcharges and are only allowed one connection for the outbound or inbound. The best redemptions are usually anywhere UA/AC fly to Mexico/Canada.
Turkish Airlines Miles and Smiles has a good award chart, especially on Turkish Airlines (esp. 5th freedom Turkish routes). Now that I'm Miles & Smiles, I need just 37,500 miles within two years to re-qualify!
Until about a couple of months ago this was crazy-easy with one of the cheap W fares that Turkish has. However, they earn just 25% now (but zero on most other programs).
What you need to do for a status match?
Use this form to send the latest statement and a snap of your Gold card together with your Miles & Smiles membership number.
In my case it took just a week for the status match.