Aegean Airlines is certainly one of the better airlines in Europe. If you have flown on them before, you know the service is excellent and even the food is good – even in economy. I mean, who gets a breakfast food on a 40 minute flight somewhere else?!
Cheap Aegean Fares Around Europe
Aegean Airlines has seen some changes to their frequent flyer program over the last year and that has made the program irrelevant for many US-based flyers that once held the Aegean Gold status for Star Alliance Gold. But, if you had Gold status last year, you have it still through January of 2016 so you have some benefits you may just want to use up before your status lapses.
If you have plans to come to Europe, or specifically Greece, over the next several months, you can take advantage of some sale fares that Aegean runs quite often. This time, they are marketing it for their 16th anniversary as they have some great domestic fares and even better international fares – up to 40% off all their international destinations.
Since they are adding more destinations all the time, this could give you a great way to make your way around Europe and the Middle East at a fraction of the cost it might cost with other airlines or at regular prices. Sure, some of the destinations are also served by low cost carriers like EasyJet and Ryanair but if you value a better flying experience or you have Aegean status, it is definitely worth the extra couple of dollars to fly Aegean.
Fares As Low As €30 On International Routes
If you make your way to Greece on your European trip, Thessaloniki will likely be the cheapest airport to fly out of to any of its direct connection cities in Europe (over Athens). The flight is slightly shorter, the airport is smaller and easier to manage, and the tickets themselves are cheaper. For instance, you can fly from Thessaloniki to Munich for as low as €30 oneway! That is a pretty good price!
Here are the details on this sale:
- Must book by June 3
- 30% off international destinations for travel from September 14 – October 31
- 40% off international destinations for travel from November 1 – March 26
- Sale fares on domestic routes from September 14 – March 26
Why This Matters For US-Based Flyers
Business Class Upgrades
If you currently have Aegean Gold status, you have received 4 business class upgrades. While inter-European business class is not the best, it is certainly better than coach from a space/service/food standpoint. If you buy any of these very cheap fares, you can easily call in and upgrade to business class on that ticket! That means business class for as low as €30, if you have the upgrades! That is great!
Considering that there are many Aegean flights in excess of 3 hours long, getting a business class upgrade for those flights can be pretty nice. To find out more about your business class upgrades, check out this post.
Get Your Aegean Flights For Requalifying
But it also matters if you are wanting to requalify for Aegean Gold for 2016. In order to requalify, you need to fly 24,000 miles (not all partner/Aegean miles credit at 100%) in a year (ending November 24). If you fly only 4 Aegean flights, that number drops to 12,000 miles in the year. Find out more about the program here.
If you are visiting Europe anyway, just grab some of these cheap fares and enjoy the great Greek cuisine and beaches while knocking out your 4 Aegean flights. If you are connecting through Athens to another Greek city, you will have 2 flights right there. Book it as a roundtrip and you have all 4 flights. That leaves you with only 12,000 miles to retain your Star Alliance Gold status!
If you have plans to visit Europe over the next several months, be sure to check out these sale prices. You can get some great value on a great airline at low prices and use your business class upgrades at the same time!