Traveling to Greece

Aegean Launches Flight Passes – Great for Travel to/in Greece!

Written by Charlie

Want to visit Greece or see more of it? Check out the new AEGEAN Pass that lets you buy bundles of flights to or around Greece!

Buying a flight pass can be a great way to save some money without needing flexibility. Aegean Airlines, the airline of Greece, has such a pass for sale now – the AEGEAN Pass. It could save you some nice money and get you good deals!

The New AEGEAN Pass – Prepay for Flights

Link: New AEGEAN Pass

Let’s get to it right away – Aegean Airlines will sell you an AEGEAN Pass that comes in 6 flights or 10 flight options. These work for specific routes and you will still need to pay the airport taxes when you actually redeem for a particular flight.

The pricing varies based on how far ahead you are comfortable booking. For example, you can choose a 30 day option, 7 day option or even a 0 day option! That means, with the 0 day option, you could decide that day that you want to fly someplace with your Pass (the “where” depends on the pass you purchased) and off you go! In fact, the AEGEAN Pass comes with last seat features – meaning if there is one seat left in economy, it is yours!

AEGEAN Pass Route Options

Some of the options with the AEGEAN Pass

Here are the various flight pass options you can purchase:

  • Athens – London, Paris, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Munich, Frankfurt, Geneva, Zurich, Larnaka (select Athens and one of those cities for a Single Route pass)
  • Thessaloniki – Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Munich, Frankfurt (select Thessaloniki and one of those cities for a Single Route pass)
  • Athens & Thessaloniki – Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Munich, and Frankfurt (fly from Athens or Thessaloniki to any of those cities as the AEGEAN Pass: Germany)
  • Athens – Geneva and Zurich (fly from Athens to both cities as part of the AEGEAN Pass: Switzerland)
  • Athens – Tirana, Sofia, Bucharest, Belgrade (fly from Athens to all of these cities as part of the AEGEAN Pass: Balkans)
  • Athens – Thessaloniki, Santorini, Mykonos, Chania, Heraklion, Rhodes, Corfu, Alexandroupoli, Mitilene (fly from Athens to any one of those cities for a Single Route pass or to all of them as part of the AEGEAN Pass: Greece)

Plus, you can go either way – so, if you buy Athens – London, you can fly either 6 or 10 flights total between those two cities, not just from Athens.

Other Benefits of the AEGEAN Pass

In addition to the fact that you have no blackout dates for your flights, you get other benefits with each flight also. If you book the 6 flight AEGEAN Pass, you get free standard seat selection (which would normally cost, the price is dependent on the flight) or 50% off for upfront seat selection.

If you bump up to the 10 flight AEGEAN Pass, you get free standard or upfront seating and 30% off for extra baggage. This could be great if you plan this out for several trips to or around Greece in a year.

Also, every AEGEAN Pass comes with 1 carry on cabin baggage and a personal item.

Changes, Expiration, and Miles

So, you have 12 months to use the pass from the day you purchase (which is part of why this is such a good deal – Aegean knows that some of the passes will go unused). If you need to change a flight date after booking a flight from your pass, you can do that for free. You get unlimited changes for free. But, your change must coincide with your pre-selected advance purchase time. This means that if you purchased the 30 day advanced purchase package, you cannot change a flight so that you depart in 5 days from now.

As for miles, this could be a huge plus for people that still have Aegean Gold or Silver since it lets you earn award and tier miles on each flight. The miles are awarded at the max level for the Economy Class Flex care. So, let’s say you purchase London – Athens for 30 day advance notice and 6 flights. This will cost you €468 (plus any airport taxes). You will earn from 2,242 miles each flight. That would total over 12,000 miles and give you 6 Aegean flights which is more than enough to retain Aegean Gold for another year. So, you could do that just with buying and flying a Pass!

Is the AEGEAN Pass a Good Deal?

For anyone that loves flying to Greece AND if you live in Europe, I think the AEGEAN Pass is a really nice deal for you. The reason is that you do not need to shop cheap price deals but can instead buy something like a 6 flight pass and know you get 3 roundtrips to Greece in the next 12 months. Considering what flights can cost in the summer, this could be a huge deal!

If you are planning on spending some time in Greece, for example, Athens, having the Greek flight option could be a great way to base in Athens and then bounce around to all the various islands. Buying a 10 flight pass would let you have 5 separate trips to various island locations. Again, in the summer, this could be very expensive but you would pay a flat price right now.

For anyone that wants to renew Aegean Gold (which is half the miles needed if you can fly 4 Aegean flights), this is a easy way to grab those flights now. Yes, you still need to fly them but if you do not know when you will be in Greece and you would rather pre-pay now, grab a 6 pack and then bounce around when you are in Greece.

But, remember that airport charges are extra. Depending on the airports you are using, this could be significant so make sure you check it out by booking a dummy booking on Aegean to check what the airport charges are ahead of time. I checked on my pass and the airport taxes out of Thessaloniki are €19 and out of Athens they are €31.

Also remember that the AEGEAN Pass only works for one person. If you are flying as a couple, you will need to each purchase a pass (or the other person could just buy their tickets and no have to purchase a pass – they wouldn’t HAVE to buy a pass just to fly with you).

For Aegean, this is a smart way to get cash in their pockets now as they are coming out of the intense pressure that Covid put on them while giving you seats on flights in the future. Plus, I am sure that half of the buyers will not use their entire pass so that shoves the per-flight-cost up a bit more and that makes it an even better deal for Aegean.

If used right, you could definitely get your money’s worth out of this. I already purchased a flight pass as this will be a great way for me to get around on flights I would actually have to make later.

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About the author

Charlie

Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

8 Comments

  • You mention Golds using this to hit their renewals. Another use would be to jump-start a Blue member, even a brand new one, into Silver and well on their way to (or even earning) Gold with a 6-pass.

    A new A3 member in the US could get to a non-Greek European city earning A3 miles on a *A partner, then to Greece on A3, spend a week hopping around Greece with a 6-flight 7-day pass, and return via A3 & the partner. By the end of everything I have trouble picturing how they wouldn’t have enough miles for Silver, possibly even Gold, using the reduced requirements because they were flying A3 metal, and achieving Gold wouldn’t be hard since they already had their A3 flights done. Just credit partner miles to A3.

    I can see tons of other ways to use the passes.

    • Excellent points! I am working on another post now to highlight some of the ways to use this. I am actually really excited about the potential as well since these flights typically cost much more in the summer and the closer you get to departure so this could make a great way to efficiently strategize and price plan to get to Silver or Gold.

  • I am very interested in Aegean Pass in order to easily maintain my Gold status. I live in Bulgaria, so I am considering to buy the combined pass between ATH and SOF,BEG,OTP,TIA. However I have few big questions:
    1. Do you think (or can you check) if I will be able to book in this case Sofia – Tirana (via Athens) on the same ticket?
    ***and If YES, then:
    2. Is this going to cost me 1 or 2 flights from my 6-flights Aegean Pass?
    3. Will this booking be possible as One-Way or Multi-Leg option?

    It is very important for me, because the taxes of SOF are relatively low (around 12 EUR) and in case of flight connection the taxes at ATH are much lower also. At the same time I will have guaranteed flight connection and will be able to skip long connection time at ATH (I used this airport around 100 times…).

    Thank you!

    • Hi, Stoyan – No, you have to book each segment of a pass separately as they are nonstop flights only. So, you would need to do Sofia – Athens (one redemption) and then Athens – Tirana (another redemption).
      I totally get the tax part, especially since ATH taxes are pretty steep.
      As for the flight connections, if you purchase the 0 day option, you can move your flights around for free day of. But, I know that is a much more expensive option also.
      Another way you could do it cheaper would be to buy the Greek pass and just spend a day or two hitting the different islands and back and repeat! 🙂

  • Hi Charlie
    Thank you for sharing your insights. I’m a bit intrigue about the awarded mileage as Aegean double the mileage of each flight/segment with the Pass? For the same class ie Eco Flex the Pass double the accrual mileage? The Pass is a good deal during peak season otherwise price wise the lower fare is better as the airport taxes are included. But the accual mileage is worth considering.
    Best regards

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