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7 Sweet Spots with Aegean Miles+Bonus – Great Deals for Premium Awards!

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Written by Charlie

If you want to take advantage of some awesome award sweet spots around the world, the Aegean Miles+Bonus progrma can give those to you! Check out what you can do with their miles and how to get them easily!

Aegean Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance and as such, there are a lot of great ways to use their miles to fly throughout the world. There is a lot of value to gain with this Greek airline program and with the current sale, I have received many questions about what could be done with Aegean miles. Here are 5 sweet spots with the Aegean Miles+Bonus program that you could take advantage of.

Read More: 4 Reasons to Consider Aegean for Premium Awards

7 Sweet Spots with Aegean Miles+Bonus

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Link: Great 50% Bonus for Aegean Miles

Some of the beauty with Aegean’s award chart has to do with their classification of which countries lie in which regions. This opens up a lot of value for premium cabins in these regions.

Some Things to Know:

  • Fuel surcharges are passed on to the customer (this means that the fees could be high when flying from the US to Europe – non-fee/low-fee airlines would be SAS, LOT, United, and Turkish)
  • You are allowed one connection (it can last up to 24 hours)
  • While awards can be booked online, you may need to call in for some (their award engine is not good, it is easier to search on United and then come back to book on Aegean)
Business Class Between North America and Europe – 45,000 Miles

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While United Airlines will charge you 70,000 miles to fly Turkish Airlines business class between the US and Europe, Aegean will charge you just 45,000 miles and about $200 in taxes and fees (maybe a little more if you start in the US).

This gets even better when you consider which countries Aegean puts in the North America region. In addition to the US, Canada, and Mexico, they have put every country in the Caribbean in the region as well. This opens up some great islands that you can fly from/to and Europe. This would include a stop in the US before connecting to Europe.

Business Class Between the US and Israel – 45,000 Miles

This one is so good that it deserves a mention of its own, even though it could have been included in the sweet spot above. This is because Aegean puts Europe and North Africa together and North Africa happens to include Israel! 🙂

business class to Israel for just 45,000 miles

The elusive United flight that flies non-stop to Israel!

United would charge 85,000 miles for their own non-stop business class between the US and Israel (hard to find but it is possible from time-to-time). Aegean will charge you just 45,000 miles! If you cannot find availability on the United non-stop, definitely consider connecting with Turkish Airlines (availability with them can be pretty good). If you connect with a Lufthansa group airline, you will be paying fuel surcharges.

First Class Between North America and Europe – 60,000 Miles
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My comfy ride to NY – Lufthansa First Class!

This one is just so good, it deserves its own sweet spot! This is because you get to redeem for something like Lufthansa First Class for just 60,000 miles one way! This same award would require almost double the amount of miles with United Airlines miles! Just remember, you are going to have to pay surcharges which can be very expensive. To minimize that, fly from Europe to the US (see why this is a great idea anyway).

Business Class (or First Class) in Asia – 21,000 Miles
Courtesy of Thai Airways

Thai Airways business class

I wrote about this the other day so check out that post for more details, but this sweet spot really opens up the best Asian airlines and their business class cabins for just 21,000 miles! This is an awesome deal as it can give you routes that would total over 7 hours in some really sweet business class cabins. Also, there are no fuel surcharges for these flights so the taxes are around/under $30.

Economy Class Around North America – 12,500 Miles | Business Class Around North America – 21,000 Miles

This is a great one if you want to use United to bounce around the US and not pay the annoying $75 close-in booking fee that United would charge if you are under 21 days before the flight. It is also great to take advantage of things like flights between Alaska and the Caribbean (if you wanted the enjoy the extreme of temperatures!).

If you wanted to fly transcontinental business class on United, United would charge you 35,000 for their premium cabins. You could save 14,000 miles by using Aegean miles instead.

Business Class from North America to Central and South Africa – 55,000 Miles

Here is one that can be really great! While United charges 80,000 miles, Aegean will get you to South Africa and the whole central/south African region for just 55,000 miles. This is like the old US Airways award program!

For some reason, Star Alliance carriers like to charge a hefty amount for travel to Africa but you can really get a great value out of your Aegean miles with this kind of redemption.

Economy and Business Class in Oceania – 12,500 Miles in Economy | 21,000 Miles in Business

While the Oceanic region does not have a lot of Star Alliance presence, Air New Zealand is based there and that can be helpful. The beauty of this sweet spot is the amount of territory that Aegean’s regional classification gives you. Here are the countries they list as being in Oceania: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Micronesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Wake Island, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Easter Island, French Polynesia, Niue, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Wallis and Futuna.

Some of these places can be expensive to fly to but with economy flights at just 12,500 miles and business class being at 21,000 miles, there are some great deals to be had!

My big request is for a Star Alliance carrier to fly to Easter Island! Aegean has Easter Island in Oceania and that would be an awesome redemption for sure!

Getting Aegean Miles

While you can credit all of your Star Alliance flights to Aegean (and some credit at nice percentages), there are some other great ways to accrue Aegean miles as well. Aegean will give you 1,000 miles just for signing up. You can transfer miles to other people for just 15€. If you are a Silver or Gold member, you can create a Together Account and pool all the miles from up to 5 other people.

Also, Marriott points transfer at a rate of 3:1 with a 5,000 mile bonus for every 60,000 points transferred (which means that 60,000 Marriott points equal 25,000 Aegean miles). Finally, you can buy them when they have bonus promos like this 50% bonus one.

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About the author


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.


  • hI, i had a question. I don’t see anywhere on Aegean award chart 45000 miles. Where do you see that on their webpage? Also there destinations don’t cover US cities when you use their booking online.

    • The chart shows roundtrip prices. The miles I listed were for one way. Sorry I didn’t make that clear! Also, the booking engine does show US cities but not all by their airport codes (for example, O’Hare is CHI). If you cannot find the right airport, you can call in and book it. Just search’s booking engine first to find availability (make sure you are not logged in because if you have the United card or elite status, it will give better availability) and then call Aegean to book.

      • Sounds good my friend. Nice deal this is. Keep up the good work. I have been in the game for 6 years now flying business for taxes and fees only as well as a lot of hotel nights free. Keep up the good work

  • Charlie,

    I am planning a trip to Israel next summer so your post gave me some great ideas. I have registered on Aegian and will look for ways to earn those miles. When I go to the Aegean website I do not see any US departure cities. Could you advice where I could look up the Aegean miles cost of e.g. business class from the East Coast to Tel Aviv?


    • It is 45,000 miles from the US to Israel in business class, one way. The US cities are on the drop down box (not all of them) but the best way to do it is to search on United and then call in to Aegean. Their call center is very good and I often have the reservation booked in less than 5 minutes.
      Just do not sign-in to your United account (if you are a cardholder or elite member, you will have expanded availability) when you search. Also remember that, with Aegean, you only get one connection/layover/stopover. So, you may need to fly from a major airport in the US to a connecting airport in Europe if there is no availability on the direct with United. If you have to fly with Swiss, Lufthansa, or Austrian in business to connect, you will pay hefty surcharges. Look for Turkish (around $220 from the US in taxes) or SAS, LOT (which has great availability) or United for no surcharges.

  • Great post. One thing that just occurred to me is that there might be a great combination using Aegean to Egypt, which is normally considered the Middle East, then flying to Asia on another program.

  • Charlie, the website doesn’t show when you go to purchase the award miles the bonus amount. Is this offer over. It says 2359 31 October 2018. I wanted 26000 miles and it just says 26000 miles and 650 euro.

    • I just checked and saw that as well. I would say to give them a call and let them process it over the phone. The site clearly says that it is through tonight so you should definitely still be able to do it.
      It’s back up and running again!

      • Yes Charlie they fixed it maybe my email to them alerted them. I just purchased them. Thanks alot