Greece is one of the world’s most politically important places of all time. Touted as the birthplace of democracy and the inventor of the Olympic Games, Greece has solidified its place as one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations.
And if you’re contemplating going to Greece, you’ll probably hear of Aegean Airlines, the flag carrier airline of Greece. Headquartered in Athens, this Star Alliance partner offers critical connection opportunities to the Mediterranean country.
Aegean Airlines was founded in 1987 under a different name, Aegean Aviation. And as time progressed, Aegean Airlines cemented itself as an essential regional airline. As a result, Aegean Airlines doesn’t operate any long-haul, wide-body aircraft.
Aegean Airlines’ loyalty program is known as Miles+Bonus, but it’s pronounced as “miles and bonus.” Miles+Bonus miles, also referred to as Aegean Airlines miles or Aegean miles, are part of a unique frequent flyer program with some fascinating redemption sweet spots.
Before we go into great detail about how you can maximize Miles+Bonus miles, let’s dig deep into the best ways you can earn lots of them!
Sign up for an Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus Account
Before we dive deep into all the best ways to amass Aegean miles quickly, the first thing you need to do is create a Miles+Bonus account. If you don’t have a Miles+Bonus account, you won’t have anywhere to store your miles!
You can follow these steps to register with Miles+Bonus:
- Visit the Miles+Bonus registration page
- Fill out the online form to register for Miles+Bonus
- You will have 2 registration options: Miles+Bonus and Basic; choose Miles+Bonus if you want to earn and redeem miles
- You’ll receive a welcome email with your Miles+Bonus information that will contain your Miles+Bonus account number that you will use whenever you wish to earn miles
Hot Tip: Aegean Airlines offers 1,000 welcome miles when you create a Miles+Bonus account, so this is an excellent way to jumpstart your mileage earning!
Now that your Miles+Bonus account has been created, all you have to do is enter your Miles+Bonus account number when you’re booking online flight reservations on Aegean Airlines, United Airlines, and all other eligible partners!
Earn Aegean Miles With Credit Cards
Aegean Miles+Bonus isn’t 1:1 transfer partners with any major transferable currency. As a result, it won’t be as easy as earning United MileagePlus miles or earning Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Virgin Points, but we’ve still got plenty of ways to earn miles.
Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards
Aegean Miles+Bonus is a transfer partner with Marriott Bonvoy. You can transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to Miles+Bonus at a 3:1 ratio. This means that for every 3 Marriott Bonvoy points transferred, you will get 1 Aegean mile.
Also, you will receive a bonus of 5,000 Aegean miles for every 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points you transfer to Miles+Bonus. That means if you transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to Miles+Bonus, you will earn 25,000 miles instead of 20,000 miles.
Transfers to Aegean Miles+Bonus will take around 3 business days to process.
Refer a Friend for Bonus Miles
Because Chase and American Express both issue Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit cards, it’s easy to earn bonus Marriott Bonvoy points without making any additional purchases, particularly by using referral programs.
Chase’s referral program functions a bit differently from American Express’. With Chase’s referral program, you must refer from a Marriott Bonvoy credit card.
That means that as long as you have either the Marriott Boundless card or the Marriott Bold card, you will earn a referral bonus if your friend is approved for either card — it doesn’t have to be the same card you have.
Hot Tip: Check out our guide on the best Chase Marriott Bonvoy credit cards to decide which card fits you best!
With American Express, the referral program is much more flexible. As long as you have a co-branded Marriott Bonvoy American Express card, you can send a referral link to your friend, and you will receive a referral bonus as long as your friend is approved for any Amex card!
Non-U.S.-Based Credit Cards
As we mentioned above, Aegean Airlines is, for all intents and purposes, Greece’s airline. So it makes a lot of sense that the opportunities to earn Aegean miles directly are for those located in that geographic area.
Aegean Airlines offers co-branded credit cards in 2 countries:
- Aegean Bonus Visa (Greece)
- Aegean Visa Cyprus (Cyprus)
If you’re a resident of Greece or Cyprus or have some other way of applying for these Aegean Airlines co-branded credit cards, you can directly earn Miles+Bonus miles very quickly with your ordinary spending!
Earn Miles Through Shopping
You can earn Aegean miles for your daily shopping activities. After all, if you’re going to spend the money anyway, why not use the handy Miles+Bonus shopping partners to get rewarded even more?
Miles+Bonus Shopping Partners
Miles+Bonus maintains several unique shopping partners. These are almost all focused on Greek shopping opportunities, but there are a few opportunities not limited to brick and mortar shops in Greece.
Here’s the complete list of Miles+Bonus shopping partners:
Earn Miles Through Travel
Our next category of purchases is travel purchases. And as you can probably tell, Aegean Miles+Bonus offers a diverse list of ways you can earn miles through travel.
So if you’re looking to earn bonus miles on your travel plans, whether it’s hotel bookings or plane tickets, we’ve got your covered. Let’s talk about earning Aegean miles through travel!
Airfare and Airline Purchases
The most straightforward way to earn Aegean Airlines miles is to fly on a qualifying Aegean Airlines plane ticket! And since Olympic Air is owned by Aegean Airlines, the earning structure is identical.
Your miles may take up to 60 hours after the flight is finished to be credited to your account. Also, all tickets booked in I, X, N, and R are ineligible for accruing miles.
Aegean Miles+Bonus sets out 2 separate mileage accrual schemes for flights on its own metal: 1 chart for domestic flights and 1 chart for international flights.
Here’s the domestic accrual chart:
|Aegean Miles+Bonus Accrual Chart for Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air (Domestic Flights)|
|Fare Group||Fare Class||Number of Miles Earned|
|Business class||C, D, Z, A||1,200|
|Economy class (Comfort Flex)||Y, M, B||1,000|
|Economy class (Comfort Flex)||L, W, V, O, G, Q, K, J, S, E, H, F||900|
|Economy class (Comfort Flex)||U, P, T||500|
|Economy class (Flex)||Y, M, B||800|
|Economy class (Flex)||L, W, V, O, G, Q, K, J, S, E, H, F||600|
|Economy class (Flex)||U, P, T||300|
|Economy class (Light)||Y, M, B||500|
|Economy class (Light)||L, W, V, O, G, Q, K, J, S, E, H, F||250|
|Economy class (Light)||U, P, T||100|
For example, if you book a business class ticket from Athens (ATH) to Thessaloniki (SKG) in the C fare class, you will earn 1,200 Aegean miles.
With the international accrual chart, the accrual rate is offered as a percentage of the total flight distance. Additionally, there’s a minimum number of miles you will earn.
Here’s the international accrual chart:
|Aegean Miles+Bonus Accrual Chart for Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air (International Flights)|
|Fare Group||Fare Class||Accrual Rate||Minimum Number of Miles Earned|
|Business class||C, D, Z, A||250%||2,500|
|Economy class (Comfort Flex)||Y, M, B, H||200%||1,800|
|Economy class (Comfort Flex)||L, W, V, O, G, Q, K, J, S, F||130%||1,400|
|Economy class (Comfort Flex)||U, P, T, E||100%||1,000|
|Economy class (Flex)||Y, M, B, H||150%||1,200|
|Economy class (Flex)||L, W, V, O, G, Q, K, J, S, F||100%||1,000|
|Economy class (Flex)||U, P, T, E||75%||600|
|Economy class (Light)||Y, M, B, H||100%||800|
|Economy class (Light)||L, W, V, O, G, Q, K, J, S, F||60%||500|
|Economy class (Light)||U, P, T, E||30%||200|
For example, if you fly one-way from Lisbon (LIS) to Athens (ATH) in an Aegean Airlines economy flex ticket booked in the T class, you will fly a total distance of 1,788 miles. Therefore, you will earn 75% of 1,788 miles, which is equal to 1,341 miles earned.
Crediting Star Alliance Flights to Miles+Bonus
Aegean Airlines is a Star Alliance partner, meaning you can earn Aegean Airlines miles when you fly on these various partners, like domestic U.S. flights with United Airlines, for instance!
The number of miles you’d earn will vary depending on which airline you fly on. The other factors are your fare class and your specific flight route. Check out this chart for earning Aegean miles on all Star Alliance airlines below:
Boost Your Miles With Elite Status
Aegean Miles+Bonus has 3 elite status tiers that can get you a mileage bonus of up to 20%. Unfortunately, you are only eligible to earn an elite award miles bonus on Aegean and Olympic Air flights, so keep that in mind.
Here are the 3 tiers of Miles+Bonus elite status:
- Miles+Bonus Blue — 0% bonus
- Miles+Bonus Silver — 10% bonus
- Miles+Bonus Gold — 20% bonus
You will not earn an elite status bonus on partner flights.
Car Rental Partners
Aegean Airlines is partnered exclusively with Hertz. To earn miles with Hertz, all you have to do is:
- Provide your Miles+Bonus number when making a reservation
- Show your Miles+Bonus card when you pick up your rental car
Here’s the accrual structure:
|Vehicle Type||1-Day Rentals||2- to 3-Day Rentals||4 or More Day Rentals|
|Groups A, B, and C||350 miles||700 miles||1,250 miles|
|All other groups||500 miles||1,000 miles||1,500 miles|
You will have to book via this website or at any Hertz office around the world to earn miles.
Aegean Airlines’ sole cruise partner is Celestyal Cruises, a cruise line focusing on Mediterranean journeys.
On qualifying cruises, you can earn up to 5 miles per €1 spent on the bookings, and then 1 mile per €1 spent on purchases on-board.
Qualifying cruises are booked in 1 of 2 ways:
- Celestyal Cruises website
- Celestyal Cruises phone number (+30 216 4009999)
When you book your cruise, be sure to fill in your Miles+Bonus member information. Also, when you initially board your cruise ship, you must present your Miles+Bonus card to the reception.
Greece is home to some of the most wonderful independent hotels and Aegean Airlines partners with a ton of boutique hotels and smaller hotel chains.
These are its hotel partners:
|Aegean Miles+Bonus Partner||Mileage Accrual Structure||Aegean Miles+Bonus Partner||Mileage Accrual Structure|
|Accor Live Limitless|
Can only transfer at a 2:1 ratio (2,000-point increments)
Up to 1,500 miles per stay
|Anatolia Hotels Thessaloniki|
Up to 1,500 miles per stay
|Aquila Atlantic Hotel||Makedonia Palace Hotel|
|Aristi Mountain Resort Resort & Villas||Marriott Bonvoy|
Can only transfer at a 3:1 ratio with a 5,00- mile bonus after every 60,000 points
|Ariti Hotel Corfu|
Up to 1,500 miles per stay
|Mayor Hotels & Resorts||Varies|
|Astra Suites||Mediterranean Beach Hotel|
|Athenaeum Hotels||Mediterranean Hotel Rhodes|
|Atlantica Hotels & Resorts|
Up to 1,500 miles per stay
|Myconian Collection Hotels & Resorts|
|Best Western Plaza Rhodes||Perianth Hotel|
|Centrum Hotel||Porto Palace Hotel Thessaloniki|
|Chandris Hotels & Resorts|
Up to 1,500 miles per stay
|Porto Veneziano Hotel|
|Daios Hotels||Varies||Ramada Plaza Thraki|
|Divani Collection Hotels||Rocabella Santorini Hotel & Spa|
|Domotel Hotels & Resorts||Varies||Rodos Palace|
|Electra Hotels & Resorts||Rodos Park Suites & Spa|
|Elena Hotel||Santorini Secret Suites & Spa|
|Elysian Hotel||Serenissima Boutique Hotel|
|Elysium Hotel||Siorra Vittoria Boutique Hotel|
|Epirus Palace Hotel||St. George Lycabettus Boutique Hotel|
|Grand Serai Congress & Spa Hotel||Sunrise Resort Hotel|
|Heliotopos Hotel||TOR Hotel Group|
Up to 1,500 miles per stay
|Heliotrope Boutique Hotel||Trésor Hotels and Resorts|
Up to 1,000 miles per stay
|Hotel Nikopolis Thessaloniki|
Up to 1,500 miles per stay
Hotel Booking Portals
You don’t have to stay at these hotels to earn miles on your accommodations.
Aegean Miles+Bonus is partners with a couple of hotel booking portals:
To earn Aegean miles with Booking.com, you’ll need to visit Booking.com’s partner site with Aegean Airlines and enter your Miles+Bonus number when completing your hotel reservation.
To earn miles with Rocketmiles, you’ll need to visit Rocketmiles’ partner website with Aegean Airlines and enter your Miles+Bonus number when completing your reservation.
Hot Tip: Don’t forget to brush up on the best ways to redeem Aegean Miles too!
Specialty Earnings for Aegean Airlines
Now that we’ve gone over all of the mainstream ways you can earn Miles+Bonus miles, let’s touch on all of the miscellaneous, specialty ways to earn miles.
Health and Beauty Partners in Greece
There are quite a number of Aegean Airlines health and beauty partners, which are almost all in Greece. Here are the partners on which you can earn miles:
Culture and Entertainment Partners in Greece
Aegean Miles+Bonus partners with a handful of unique culture and entertainment partners in Greece. If you find yourself in Greece and want to savor experiences, check out theme parks, or enjoy the various arts, you’ll want to check if you can earn Aegean miles!
Food and Drink Partners in Greece
Greece is famous for its fresh Mediterranean cuisine. Whether you’re into fresh seafood or contemporary dishes, you’ll be able to earn lots of bonus miles in pretty much every major Greek city.
Here are the Miles+Bonus food and drink partners you can earn miles on:
Buy Insurance Online
One of the more unique options to earn Miles+Bonus miles is to buy car insurance. How does this work?
With Miles+Bonus partner Hella Direct, you can purchase car insurance completely online in Greece or home insurance in Greece or Cyprus and earn Aegean Airlines miles!
With car insurance, you will earn 10 miles per €1 spent on your first-time contract. On every renewed contract, you will earn 5 miles per €1 spent. Car insurance is only available in Greece.
With home insurance, you will earn 10 miles per €1 spent on your first-time contract. On every renewed contract, you will earn 5 miles per €1 spent. Home insurance is available in Greece and Cyprus.
When you purchase the insurance, all you have to do is enter your Aegean Miles+Bonus Member ID in the “Voucher Code” field and you’ll be good to go!
Buy Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus Miles
The very last method to earn Aegean Miles+Bonus miles is to purchase them outright.
You can buy up to 50,000 Miles+Bonus miles per membership year in increments of 1,000. You will pay a price of €25 for every 1,000 Miles+Bonus miles purchased.
When you buy miles, they will appear in your account instantly so you can redeem them as soon as possible.
To buy miles, follow these steps:
- Log into your Miles+Bonus account.
- On the top-right, click on the profile icon and click My Miles+Bonus Account.
- Scroll down and go to the menu that says I want to …. and click Purchase miles.
- Choose Award miles.
- Select the number of miles you’d like to purchase and complete the purchase by entering your payment information.
Because Aegean Airlines is the main airline connecting many to Greek society, there are lots of opportunities to maximize the program. The key, however, is to earn as many Aegean miles as possible.
And with many ways ranging from booking travel with Aegean Airlines directly to crediting your partner flights (like United Airlines) to Miles+Bonus and even booking spa treatments in Greece, you’ll have plenty of different avenues to amass Miles+Bonus miles.
Hopefully, this guide was helpful for you to learn about all the various, lucrative ways to earn lots of Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus miles!
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