Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus has been my primary frequent flyer program for the past two years. My next two trips to Europe are on SAS Scandinavian Airlines. The great deal with Aegean Miles+Bonus is 100% flight miles earned as redeemable miles and elite tier points for deep discount economy tickets on SAS Scandinavian. United and Air Canada deep discount economy fares only earn 50% flight miles. Miles&More airlines cheap economy K class tickets and some cheap TAP Portugal flights do not earn any Aegean miles. SAS Scandinavian is the sweet spot for Aegean Miles+Bonus flyers.
SAS Scandinavian Airlines earning 100% flight miles as redeemable miles and elite qualifying miles means flying USA to Europe on a $450 ticket San Francisco-Copenhagen-Stockholm and back earns all 11,655 flight miles as redeemable miles and elite tier points – like in old days with American, Delta and United. In fact, Aegean Miles+Bonus member gets even more credit than 11,655 flight miles.
Aegean Miles+Bonus has a 600 miles minimum per flight segment earned on SAS flights. This rule tacks on another 520 miles to the 680 mile flight distance CPH-ARN-CPH each way for a total 12,175 flight miles and tier points in Aegean Miles+Bonus for a San Francisco to Stockholm round trip.
Total round trip SFO-CPH-ARN-CPH-SFO flights on SAS credited to Aegean Miles+Bonus earns 12,175 redeemable miles and tier points for a single ticket as low as $450-$500 during sales from LAX or SFO. There is a FlySAS Scandinavian Airlines sale happening this week through March 21.
I think LAX tends to have more low fares than SFO for SAS tickets.
There are only a handful of cities in USA with SAS direct flights to Scandinavia.
Aegean Miles + Bonus California to Europe award tickets
Aegean charges 30,000 miles for California-Europe one way economy class Star Alliance award ticket and 45,000 miles one way for Business Class..
I examined award flight availability to analyze award ticket cost to a deeper degree than I have in the past three years as an Aegean Miles+Bonus active member.
My initial impressions for award travel between California and Europe are high fees seen with an all Miles & More airlines itinerary, even 5x more at €200 and more to fly San Francisco to Frankfurt compared to €5 for a United nonstop LAX/SFO to London. €30 to €60 lowest fees on SAS and slightly more at €40-60 flying TAP Portugal and these two airlines in conjunction with United Airlines flights.
Small €5 to €6 additional charge to add domestic United flight on award ticket from Stockholm to Monterey, flying SAS nonstop Stockholm to LAX.
Only two flight segments allowed for Aegean Miles+Bonus award ticket.
A limitation with Aegean Miles+Bonus awards is only nonstop and two flight segments award tickets are allowed. A tool like Kayak Direct Flights comes in handy to see which cities in Europe have nonstop flights on Star Alliance carriers to LAX, SFO, SJC, or wherever you may be traveling.
Aegean Miles+Bonus sample award tickets for California to/from Europe
July 10 San Francisco to London LHR flying United Airlines nonstop 30,000 miles + €4.96
Here are some examples of how Miles & More airlines increase the cost of an Aegean Miles+Bonus award ticket significantly.
July 10 San Francisco to Copenhagen UA/SAS 30,000 miles + €26.57 one way
Change United and SAS Scandinavian to a United and Lufthansa flight via Frankfurt.
July 10 San Francisco to Copenhagen UA/LH 30,000 miles + €75.61 one way
Change United transatlantic flight to Lufthansa and award ticket shoots way up in price.
July 10 San Francisco to Copenhagen LH 30,000 miles + €218.62 one way
July 18 Copenhagen to San Francisco 30,000 miles + €36.41 one way
July 15 Copenhagen to Los Angeles SAS 30,000 miles + €43.90 one way
Low priced one-way award tickets to and from cities across Europe make an open-jaw itinerary a potential way of traveling to far flung multiple cities in one general direction across Europe without backtracking to the original arrival city for a flight home. Intra-European flights are generally cheap with planning.
July 10 San Francisco to Lisbon United/TAP Portugal 30,000 miles + €35.79 one way
July 18 Lisbon to San Francisco TAP Portugal 30,000 miles + €43.14 one way
July 22 Prague to San Francisco TAP Portugal 30,000 miles + €61.30 one way
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