As an Aegean Miles+Bonus member, you are entitled to 2 upgrade coupons to business class if you have Silver status and 4 upgrade coupons as a Gold status. The coupons are renewed each year as long as you keep your status.
I used this opportunity to upgrade my return flight from Lebanon to Brussels via Athens when I became Silver member. In July, I did the same route BRU-ATH-BEY in return trip and upgraded all 4 legs as I was Gold member!
My first experienced started in Beirut. The flight from Beirut to Athens would take about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
I really dislike the airport in Beirut. They forget to make a priority lane at check-in for example. The worst has yet to come: immigration queue. This one took about 45 minutes… When I finally arrived at the lounge I wasn’t impressed at all. Very depressing lounge with drinks options, a few sweets and some snacks.
I had to choose from sandwich with cheese, meat pastries or sweets.
There were magazines and newspapers available in the lounge too.
It was time to board so I went to the gate and had to board the bus with all other passengers. This was my seat.
I received a welcome drink. When boarding was completed I realised only 1A (me) and 1F were occupied in business class. The other seats were empty.
I also received a menu to choose my breakfast.
I decided to go for the spinach omelette. Right after choosing I had my meal within 3 minutes. I was not disappointed and everything tasted quite good.
Right after finishing my meal we were starting to descend. We arrived earlier than scheduled and me and the other business class passenger had our own bus to the terminal. As a transit passenger you have to pass the baggage claim hall in Athens, which is pretty unusual in most airports. Arriving at about 5:30 in the morning, I was the only passenger in the hall.
I quickly walked to the gates because I wanted to enjoy an hour in the refurbished Aegean Business Lounge. The new lounge looks quite nice and there’s a lot of food selection.
At around 6:30 in the morning, the place become very busy though. I saw some spinach-feta cheese pie [spanakopita] so enjoyed this great morning snack at the lounge.
There is a lot of place to sit though so even if it is busy you’ll probably find a spot.
I only had a one hour layover so I had to go to the gate already. As I boarded and went to my seat, 1A aegean… 1F was occupied by another business passenger and the rest was empty, just like my previous flight. Everything was similar as my flight from Beirut to Athens. I asked a pillow to rest as the flight from Beirut to Athens was a real red-eye flight.
I received the breakfast menu and unfortunately I had the same options.
This time I chose for the quiche [sfougatto] and was delicious too.
One more picture of the view of the alps from my window.
I enjoyed my flights with Aegean. The meals were good but I only had the chance to try the breakfast unfortunately. The seats are good and the flight attendants are kind, just ask them if you need anything. Would I pay for a business class seat? Probably not, as most of the times they’re priced for around €500 which is way too much. With Gold status you get 4 vouchers every year to upgrade to business and for 10,000 miles you can book a domestic flight with them in business!
If you wonder how the Aegean lounge is at the A gates. It is nice too. There are less meal options, it is a bit smaller, but it is less busy.
Aegean Airlines has updated their meals. I recently flew them again (BRU-ATH-BEY-ATH-BRU), 4 flights in business class and I had great meals on those flights.
Pre-Departure drink. I always choose Soda because then I get a whole can – I am a thirsty person.Ready for take-off in the evening at Athens Airport.
Received this delicious meal from Athens to Beirut.Time for a delicious dessert and a coffee.
If you wonder how the breakfast is nowadays at Aegean Airlines, I recently flew Athens – Brussels and I received an oats tart with cheese. It was one of my favourite meals I received from Aegean!
PS: If you need some rest, don’t forget to ask a pillow! They have a secret stock of pillows but it looks like they try to hide it for economy passengers. I might be wrong though.