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Get 1,000 free Avios via – bizarrely – Star Alliance member Aegean Airlines

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Yes, odd as it may seen, Star Alliance member Aegean Airlines would like to give you 1,000 Avios in return for 10 minutes work.

Other mileage programmes are also available, plus Eurostar points.

Unfortunately, due to a rule change by Aegean, this is now more of a faff than it should be. You now need to wait until December to do Stage 3 of my plan below.

For 12 days, ending on 1st December, Aegean Airlines is offering 5,000 free miles in its Miles+Bonus scheme to everyone who signs up. Via a roundabout route, it should be possible to turn these into 1,000 Avios.

Stage 1: You need an Aegean Miles+Bonus account, which currently comes with 5,000 free miles

It’s very simple. You visit this page of the Aegean Airlines website, click on ‘Register’ and fill in the form.

You want to select the default option of opening a Miles+Bonus account rather than the ‘Basic’ option which just registers you with the website.

Until last weekend, the miles would post INSTANTLY. See below:

5000 free Aegean Airlines miles

However, Aegean has now changed the rules. You will receive 1,000 miles now and the remainder by 15th December. This is what you now see when you register:

5000 free Aegean Airlines miles

If you are planning to visit Greece soon, 5,000 Miles+Bonus miles are good for a one-way domestic flight redemption so you might want to keep them.

If you want Avios or a €20 hotel voucher, read on.

5000 free Aegean Airlines miles

Stage 2: You need an Accor Live Limitless account

Aegean Airlines is a two-way transfer partner with hotel loyalty programme Accor Live Limitless. Accor owns Novotel, Sofitel, ibis, Raffles, Swissotel, Mercure etc.

Aegean miles transfer at 4:1 into Accor Live Limitless, in multiples of 2,000 miles.

If you don’t have an Accor Live Limitless account, you need to open one. Visit the Accor website here.

Next step …. decide what reward you want

You will receive 1,000 Accor Live Limitless points when you transfer 4,000 Aegean Miles+Bonus points.

If you already collect Accor Live Limitless points, you may want to leave them there. For every 2,000 Accor points you collect, you can save €40 on your next hotel booking.

For everyone else, you should set your Accor account to auto-convert the points into an airline scheme or Club Eurostar.

Here is the important bit. If you want Avios, you should select Iberia Plus and not British Airways. The transfer rate to Iberia Avios is 1:1 but to British Airways Avios it is 2:1. This is the difference between receiving 1,000 Avios or 500 Avios.

You can set up Iberia auto-conversion on this page of the Accor website. Click ‘Convert your Rewards Points’.

It will tell you that auto-conversion to Iberia requires a minimum of 3,000 points. This is not true, at least for me. My Avios go across after each transaction. My wife’s account works in the same way.

If Accor DOES try to impose a 3,000 point minimum on conversions, you will be left with 1,000 orphaned Accor points. You would need to top them up via a stay to either 2,000 points for a €40 voucher or 3,000 points for a transfer to Iberia.

Stage 3: How to convert your Aegean Miles+Bonus miles (on 15th December)

By 15th December your Aegean balance will have increased to 5,000 Miles+Bonus miles.

Once you have an Accor Live Limitless membership number, you can convert your Aegean Miles+Bonus miles.

This is page you need – I recommend clicking the link because it is fiddly to find directly. You should see this:

5000 free Aegean Airlines miles

Say that you want to convert 4,000 of your 5,000 Miles+Bonus miles and you get this:

5000 free Aegean Airlines miles

The reason that I could do the conversion and you can’t is that the rules changed. Over the weekend you received all 5,000 miles in one go. Now you need to wait until 15th December for the second batch.

How long does it take for my points to arrive in Accor?

I don’t know. The terms say up to six weeks. Because this offer closes on 1st December, I have chosen to write about it before I actually received my own points.

I actioned my transfer from Aegean on Sunday but nothing has yet arrived – not surprising, given the six weeks quoted. Once they hit Accor, it will take another few days for them to arrive at Iberia.

From Iberia Plus, you can use ‘Convert My Avios’ to move them to British Airways Executive Club. We explain how ‘Convert My Avios’ works here.

There is, of course, a chance that Accor tries to retrospectively impose restrictions on these 5,000 bonus miles. Given that the 5,000 miles sign-up offer ends on 1st December, I think they will leave it rather than try to rewrite their IT.


This is a bit of a faff, I admit, given that you need to wait until 15th December to finalise your transfer out of Aegean. It’s up to you whether you jump in.

Remember that, whilst I headlined this article with ‘get 1,000 Avios’, you would get more value by leaving your 1,000 points in Accor and using them for a hotel discount. This requires you to get your balance up to 2,000 points via a stay.

You’d get even more value by leaving your miles in Aegean and using them for a domestic flight in Greece, but realistically that isn’t suitable for most readers.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

30,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (64)

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  • Rob says:

    This is what I think happened. For Euro 15 you could transfer your 5000 miles to another person. This is actually really cheap. I am guessing you could open 20 accounts in false names, merge the 100,000 miles into one account for Euro 285 and then probably book a return Business Class flight to the US.

    • BP says:

      My plan was to open 100 accounts in my name, transfer the points to one Accor account and have a weekend at the Savoy next year. Unfortunately I was asked to provide id after transferring the points from my first account so I didn’t bother opening any more.

      Years ago I opened a load of BMI accounts when you got 1000 bonus Avois when opening an account. They transferred to avois/BA fine on that occasion.

      • xcalx says:

        You should have also opened BMI accounts when the 9000, 4000 and the retricted 5000 for russian residents. All these accounts were eventually transferable to household accounts then on to BA. Sometimes you have to sit on these kind of offers for a few years. They don’t all win I had lets say a few Air berlin accounts that south.

  • Simon says:

    Did other people get the extra 4,000 points? I followed the steps on the day the article was published and checked back today (the 15th) and my balance is still showing 1,000.

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